2013-06-20 / Front Page

Annual CBC drive closes ahead of goal


At right, the CBC chairs, as well as fund recipients for 2013, gathered recently to disperse funds. Front row, from left to right,:Schoolcraft County Coalition for Safe and Stable Housing Director Nancy Demers, CBC Chairperson Sheila Aldrich, CBC member Dorothy Hoholik, Manistique Senior Citizen Center Director Connie Frenette, Coalition member Kathy Schuetter, Habitat for Humanity Operations Manager Karen Skiles. Back row: American Cancer Society representative Dick Ketcik, CBC member Bob Sands, CBC Treasurer Sally Stram, CBC Chairperson Victoria George, CBC Chariperson Eric Mason, and Jay Martin. At right, the CBC chairs, as well as fund recipients for 2013, gathered recently to disperse funds. Front row, from left to right,:Schoolcraft County Coalition for Safe and Stable Housing Director Nancy Demers, CBC Chairperson Sheila Aldrich, CBC member Dorothy Hoholik, Manistique Senior Citizen Center Director Connie Frenette, Coalition member Kathy Schuetter, Habitat for Humanity Operations Manager Karen Skiles. Back row: American Cancer Society representative Dick Ketcik, CBC member Bob Sands, CBC Treasurer Sally Stram, CBC Chairperson Victoria George, CBC Chariperson Eric Mason, and Jay Martin. MANISTIQUE – The 46th annual CBC Drive may have ended in March, but it was only recently “closed” and funds distributed to the three chosen organizations.

The CBC raises money for charities through a number of events held over a months-long fundraising drive. These funds are then used 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 communitybased charity selected by a CBC committee each year. This year the “C” represented two community charities – the Schoolcraft County Coalition for Safe and Stable Housing and the Manistique Senior Citizen transportation service.

Since the first campaign in 1968, the CBC has raised approximately $1.5 million. This year, the organization exceeded its goal of $48,000, pulling in $51,544.78.

During the “closing” ceremony, checks were distributed to the charities. The American Cancer Society received $11,500; the local chapter of the ACS took home $4,500; Bay Cliff Health Camp received $15,500; Bay Cliff’s local program garnered $500; the Manistique Senior Citizen Center transportation service received $8,000; and the Coalition received $8,000.

“It is astonishing how the community comes together to support such a great cause,” said Chairperson Victoria George. “We get so much support from local businesses, clubs and community members that makes CBC such a huge success. We were glad to have and appreciate FutureMark being able to donate again this year and mBank for showing such eagerness in their fundraising efforts.”

The CBC spent $3,291.13 in expenses, including various license, supply and other fees related to its drive and promotion.

“To all the other businesses like Marley’s Bar, Kiwanis, Eagles Club, Moose Club, Hardees and Manistique Rifle Club who year after year hold special events to raise funds,” she said. “I have enjoyed being a part of CBC and look forward to next year. I would like to thank Sheila Aldrich for all she did this year and Erik Mason for joining our team and stepping up when needed.”

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