Photo from the Cancer and Critical Care Fund Facebook page
Pentwater Homecoming is our favorite time of the year. There is no better way to enjoy the last few weeks of summer than spending time at the beach and taking part in the annual homecoming activities, like the sand castle contest, parade and the Cancer and Critical Care Fund Beach Volleyball Tournament!
Some of the park rangers helping set up the nets
One of the volleyball nets set up on the South end of Pentwater Beach
This year’s tournament is anticipated to be the biggest thus far; with more volleyball nets and more people interested in playing, we’re expecting a huge turnout.
The tournament is free and open to all ages. There will be two brackets; one for Family Teams and another for Adult Teams (16 year or older).
One of the trophies that will be giving to the champions of the Adult and Family Brackets
Register at the beach on Friday morning at 10:00 am. The tournament will go throughout the morning/afternoon (depending on how many teams there are). Feel free to call or email Pat Fuller with questions: (517) 290-4892, email@example.com.
Photo from the 2014 tournament
The Community Foundation for Oceana County hosts numerous locally established endowments, charitable organizations and foundations, as well as grants and scholarships.
The Cancer and Critical Care Fund is listed amongst many others on the Community Foundation’s website. You can read summaries of each fund and learn when, why and how each was established.
Read our story and make a donation online by visiting:
Photos from: http://www.oceana-foundation.org/
The Cancer and Critical Care Fund promotes healthy choices that lead to living longer and reducing your risk of illness or disease. You can start making positive changes in your life with the CCC Fund’s guidance and support. Even the smallest efforts will result in longevity and better health.
Take time in the morning to stretch, improve your diet, or simply spend a minute every day to tell yourself you’re the best person you can be.
Veronica, a 3rd grader at Thomas Read Elementary in Shelby, was the winner of the CCC Fund Poster Contest. Her parents and two younger siblings came to the community picnic to celebrate Veronica’s achievement. Patrick and Anna congratulated her with a $100 bill and a grand round of applause from everyone at the picnic.
Two teams tied with the lowest scores of the day. All of the team members will be listed on the CCC Fund Golf Tournament Plaque that will hang in the Colonial pro shop.
Honorary chair Duane Vernon graciously donated 2 MSU men’s basketball tickets and 2 MSU football tickets for our lucky raffle winners.
Congratulations to all of our tournament and raffle winners! The day was a complete success and we hope everyone left feeling like a winner.
An import aspect of the CCC Fund is community involvement. Local businesses, county official, parents, volunteers and Oceana County residents are making contributions to the CCC Fund in many ways. People of all ages can get involved in charity work and non-profit organizations, even the kids!
To further express the creativity and personal experiences of those in Oceana County, the CCC Fund hosted its first poster contest for all K-6th graders in the area. Designing an original, unique and inspiring poster gave kids an opportunity to contribute to the fund in their own way.
The following schools were invited to participate in the contest:
Patricia St. Clair Elementary, Hesperia
Walkerville Elementary School, Walkerville
Pentwater Public School, Pentwater
Thomas Read Elementary, Shelby
New Era Elementary, New Era
New Era Christian School, New Era
Spitler Elementary, Hart
Thank you to all of the students who submitted designs! The winning poster will be incorporated into the CCC Fund’s promotional materials for the coming year. A $100.00 cash prize will be award to the student who design was chosen. The name of this lucky student will be announced at the Golf Tournament Fundraiser this Saturday, June 8th at The Colonial in Hart.
Make sure to attend the community picnic to see the big reveal and congratulate all of the students who took the initiative to make a contribution to the CCC Fund.
Throughout his life, Duane Vernon, MSU Class of 1953, has demonstrated the outstanding class and character of a life-long Spartan. A member of the MSU Alumni Association and former President of the MSU Alumni club of Mid-Michigan, Duane Vernon has a love for his alma mater and a passion for his involvement in the Spartan community that rivals any other.
Duane is admired by many for his dedication to volunteer work, leadership and integrity. Six decades of such excellence have not gone unrecognized. Mr. Vernon is a recipient of the Clarence “Biggie” Munn Extra Effort Award, given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to MSU, making him the second Michigan State University alumni to ever receive such an honor. His die-hard love for MSU led him to be named to the Sports Fan Hall of Fame by Sports Illustrated in 2000.
Michigan State University wordmark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Duane Vernon has a place in his heart for all Spartan fans, especially those of Mid-Michigan and Oceana County. He was thrilled when asked to be the honorary guest at the Cancer and Critical Care Fund’s first golf tournament fundraising event.
With its well-kept greens and historical white clubhouse, The Colonial Golf Course in Hart will open its arms to Mr. Spartan and all others attending the event On June 8th. Cancer and Critical Care Fund founder and CEO Patrick Fuller hopes that Duane’s enthusiasm for charitable organizations and exemplary acts of service will inspire others to make the “extra effort.”
No matter where in the world they are,
people who grew up or lived in Oceana County have a deep appreciation for this unique area of West Michigan.
Moving out of your hometown, whether it be to start a family, take a new job, or simply to get a change of views, doesn’t mean leaving forever. Classmates, relatives and childhood friends have spread across cities, states and countries. No matter where we reside, our hometown roots will never leave us.
Though the Cancer and Critical Care Fund was established in Oceana County and it’s funds will be used to assist families living in the area, both locals and non-Michiganders have shown their support by making donations.
Seal of Oceana County, Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From Pentwater to Lansing, Indianapolis to Chicago, even as far as Montana, individuals and businesses are giving back to the communities within Oceana County.
Many hands make light work and the tremendous support that the Cancer and Critical Care Fund has received thus far is a result of many hands as well. Because of supporters like you, this fund will assist families in Oceana County with financial expenses due to cancer or a critical illness and will help to keep our growing community together, no matter where in the world life takes us.
So to all of those near and far, we would like to say ‘thank you’.
The Cullen Haffey Memorial Golf Outing on Monday, May 20th was a special day for the friends, family, students and community members who joined together once again, in remembrance of a young man so dear to their hearts.
A balloon launch for Cullen was the start to a magical evening at the Schenandoah County Club in West Bloomfield where hundreds gathered to raise money for the Cullen Haffey Memorial Fund.
The Haffeys, whom we consider to be more than just friends, will always have a loving and supportive place within the Fuller family.
If you would like to make a donation to the Cullen Haffey Memorial Fund and the Band of Brothers Scholarship at Brother Rice High School, please visit this website.