In the midst of a late snowstorm over 550 people attended and helped raise over $155,000 at the 18th annual A Northern Tradition, Mid Michigan College’s annual fundraiser, which took place April 14 at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare.

“The community really stepped forward to support the College again this year,” said Scott Mertes, Vice President of Community Outreach & Advancement at Mid Michigan College.“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 the ticket purchasers.”

A Northern Tradition is the College’s biggest fundraiser. In eighteen years, it has raised over $1.7 million to support students. The proceeds from this event allow the Mid Michigan College Foundation to support the College’s services to the community through scholarships, program development, improved facilities, and programs for at-risk youth.

Students of Promise, a program sponsored by Mid's Foundation and largely funded by A Northern Tradition, focuses on expanding the horizons of opportunity for local 7th – 12th grade students facing significant challenges in their lives. The program promotes cultural awareness and academic achievement while providing a support system to help these academically promising students soar to new heights.

Attendees enjoyed an evening of exclusive shopping and exceptional food provided by local restaurants.Participants were excited to meet special guest, Jeff Chadwick, a former NFL wide receiver, and to interact with this year’s featured artist, Robin Murray.

Every ticket holder received a $25 gift certificate, donated by Jay’s Sporting Goods, and a numbered and signed art print by Murray. Ticket holders were also entered into a raffle for a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting Goods, which was won by Erica Bohy of Farwell .

“We’re very pleased with the community’s enthusiastic support of the College and Foundation,” 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 A Northern Tradition, visit or contact Scott Mertes at or (989) 386-6622 x230.

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