With their April 1 deadline just days away, Crawford County United Way is hoping one final fundraiser will boost its 2016 Allocation Fund to a more comfortable level.
Each year, Crawford County United Way (CCUW) invites local human services agencies to apply for funding to help reach their program goals in areas such as health, nutrition and education. Importantly, the process of reviewing these applications serves this community well by monitoring needs versus resources, and keeps CCUW in touch with changes and trends.
“The more we can raise, the more we can give,” said Executive Director Cheryll Ruley. “Our local agencies are hoping to receive funding comparable to 2015 levels and we hope everyone will help us make that happen.”
On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Spike’s Keg ‘O’ Nails in Grayling, CCUW will hold its 5th annual LAST BLAST Celebrity Server Night. All tips and 10% of all food and non-alcoholic beverage sales will be donated to CCUW by Spike’s.
Celebrities that evening will include Jordan Stancil of the Rialto Theater, Chad Patterson of Acting Up Theater Company, Jason Thompson of Bloomquist & Thompson, PLLC, Colin Hunter of Carey & Jaskowski, PLLC, Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield, and Sheryl Coyne and Maureen “Mo” Barkume of Blarney Stone Broadcasting. Diners are encouraged to “hassle the help” and tip them accordingly for the cause.
“We would like to thank Jeremy and Darcie Bowers and Carrie Cadeau and the entire staff of Spike’s for their generosity and all their help to make this event a success every year. Thank you, also, to all those who volunteer as a Celebrity Server. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of community minded people like you,” said Karen Hatley, President of CCUW.
This year, CCUW is accepting tips online prior to, during, and after the event for those who may not be able to come for dinner. Go to www.crawfordunitedway.org/give and click on the Donate button at the top of the page. Be sure to indicate which server you are tipping. “We would love to see some light-hearted competition online between the servers,” said Ruley. “It would be great for our community.”
“Please come out. Don’t let a little bridge work stop you. Bring the whole family and all of your friends,” urged Ruley, “and bring your appetites and smiles, too. We look forward to seeing you at Celebrity Server Night.”