A $5,000 check will go out to Our local private school, the Leelanau School. I should tell you a story: It is the story of a young teenaged Japanese girl named Ayaka Ogawa who lost her entire family-- Mother, Father, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles in the tsunami. She received a full ride scholarship at the Leelanau Schools and is excelling at this school that reached out to a person in need. And as compelling as the story is for the child, it is maybe more so when you hear about the school staff and how they came to adopt this child. In these financially challenged times for all schools, especially for private boarding schools, that the staff would hear about this young lady and put the institutions own financial challenges aside (they still haven’t found the money to cover her tuition) and take the risk of supporting another mouth, mind and heart from across the world, it shows the passion these teachers have for what they do. For Ayaka's full story, click here to read the article from the Glen Arbor Sun.
A $3,500 check will go out to the Cherry Marketing Institute, our nation’s resource agency for everything cherry! This donation will help CMI cover some financial shortfalls on this year with little revenues because of the disastrous crop last spring. This check will be a little sprinkle of positive energy for the cherry industry as we turn the corner on what we hope to be a tremendous 2013 cherry crop. Cherry Republic has never donated to CMI and remembers long ago being a recipient of a grant from them to build a web site. It feels good to return the favor.
Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce. A $250 contribution goes toward covering part of the cost of creating a skating rink in the middle of Glen Arbor this winter. Other contributors are Art’s Tavern and Leelanau Coffee Roasters. Bring your skates up when you come visit.
A $2,500 check will be sent to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. It will go in our VP of Sales name Jason Homa and his wife Heather to get their name up on the donors placard next summer. This contribution is above and beyond Cherry Republic’s $100,000 pledge. It goes toward helping raise the last $45,000 needed to finish out Phase One.
A $5,000 check has gone out to the organization that runs the highly successful farm to table initiative-- Taste the Local Difference. The money will be used to create a Smart Phone App which will modernize citizens access to the organization’s local food guide. The creation of this app could gain TLD access to a much wider audience and make a huge impact on the number of consumers seeking out local food products. TLD’s plan is to set up the phone app so that it can easily be expanded beyond food and become the singular “buy local” app for the region. Read more about TLD and it’s host organization-- The Michigan Land Use Institute here.
A $2,500 check will be sent to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. It will go in our Warehouse Supervisor, Veronica Hazelton and her husband Ross to get their name up on the donors placard next summer. This contribution is above and beyond Cherry Republic’s $100,000 pledge.
A $5,000 check goes to the Leelanau Conservancy for supporting their agricultural work in the county. This donation is unrestricted and goes toward the administration of their highly successful farm-ability program.
$500 goes toward supporting Buckets of Rain, the organization’s Executive Director is local musician and resident, Chris Skellenger, and his passion is helping the poor grow their own food. He is currently working in Detroit, Flint, Highland Park and Guatemala.
A $2,500 check goes to the Friends of the Dunes to help cover the costs of creating a trail network in the Bow Lakes area of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This high and hilly area just east of Glen Lake is remote and perfect for peace and solitude. It also gets the most snow in the park, so it just might be a perfect place for some organized cross country ski trails.
A $1,000 check goes to the Washtenaw Camp Placement Association. I don’t know anything about this camp, but see that each year, they send 100 needy city kids up north to camp. And 25 years ago, I was a counselor at Camp Innisfree and looking back, I think I counseled a bunch of these scholarship kids-- I loved those kids. They made me laugh all day.
A $3,500 check goes to Circle of Blue, the leading organization in the world talking about water. This organization is the passion of two friends, Carl Ganter and his writing cohort, Keith Schneider. Circle of Blue’s headquarters is in Traverse City. This organization is telling the story of the worldwide water shortage and the risks to our Great Lakes when those thirsty regions look north.
A $1,000 check was sent to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail in the names of Ed and Molly Connolly, two stalwart Glen Arbor CR employees and residents, to get them on the Donor Placard next summer. This contribution is above and beyond Cherry Republic’s $100,000 pledge.
Cherry Republic starts the season of giving by donating 100 gift boxes with 8 oz jars of Original Cherry Salsa and 8 oz bags of Chocolate Covered Cherry Berries. These boxes go to the St. Cyprian Church in Riverview, MI. Thanks, Mary Wezner (and our hearts have already grown a full size bigger).
Throughout the year, my husband and I donate to the Salvation Army, both their "Bed and Bread" program and their "Red Kettle" program. The Salvation Army gives almost 100% (if not 100%) of their donations to the people - they don't have high paying CEO jobs taking a good chunk of their donated money like other organizations do. Plus they help feed and shelter the homeless in the Detroit area.
We also donate much needed food throughout the year to the food pantry at St. Cyprian Church in Riverview, MI. They used to have around 20 families getting food each week and there are over 100 families now so the need in our area is great. We have been blessed so we do our part to help - what little it may be.
I appreciate reading your weekly emails and seeing what your company has also done for others. It's a very wonderful thing that's for sure! Keep up the great work!
And by the way - I love your products and have not only purchased them for myself, but also for family and friends over the years. I will continue to do so - as I love sending a "Taste of Michigan" to others!
A $2,500 check will go to Bill McKibbon and his organization 350.org. Bill came to speak in Traverse City and I had a chance to buy him lunch. He is the leading resource on climate and the effect this warming trend will have on the earth and the things we can do to reduce it’s affect.December 22nd
$2,500 will go to Telfair Farms in Cedar. This small farm hosts groups of schoolkids and gives them a chance to milk a cow, chase a chicken and wrestle a pig in his muddy pen (just joking). Money will be used to extend their pastures with fencing. (The check goes to Bruce and Laura Hood. Don’t have to print this line.)December 23rd
$1,000 will go to the Winter Wow Festival in downtown Traverse City. It will be February 18th. This festival is a merger of two festivals-- The TC Comedy Festival and the traditional winter festival TC puts on. Should be a great time.
$1,500 goes to the Environmental Law and Policy Center. This is a 10 year old organization providing legal support toward environmental issues across the midwest.
$2,500 goes to Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear.December 27th
$1,000 goes to the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority. This support goes toward all they do to improve the quality of life of the residents and tourists who frequent downtown TC.
$1,000 goes to FLOW, a new organization started by longtime great lakes environmental lawyer, Jim Olson. This little group is working to protect the great lakes from diversion, pollution, wasteful consumption and other threats.
$1,000 goes to the Glen Lake Association for protection of National Geographic’s 4th most beautiful lake in the world.
$1,000 goes to Third Level Crisis Center. This center helps youth adults and families adapt to change during times of crisis and transition.
$1,000 goes to Conservation Resource Alliance for their work in protecting our watersheds. They have adopted 18 streams in northern Michigan and have worked hard to reduce erosion and increase fish habitat.