With Taste of Muskegon now being a fond memory and clothes that are a little more tight fitting after consuming the amazing tastes offered, it's back to business at Hackley Park this Friday night for our weekly gathering Party in the Park. You know the one....the fundraiser that's disguised as a community gathering/ concert/ picnic/ place for kids to play/ car show...... you get the idea right? It's where we go.
On June 17th the organization manning the work stations and taking home the generosity will be none other than the Women's Division Chamber of Commerce of Muskegon and if their name doesn't ring a bell, their work around town will. Their impact in Muskegon is immense, from their website, "Since 1951, our organization has been dedicated to working together to improve our community. Through monthly granting, annual projects, and fundraisers we are able to support the varying needs of many local organizations. Our popular events are some of the best fundraisers this town has ever seen. Dancing with the Local Stars, Fashion & Frolic, and Trinkets & Treasures, together have raised over $1,856,652 since 2006 to help support local non-profits and community projects." $1.8 Million since 2006. Imagine all the way back to 1951? Staggering.
It's those events that get the trick done and the drive of the members of the group. Dancing With the Local Stars is the big draw in recent years, but a good time is always had at Fashion and Frolic and Trinkets and Treasures can be a spot to find incredible deals on things. There have been entire gymnasiums filled with stuff in the past. They really know how to put on a sale. They take the funds and help what matters most. Local food pantries, non profit agencies and quality of life projects around town. They are working on a stunning addition to the plaza in front of Trinity Health Arena and the VanDyk Mortgage Center. Keep an eye out for that!
For now, I met up with, Erin VanderWeir at the "day job". Her family owns Redi Rental here in town. Take a listen to Erin tell you all about this dynamic group and the work they do to help all of us in Muskegon.
Come hungry, come thirsty! Come ready to sing and dance and come ready to connect with friends and neighbors and even some of the folks from across town you have not seen in a while! The park will be filled with the sights and sounds of Summer and in Muskegon that means Parties in the Park every Friday! We'll see you this week when Stolen Horses takes the stage at 5p.