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The Ride March 7th

The Ride March 7th
Mercy Health Arena Muskegon

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Your Plate or Mine Benefit for Jennifer Davis February 25th at the Lakes Mall - Britta Cleveland Reports

It is always my sincere pleasure to sit down and chat with my dear friend Kate Lillie who is the brilliant heart and mind behind YOUR PLATE OR MINE located inside the Lakes Mall in Muskegon. For years Kate has put her entire heart into our community and her amazing ceramic/canvas painting shop… creating timeless memories for countless people across the Lakeshore area… but nowadays YOUR PLATE OR MINE has a whole new special purpose for Kate’s beautiful daughter, Jennifer Davis who is bravely battling a very serious heart condition. 

She is a loved wife and mother of four young children enduring a very scary, debilitating heart condition. 
Click Here to Help Jennifer Davis

This Tuesday, February 25th from 6pm to 8:30pm at YOUR PLATE OR MINE in the Lakes Mall, Muskegon they will be hosting a Public Fundraiser Canvas Painting event benefiting Jennifer Davis. The cost is only $35 per painter, with $10 of each painting going to help Jennifer with her mounting medical costs. The canvas painting class includes a 10”x20” canvas, all of the paint and supplies needed to create your masterpiece...and step by step instructions by the teacher. This is a family friendly event for all who are 8 years of age and older. Space is limited so please call to make a reservation.

For all those who are interested in participating is this event ….or if you would simply like more information about helping out Jennifer Davis and her family please see the information listed below.

Public Fundraiser Canvas Painting event for Jennifer Davis
located inside the Lakes Mall, Muskgon
Tuesday, February 25...6pm – 8:30pm
Reservations are requested
(231) 799-1918

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Gavin and Kamden Cross - Making a Difference for Shelter Animals in Muskegon

We all work to try and make a difference for causes that matter to us.  Some work to help others who struggle with long term illness others, work to make sure those who go without have the needs like food clothing and shelter.  As we experience life, we develop friends who think like we do and we develop networks of like minded people who share their beliefs and work toward making a difference.  You gotta start somewhere!

Meet Gavin and Kamden Cross.  Sure, they are students in Mona Shores Middle School but, they are no strangers to working toward a goal of making sure the needs of others are taken care of.  Their mom, Jenny Cross, started the Andy Cross "Whatever it Takes" organization when they were in kindergarten.  It was in memory of their father who was lost to cancer at a very young age and left a hole in the hearts of many.  As Jenny worked to remember and honor his memory, the boys saw first hand the impact that could be made when it comes to making a difference.  They learned well.
Care to Help? The Boys Mom has a Venmo Account You Can Donate To.

Not too long ago, inspiration hit the twins.  They had the idea that if they rolled up their sleeves and got to work they could make a difference for some of the animals in our community.  When you're in middle school, you go with what you know right?  So, the idea was that if they worked to collect things that pets need, like collars and leashes, which mean that the shelter pets are going to be getting their forever home pretty soon....they will head to that home with something new and all theirs and their adoptive families also get to know that there was a little love behind their new family member.

So, what's next?  Of course, you begin with a social media video on mom's Facebook page.  Explain what you have in mind and why and get the process rolling.  Then, the local guy with the blog who likes to show off who's doing amazing things around town gets a look at it and asks if he can help.  A time is arranged, we sit down to have a talk, learn a little bit about what it's like to be a twin...life in middle school and why it's important to help in some way and how they are going about getting things done.  Meet Gavin and Kamden and learn about their "pet project".

Nice to meet some young people who've already got the idea that making a difference is good for the community and god for them.  Yes, they were taught young and that giving spirit continues and of course..there SO many stories of people young and old who try to do their part...large or small for things that matter to them.  They all add up to making Muskegon who we are.  A town of great people who find a way to make sure needs are met and we pass along that sense of community and taking care of all of us to generations to come.  Thanks to Gavin, Kamden and Jenny Cross for coming on to share their story.

Monday, January 27, 2020

The Bling Thing - Benefiting The Hackley Library Feb 7th-8th at the Century Club

In-arguably, in the center of Downtown Muskegon we have a treasure like no other when it comes to a focal point, gathering spot, historical archive and true sense of community pride when we talk about the Hackley Library.  Even just driving by the place, the sense of awe and wonder is drawn upon immediately when you see the  grandeur of the building built in 1890.  Did you know?  The Hackley Library is on the Michigan Registry of Historic Places?

It stands today as a memorial to the Lumber Baron who donated it and as a symbol of the resilience of our community.  Sure, it's evolved with the times and of course, the Hackley Library offers all the modern amenities that any library should, but there is just something about the "special stuff" inside that grabs the heart strings of all of us, or those who just come for a visit and reminds us of what a treasure we truly have nestled in an ever growing and modernizing Downtown Muskegon.

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The Hackley Library thrives from it's support of the community but of course, there are some things within those budgets that are not covered.  Some of the areas that need to be attended to but need a hand from an organization who's purpose is to shore up funding for special projects around the library.  Be it a new awning out front...maybe it's the re-purposing of a room to accommodate a need?  Could it be modernizing some shelves?  There are lots of things that need attending to when you're 130 years old and that's where the Friends of the Hackley Library come in.

Founded in 1973, the Friends of the Hackley Library is a membership over 200 strong who work to provide for the library where some of the "gaps" are found.  The work year round to put on events to raise the needed funds through events like the used book sale, the Hackley Distinguished Lecture, and what's become their biggest event every year...The BLING THING which is happening at the Century Club Ballroom on February 7th and 8th this year!

It all kicks off Friday Feb. 7th with an early sale party.  Your $10 donation in will get you first crack at all of the "bling" like beautiful jewelry, purses, scarves, jackets and more.  There will be wine and chocolate and of course other things that "bling", all donated to the Friends of the Library to help out by local community members.  Saturday the 8th, the sale opens back up again at 10a and you can stroll through and find something amazing as well, and in the last short part of the entire event, you will find some pretty good discounts on what remains!

I met up with Barb Klingenmayer and Carol Ann Balcom to talk about the event this year and show off some of that "bling", take a listen.

To learn more about the Friends of the Hackley Library please, click on the photo below to visit their website!

Friends of Hackley Library Online