Gerber Memorial rolls out Centennial Float at Harvest Festival parade
FREMONT – More than two dozen employees from Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial and Tamarac, along with their family members, rolled out Gerber Memorial’s Centennial Float during Thursday night’s Harvest Festival parade.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s Centennial float is our way of celebrating 100 years of serving our community here in Newaygo County and partnering together with families and local businesses to improve the health and wellbeing of our community,” said Gerber Memorial communications manager Azlan Ibrahim. “We greatly appreciate the support of the folks we serve that span the generations. We look forward to continue serving our community for another 100 years and meeting the health and wellness needs of our families.”
In addition to the float, Gerber Memorial also served 1,000 cupcakes to parade attendees and visitors at Veterans Memorial park in downtown Fremont.
The Centennial Float is part of the year’s ongoing celebration of Gerber Memorial’s 100th birthday since its establishment in 1918, with the donation of a house by the Gerber family to serve the community’s medical needs. On Saturday, Sept. 22, Gerber Memorial is cosponsoring a Cancer Commemorative Walk during the Trail Town celebration in White Cloud, together with the Gerber Federal Credit Union, Gerber Nestle and Power Graphics.
This summer, Gerber Memorial also celebrated its centennial with a dunk tank fundraiser during the National Baby Food Festival that raised more than $500 for the Cancer Center in Fremont and a gala celebration to highlight its community health programs, including the Coordinated Approach to Child Health to promote good nutrition and physical activity in schools, healthy cooking classes, quit tobacco and nicotine programs, and more.
Gerber Memorial is currently displaying a mini-exhibit of its history at the Wantz Historical Research Center in Fremont.