2014-01-26 / Front Page

Chesaning Chamber gets River Days funds rolling at annual dinner

BY JEANNE MARCELLO STAFF REPORTER


TAKE A NUMBER – H & R Block Manager Steven Keck (center) and his wife Chesaning School Board Vice President Julie Keck eagerly raise their hands to grab the largest number (150) for the River Days fundraiser roll-out. Meanwhile, on the right, Chamber President Randy Stoddard and his wife Eileen Stoddard appreciate the burst of enthusiasm as chamber members jumped at the chance to support the new Chesaning River Days Festival, July 11 - 13, 2014. On the far left, former chamber president Chris Wood enjoys the flurry of excitement. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) TAKE A NUMBER – H & R Block Manager Steven Keck (center) and his wife Chesaning School Board Vice President Julie Keck eagerly raise their hands to grab the largest number (150) for the River Days fundraiser roll-out. Meanwhile, on the right, Chamber President Randy Stoddard and his wife Eileen Stoddard appreciate the burst of enthusiasm as chamber members jumped at the chance to support the new Chesaning River Days Festival, July 11 - 13, 2014. On the far left, former chamber president Chris Wood enjoys the flurry of excitement. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) CHESANING – The Chesaning Chamber of Commerce just raised $2,404 in startup money for the 2014 Chesaning River Days during the chamber’s annual meeting Jan. 18.

Chamber Board Director Melissa Schneider of St. Mary’s of Michigan came up with the idea for the fundraiser, according to Chamber Board Secretary Bobbi Bates. Bates explained how it works.

There are 150 envelopes, numbered (1 - 150), tacked onto a bulletin board. Each number represents the dollar amount to be placed inside the envelope. The money will be used to fund the new community festival, Chesaning River Days.

Even while Bates and Schneider were explaining the fund raiser, many chamber members jumped up to grab envelopes. Several said they chose particular numbers to coincide with their business’s anniversary in 2014, number of years married, or just because. Village President Joe Sedar, Jr. said he picked the number 125 because that’s what his wife, Deana, told him. Whatever the reason, donors can choose a number or combination of numbers and make a donation in that amount to the Chesaning Chamber.

Before the end of the evening, 38 numbers had been claimed, representing $2,404 raised. Once all the numbers are claimed and money collected, they will have raised $11,325 for River Days. Bates explained that they wanted to have the festival expenses paid for in advance.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the Chesaning River Days Fundraiser can stop by the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce office, under the water tower, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or for more information, call the Chamber at (989) 845- 3055.

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