CBC campaign closes ahead of 2012 goal
MANISTIQUE – Despite losing one of its biggest donors, the 45th annual CBC Drive prevailed, going above and beyond its fundraising goal. The organization’s officials recently celebrated the drive’s 2012 end by dispersing funds to designated charities.
The CBC raises money for charities through a number of events held over a months-long fundraising drive. The organization then uses these funds to make donations to three pre-selected charities. Two mainstay charities, the American Cancer Society and Bay Cliff Health Camp, receive a portion of the funds each year.
The third charity is a community-based charity selected by a CBC committee each year. For the second year in a row, the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Access Coalition has been chosen.
This year, the CBC was faced with the loss of an annual $10,000 donation from Manistique Papers, Inc., which was unable to make the contribution due to their bankruptcy. Regardless of this loss, the organization witnessed substantial community support, bringing in a total of $48,452.24 – over its goal of $47,000.
“Their was some discussion of lowering our goal for this year since we knew that Manistique Papers would not be able to do their usual very generous donation of $10,000,” said the 2012 CBC general chairperson, Mike Powers, teacher at Manistique Middle/High School. “After discussion we decided to keep our goal at $47,000 even though several members thought this was unattainable. We not only met but exceeded this goal of $47,000.”
This year’s total brings the total amount contributed by the CBC over the past 45 years to approximately $1.36 million. 2012 special events netting the most money for the organization included the Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Emerald Elementary, as well as various donations and events put on by mBank.
Other big fundraisers within the campaign included: bid items during the April 1 CBC Radio-Telethon at Manistique Middle/High School; business and industry donations; Marley’s Celebrity Bartender Event; and MHS Student
Council Penny Wars.
“The community is outstanding,” explained Powers. “I do a significant amount of fundraising for several different causes and I have always been amazed how much this community donates. I especially think this year’s CBC campaign had extra support, knowing that Manistique Papers would not be able to contribute.”
Next year’s CBC kickoff date will be in January 2013, he added, with incoming Chief Chairperson Sheila Aldrich leading the way.
“As outgoing general chair, I again want to reiterate how much I have enjoyed working with the CBC committee and being a small part of the CBC campaign for three years,” Powers said. “I also want to take this opportunity to thank the community, my co-chairs of Sheila Aldrich, Victoria George, and Kelly George, the CBC committee (especially Dorothy Hoholik and Dick Ketcik), and everyone who has made CBC possible.”