CBC chairs dedicated to fund drive mission
The letters in CBC represent different organizations that will receive the funds raised. The “C” stands for the American Cancer Society, while the “B” stands for Bay Cliff Health Camp. Each year, the second “C” rotates among selected community charities. This year, the “C” represents the nonprofit Beacon House in Marquette.
The annual CBC Radio- Telethon will take place on April 13.
Since the first campaign in 1968, the CBC has raised well over $1 million. Last year, the organization exceeded its goal of $48,000, pulling in $51,544.
CBC Board members take turns serving 3-year terms as chairs, and this year’s chairs are Victoria and Kelly George, Erik Mason, and Stacey and Doug Morrison.
Now in their third year as CBC joint chairs, Victoria and Kelly George are well known in the community for their philanthropic efforts.
Victoria and Kelly moved to the area in 2002. Kelly currently holds the position of CEO and president of mBank. Victoria spends much of her time volunteering in various facets throughout the community.
The couple has three dogs, once of which was adopted from the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter, where Victoria volunteers and serves the shelter board.
Along with her service on CBC, Victoria also works on the committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for Schoolcraft County. She grew up in Ohio and received a degree in fashion merchandising from Kent State. She minored in business, and moved to the Manistique after Kelly obtained a job in the area.
“I am looking forward to this years CBC Radio/Telethon; we have so many great events scheduled for both before and the day of CBC,” Victoria said. “Once again, people from our community have stepped up and volunteered to help with activities and to raise money for CBC. The generosity from the community is wonderful.”
The second CBC chairperson for 2014 is newcomer Erik Mason. A native Manistique resident, Mason moved back to the area in 2012 to serve as Emerald Elementary principal.
Mason graduated from Manistique Area Schools in May 1993. Prior to signing on as Emerald principal, he had worked with the Imlay Community School District in Imlay City. He taught for four years, and then served as Imlay City Middle School assistant principal for three years. He was then promoted to middle school principal in 2006.
Mason moved back to the area in 2012, following the MAS board’s decision to bring him on as Emerald principal.
He was accompanied by his wife, Alyssa, and four children: Grant, 7; Blake, 5; Trent, 1; and Elise, who was born last August.
Since returning to the area he not only jumped on board with CBC, he also serves as the school liaison for the Schoolcraft County Coalition for Safe and Stable Housing, and participates in the Delta-Schoolcraft Great Start Collaborative and Manistique Kiwanis.
“Schoolcraft County is CBC,” said Mason. “It is amazing to see a community get involved to support this event every year.”
Mason received his bachelor of science in education from Central Michigan University, a master’s degree in the art of teaching from Marygrove College, and an educational specialist degree in educational administration from Oakland University. He is the son of Manistique residents Richard and Linda Mason.
“I get to hear first hand, the stories the children bring back after attending Bay Cliff Health Camp,” Mason explained. “They thoroughly enjoy it every year they attend.
I would like to thank in advance all of the volunteers, businesses and organizations who put on events to support CBC every year, and are eager and willing to do so,” he added.
Taking on their first year as CBC joint chairs, Stacey and Doug Morrison have spent much of their time investing in and improving the community. Doug teaches middle school science and reading at Manistique High School while Stacey is employed as a fifth grade teacher at Emerald Elementary.
The couple has two daughters, one currently attending Eastern Michigan University and one who is a junior at MHS.
Doug coaches several sports and also serves on the Michigan Science Teachers Association Board as treasurer. Stacey coordinates the Shirley’s Angels Breast Cancer Outreach and Support Group.
The couple also own and operated Good Life Graphics, a clothing embellishment company that offers embroidery and heat transfers.
“We are honored and privileged to be serving on CBC,” said Stacey. “This organization has given so much to the people of Schoolcraft County and (we) look forward to seeing CBC reach its first $50,000 goal this year.”