Gladwin American Legion Baseball online auction

To the Editor:

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Gladwin American Legion Baseball Team Online Auction through Adam Breault Auctions. The auction ended Sunday and was highly successful. Although we were disappointed that we were not able to hold our annual in-person event at the Knights of Columbus Hall as we have for the past 24 years, we were grateful for the opportunity to have this online event and look forward to returning to our in-person event in February 2022.

We auctioned 289 items, including 65 autographed pro sports related items and a set of Tigers Stadium box seats. Other items included Detroit pro and university team apparel, beautiful quilts by Lori Molesworth, and numerous other items. Adam Breault did a great job of promoting the auction as we had over 100 active bidders and a lot of bidding action the last few days of the auction including several bids coming from outside the state of Michigan.

We wish to thank our major donors: Adam Breault; George Corlew; Lori Molesworth; Ken Govitz; Steve Stuck; Kathy Songer; Tom Schupbach; Great Lakes Loons; S & H Engraving, Scott and Tammy Hawblitzel; Gladwin High School Athletics; Beaverton High School Athletics; Quality Truck and Auto Accessories; Labadie Toyota; DeShano Foundation; DeShano Construction; Bob Schafer, Commander Gladwin American Legion Post 171; Gladwin Post 171 and Post 171 Auxiliary members; Dave Finzel; Dave and Janet Poxon; Gladwin Tank Manufacturing; 103.1 WGDN-FM, Steve Costen and Todd; The Gladwin County Record; Midland Daily News, Fred Kelly and Dan Chalk; Arenac County Independent; Pam and Mike Cingano; Keith and Brenda Matthews; Troy Gary; Scott Wicke; Dennis Cantrell; Dan Merillat; Mark Novak; Ryan Raymond.  

A special thank you to my wife, Eileen; daughter, Alicia; and son, Scott for their endless hours of obtaining donations and other items for the auction and for working to prepare all items and documents for our fundraising event. Without their help and support, it would not be a success.  

We would also like to thank all the players, parents, coaches, and especially the bidders who made this first ever online auction a success.  The funds raised at this year’s auction will allow us to run the Gladwin American Legion Baseball Program again this year, our 30th season since starting the program in 1992.  

Our mission is to give the very best baseball players in the area the opportunity to improve their skills against the best competition in the state and to advance to play at the collegiate level. In 29 years, over 450 players have played Gladwin American Legion Baseball with over 120 players using their high school and Legion experience to move on to a college baseball career. Fifty-three players from Gladwin HS and thirty-nine from Beaverton HS have been part of the Class “AA” Gladwin American Legion Program since 1992. 

The Class “AA” Gladwin Post 171 Team had a very successful season in 2019 finishing with a 39-6 record and winning five tournaments including the eight team Bernard Barnes-DeShano Construction Invitational. Post 171 also won the Zone 4 Tournament and State of Michigan Tournament Championships for the first time in program history and finished third in the Great Lakes Regional in Charleston, IL. In 2020, American Legion Baseball did not sanction summer baseball due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Gladwin played safely observing play-safe protocols as an independent summer team under the name “Gladwin Thunder.” As the “Gladwin Thunder,” we had a safe and successful season finishing with a 29-6 record, playing exclusively on the road, no home games at Wilmot Field due to high school facilities not being available for competition. Hopefully, in the summer of 2021, Wilmot Field will once again be available, allowing us to host home games including the Bernard Barnes Memorial Baseball Invitational Tournament sponsored by DeShano Construction in June. 

This summer, we will again sponsor the Gladwin Lightning Team, a Class “A” American Legion Team.  The Lightning are coached by Troy Gary and Scott Wicke and consists of players from both Beaverton and Gladwin High Schools.  Last summer, as high school coaches weren’t allowed by MHSAA Rules to coach their high school players in competition, the Lightning were only able to hold practices and scrimmages in June and July. We look forward to the Lightning being able to return to competition this summer.

Thanks, again, to everyone for supporting the Gladwin American Legion Baseball Program, Adam Breault Auction, and the best baseball players in the mid Michigan area. Please stay safe and support all the local businesses who have been hit so hard by the reaction to the COVID-19 virus. See you this summer at Wilmot Field for the 30th season of Gladwin Post 171 American Legion Baseball!

Terry Brokoff 

Gladwin American Legion Baseball

 

Holiday donations

To the Editor:

The Sacred Heart Mission would like to thank everyone who donated to the food drive at Save A Lot for the holiday food bags. Your donations were the largest holiday donations received at the Save A Lot stores! The donations helped feed many in our county over the holidays and it kept on giving. The store won a $500 prize from their corporate office and they donated this to the Sacred Heart Mission. We thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity. God Bless you all!

Yvette Keast

Sacred Heart Mission 

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