A Chance To Scramble For(e) SHGM Cancer Center
Golf event June 9 to raise funds for Gerber Memorial’s increasingly busy cancer center
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will host a golf charity fundraiser on Friday, June 9, at Waters Edge Golf Course in Fremont to support the hospital’s local cancer center. The 17th Annual Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Golf Scramble presented by RTS Construction Group starts at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., and ends with a lunch at 2 p.m. Registration cost is $600 for a foursome or $150 per golfer.
“Our annual golf scramble has been a great opportunity for our community to come out and enjoy 18 holes of golf while supporting a facility that benefits many families in Newaygo County and beyond,” said Gerber Memorial Fund Development Director Paul Bedient. “Gerber Memorial is thankful to have the continuing support of our community, especially for our cancer center, which treats more patients every year. We’re also very appreciative to have RTS Construction Group as our title sponsor this year and expect to have a fun event while making life a little bit easier for our cancer patients.”
Registration is available through Monday, June 5, online: give.spectrumhealth.org/gerber-memorial/golf.
The Spectrum Health Cancer Center at Gerber Memorial sees 875 patients, an increase of 75 patients compared to a year ago, with many of them from the Newaygo County area.
In 2016, Gerber Memorial’s annual cancer golf fundraiser attracted more than 100 participants and raised $31,000 for the cancer center. Those funds helped remodel patient treatment rooms, two iPads patients can use during treatment sessions and purchase two automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, for the cancer center.
Lunch will be catered by Lakes 23 Restaurant and Pub at Waters Edge, with a barbecue backyard menu of burgers, hot dogs, onions, pub chips, pasta salad and chocolate brownies.
Further questions about donations to the outing or registration can be directed to Spectrum Health Foundation Gerber Memorial Specialist Loretta Towne at 231.924.3681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee Awards Six Grants
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of Fremont Area Community Foundation recently announced the results of its YAC grant round, awarding funding to six local agencies and programs serving youth.
Organizations receiving funding include Alpha Family Center of Newaygo, Newaygo County Council for the Arts, Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center, Newaygo County Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Stage Door Players, and TrueNorth Community Services.
Grants were awarded to a variety of programs and will support learning experiences in the arts, infant safe sleep kits, initiatives addressing teen pregnancy and healthy relationships, connecting youth to local history, and more.
Grant applications were reviewed by YAC members who come from each Newaygo County public high school and the local homeschool community. The group used the results of a needs assessment survey distributed in local schools to develop funding priorities.
YAC members also conducted site visits before their grant application opened, both to share information about the grant funding available and to learn more about local nonprofit organizations.
YAC grants are awarded once a year to programs impacting local youth. Applications are available in February and due on March 1. For more information, visit facommunityfoundation.org or call 231.924.5350.
The Youth Advisory Committee of Fremont Area Community Foundation is a student-run committee focused on meeting the needs of Newaygo County youth through grantmaking and service learning. The committee is comprised of 24 high school students representing Fremont, Grant, Hesperia, Newaygo, and White Cloud public high schools as well as the homeschooling community.
Spring Donors Luncheon Focuses on Addressing Poverty in Newaygo County
On March 24, Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF) hosted 65 guests at its annual Spring Donors Luncheon.
The luncheon program focused on the Community Foundation’s work with local partners to move residents from poverty to prosperity. Carla Roberts, FACF president and CEO, introduced the program by talking about the Community Foundation’s in-depth exploration of poverty in Newaygo County and how research informed a shift in funding priorities.
“We learned that while the Community Foundation had expended over $22.5 million from 2000 to 2012, we were seeing a steady increase in the number of families living in distress,” said Roberts. “We knew that we needed to shift our funding from poverty alleviation to poverty reduction. Or, to coin a common phrase, from giving a person a fish to teaching them how to fish.”
Representatives from two programs working to...
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The Girls on the Run Program proved successful once again at White Cloud Elementary. Under the coaching of Jana Dakin and Stephanie Cruzan, eighteen girls in grades 3-5 participated in practices twice a week. The girls were coached in developing and improving competence, feeling self confidence, developing strength of character, & responding to others with care and compassion.
These were just just a few life skills that the team concentrated on during the season. The Girls on the Run Program is a physical activity-based positive youth development program designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, psychological, and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. The culminating event was a 5K run, which took place on Friday evening in Fremont.
Participants included: Tanayah Klammer, Audrey Proctor, Eden Gedmin, Gracie Holmes, Anna Mohr, Annie Feldpausch, Riley Balke, Allie Rodriguez, Jaden Gomez, Addison England, Hannah Cruzan, Aaliyah Eaton, Ryley Tancock, Hope Bell, Charlotte Karnes, Gabriella Dakin, Rilie Heether, and Payten Bird.
River Cleanup Yields Treasure Trove Of Trash
NNA volunteers give back to the Mighty Muskegon
By Scott Faulkner
Dozens of perfectly good fishing lures. Miles of monofilament line. Bags of disgusting plastic debris of questionable origin. But the grand prize?
How about a half buried truck tire with the rim still mounted?!!
Such are the prized treasures of a spirited Muskegon River cleanup that occurred on Saturday May 20, sponsored by the Newaygo Nationals Association (NNA), a local non-profit more commonly known for their...
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The nationally recognized workshops, called Talk Early & Talk Often, are two-hour sessions designed to help parents and caregivers of high school youth recognize and use opportunities to...
Compassion Home Moving Forward
Gerber Memorial nurses spearheading Newaygo County’s first hospice home to hold fundraiser
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The fundraiser will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and feature fun, exciting gifts and packages to benefit a good cause, the establishment of Compassion Home, a hospice home that can serve three guests a time.
“We invite everyone in the community to join our fun, festive evening that truly celebrates life and our loved ones, by supporting the establishment of a home that can provide compassionate, respectful end-of-life care for people who can’t stay in their own homes,” said Ann Lapres-Hindes, who along with..
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Growing old can be a difficult journey and caring for an aging loved one can be very challenging. In the midst of all of the changes that accompany growing old, many desire to live in the familiarity of their own homes for as long as possible. Many caregivers, whether it is a child, relative or family friend, do their best to juggle their schedules around work, driving children to activities, getting dinner on the table and still finding time to help with...
Guest Article: Stop Gap Studio Offering Free Art Classes In Newaygo
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Fifth Annual Free Festival Features Fire Trucks, Family Fun
Health and Safety Day coming to Tamarac May 13th
Fremont, Mich – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will feature fire trucks, an obstacle course, crash scene demonstrations, free screenings, a bounce house and family fun activities at its Fifth Annual Health and Safety Day at Tamarac, 1401 West Main Street, Fremont on May 13.
The event – which includes a nod to Mothers’ Day – is free and the public is invited to join in the fun and informative event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is thrilled to host our fifth annual Health and Safety Day to showcase information that can keep families safe, as well as roll out fun activities for the whole family,” said Josh Gustafson, director of community health. “Gerber Memorial is grateful to...