To the editor:
The "Skating to Recovery" Fundraiser for Jennifer DePuydt-Saari was a huge success.
Thank you for the outpouring of generosity from friends, family, Barkell Elementary School (staff, parents and students), community members and local businesses. Jennifer will be going for radiation in the weeks to come; please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
There were many skaters on the ice. Thanks to Tony Peltier for getting the rink ready. It was very thoughtful of Amy Pierce, the winner of the 50/50 raffle, to donate her share back to Jennifer.
Thanks to everyone who donated food, pop and baked goods.
Big thanks to Jennifer's daughter, Rachel, who received many donations through her Facebook page and for texting to her friends and family about the fundraiser.
Thank you to the following volunteers who helped set-up, worked or cleaned up: Dar Eakin, Tami Bessner, Sandy Maki, Gladys DuPuis, Amy Pierce, Amy Maki, Fay Bishop, Vickie Lizak, Shannon Vairo, Mr. and Mrs. Blessing, Michele Kowalski, Aajay Bennett, Rachel DePuydt, Milly Hoskins and Rebecca Markham.
And finally, a big thank you to the local businesses and other supporters who made this fundraiser possible: River Valley Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union, Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn, Country Inn & Suites, Coca-Cola Hancock Bottling Co., Pepsi-Cola of Houghton, Dave's BP Amoco Service, Serenity Massage (Stephanie Dixon), Flowers by Sleeman, Tadych's Econo Foods, Maurice's, Taco Bell, McDonald's, Family Video, Taystee Bread (Timm Carlson), The Library, Dairy Queen, Salon by Michelle (Kristen Riutta), The Downtowner, Tropical Escapes, Hancock Bike Shop, Maggie's Massage Spa (Nikki Bessner), Keweenaw Consignment, Lakeside Auto, Celebrations Bridal and Formal, Bryan's Barber Shop, Smak Bags (Sandy Maki), Muskegon Community College (Cindy Reuss), The Mine Shaft, Habaneros, Superior Smiles (Dr. Ronald Fisher), Toucan's Auto Repair, NINEOSIX Enterprises, JCPenney, Thirty-One Bags (Heather Austin), Crown Cleaners, Fay Bishop, Sherry Stracklanala, Saari Sisters, Kathy Chynoweth, Angie Ott, Mary Crane, Jackie and Rachel Brandt, Wendy and Whitney Schutz, John DePuydt, Muggs DePuydt, Ashey Cieslinski, Robbin Champainge, The Daily Mining Gazette, The Dee Stadium (Kevin Maki), and the City of Houghton (Scott MacInnes and Ann Vollrath).
Thank you to all who helped spread the word and made this fundraiser a huge success.