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Tournament aids children’s programs

August 15, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

On June 9, the Good Will Farm held a bridge and mah jongg tournament to help support children's programs. Our thanks go out to the following who made this tournament possible for the second year.

For the bridge group, board member Mike Gilpin took over the computer end of scoring and produced instant winners and runners-up. Also, his organization of the movement of play made the afternoon simple and fun for the eight tables of bridge. Thank you, Mike.

On the mah jongg side, a big thank-you to Diane Messner who worked unceasingly to rally participants and to Melissa Matson who acted as director of that group and tallied the final scores of the four tables.

Superior National Bank Trust & Financial Services was our major sponsor again this year. Thank you, SNB. Also for the second year, our sincere thanks to board member Fred Gaff of Fred Gaff & Associates, Gary Tunstall of Retirement Solutions; and Pepsi Cola of Houghton for their generous sponsorships.

Bridge prizes donated for each team member featured a gift certificate to the Harbor Haus Restaurant won by Marilyn Clark and Liz Owen; nine holes of golf at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge won by Lorna Rowley and Janice Crouch; a gift certificate from Quincy's Restaurant & Lounge won by Audrey Kraft and Karen Hubbard; and as consolation prize a bouquet of flowers from Kukkakauppa Flower Shop won by Jeanne Eilola and Mary Healy.

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The donated prizes for mah jongg included a two-night stay in a cabin at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge won by Sharon Lahti; nine holes of golf for two at the Calumet Golf Club won by Diane Messner; a gift certificate from Kangas Cafe & Catering won by Melissa Mattson; and a gift certificate from 5th & Elm Coffee House and Eatery as consolation prize to Mary Jean Westcott.

The grand prize drawing was a wooden planter by Linda Piiparinen, owner of Twigwood and Branches, along with flowers donated by Sleeman's Flower Shop and Nursery, won by Bill Briggs.

A special prize drawing was a beautiful bird's eye maple cribbage board designed by Dave Stimac, owner of Birdseye Connection, won by Audrey Kraft.

Thanks to all those who made our fundraiser a success again this year. Most of all, we thank the players themselves, whose generous donations help to keep the programs of The Good Will Farm going strong. Thank you very much.


Good Will Farm Volunteer




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