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The Mid Michigan Community College Foundation raised over $100,000 at its 17th annual fundraiser, A Northern Tradition, which took place at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare.

A Northern Tradition is the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. In seventeen years, it has raised over $1.6 million to support students. The proceeds from this event allow the Foundation to support the College’s services to the community through scholarships, program development, improved facilities, and programs for at-risk youth.

The Foundation’s most prominent program, Students of Promise, prepares local 7th through 12th graders for college and provides a variety of cultural activities to strengthen students’ social skills.

Over 750 attendees enjoyed an evening of exclusive shopping and exceptional food provided by local restaurants.Participants were excited to meet special guest, John Ogrodnick, a former Detroit Red Wing, and to interact with this year’s artist, Peggy Lovejoy.

Every ticket holder received a $25 gift certificate, donated by Jay’s Sporting Goods, and an exclusive art print by Lovejoy.Ticket holders were also entered into a raffle for a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting Goods, which was won by Juanita Hernandez of Clare.

“The community really stepped forward to support the college again this year,” said Scott Mertes, VP of Community Outreach and Advancement.“Jay’s Sporting Goods can’t be thanked enough – this event wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for their generosity.We’re also indebted to the individual and corporate sponsors, those who provided the food and beverages, the ticket salespeople, the many volunteers, and those who purchased a ticket.”

A large portion of the funds raised came from sponsorships by local businesses and community members.

“We’re very pleased with the community’s enthusiastic support of the MMCC Foundation and its goals,” said Mertes.“We strive to provide a valuable service to the community and we truly appreciate their support of those efforts.”

For more information about the A Northern Tradition event, visit or contact Scott Mertes at or (989) 386-6622 x230.

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