To the editor:
The 55th Annual Coca-Cola International Frisbee Tournament was a resounding success, thanks to many people who chipped in, again, to help us out. Attendance was increased and so were the prize monies.
First and foremost, thanks to our Title Sponsor: Coca-Cola, Hancock Bottling and our Partner Sponsors: Kissel Chevrolet, ABC 10 and WOLV 97.7 FM. Also thanks to Main Street Calumet, Tom Tikkanen, Elmore Reese, Laura Smyth, Joan Laroche and Linda Hale. Thanks for the grounds and Hall of Fame: Mike Hale and the crew at Agassiz Field, Marcia Frantti and the concessions volunteers, Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium and Keweenaw, Calumet Township and Paul Lehto, the admissions and sales volunteers, and especially Todd Van Dyke in the press box and Dave Sladek and his team for the tents.
Also, thanks to Marko and Julie Paulson for the great meal Friday night and for sponsoring a team. Other local team sponsors were Red Carpet, Monte Carlo and Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. And thanks to The Daily Mining Gazette crew: Michael Scott, Brandon Veale, Michael Bleach, Stephen Anderson, Dave Archambeau and the Press Room gang.
All our sponsors were great, and make the tourney a success each year: McCabe Distributing, Super 8Houghton, Magnuson Hotel Copper Crown, Bucko's Party Store, Pat's Foods, Red Carpet System, Surplus Outlet, Aspirus Keweenaw, Laurium Marathon, Northstar BP - Calumet, Calumet Golf Club, Vollwerth's, Universal Metal, Erickson-Crowley Funeral Home, Pines Resort, Main Street Calumet, Calumet Elks 404, McDonald's, Harter's Party Store and Sporting Goods, Trail Creek Motors and Outdoors, Peterlin Distributing, Range Bank, David Heinonen CPA PC, Tom McConnon MD, Holiday Station StoresCalumet, U.P. Pub, Walmart, Leveque Agency, Inc., Fifth & Elm Coffee House and Eatery, Dave's BP Super ServiceHancock, Mike Shanahan, Louie's Super Foods, UP Laser Engraving, Michigan House Caf and Brew Pub, Darnell Construction, Library Restaurant and Brew Pub, Bryan's Barber Shop, Harbor Haus, Blau Distributing, River Valley State Bank, CopperDog 150, Keweenaw Disc Golf Club, Connie's Kitchen, Toni's Country Kitchen, Luigi's Bar, Holiday Inn Express, RE/MAX Douglas Real Estate, Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn, Carmelitas, Downtowner Lounge, TraveLodge, Downwind Sports, Hunan Garden, Joey's Seafood, Armando's Restaurant, Ambassador Restaurant, Country Inn and Suites, Newman Appliance, Hardee's and Subway.
(We thank) our hard-working Frisbee Committee: Tom Tikkanen (Tournament Director), Pete and Johnna Rilei, Jeff Foss, Justin Dudenas, Steve Kotajarvi, and Rudy Tikkanen.
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We look forward to next year's tournament, July 6 to 7, when we also induct a new class into the International Frisbee and USA Guts Hall of Fame.