Tickets are now available for A Northern Tradition, Mid Michigan College’s annual fundraiser, which is planned for April 14 at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare.Last year, more than 750 people attended the event, helping the College raise over $100,000 to support student scholarships, enhanced educational opportunities, improved facilities, and programs for local youth.More than $1.6 million has been raised by this event in the last 17 years.

As the special guest at A Northern Tradition, Jeff Chadwick plans to share stories from his time in the NFL and sign autographs. Jeff Chadwick, a former NFL wide receiver, played for the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, and Los Angeles Rams. During his career, Jeff totaled 292 pass receptions for 4,546 yards and 27 touchdowns. Chadwick graduated from Grand Valley State University, and currently resides in Clare, Michigan.

This year’s commemorative art print, Michigan Royals, features a 12-point bull elk, known as a royal, created by featured artist Robin Murray. Robin Murray lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is a self-taught realism artist. From a young age, he was taught to appreciate nature and enjoyed observing wildlife in its natural habitat, especially while alongside his grandfather. A numbered and signed print of Murray’s original painting is presented as an exclusive gift to A Northern Tradition ticketholders.

“This year’s event promises to be exceptional,” said Scott Mertes, Vice President of Community Outreach & Advancement at Mid Michigan College.“We’re thrilled to welcome our special guest and artist, while offering a one-of-a-kind evening to attendees.”

Each $50 ticket, provides the attendee with a $25 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting Goods, a commemorative art print, and a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s.Many area restaurants also plan to be in attendance serving free appetizers and desserts, and a number of interesting demonstrations, from live music to fly tying, make it an evening to remember.

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

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