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Fundraiser to be held for playground

November 14, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - A ladies-only masquerade ball fundraiser is being held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Technological University in the Union Ballroom. The ball will be raising money for the Copper Harbor playground project, which aims to rebuild the playground at the Copper Harbor school. Tickets for the event will cost $40.

Jeannie Grathoff, owner of Jeannie's, a Hancock-based boutique, is putting on the event.

"We will have door prizes, we will have a silent auction and an assortment of hors d'oeuvres," Grathoff said.

Steve Jones and the Garden City Hot Club will provide music.

The ball is a formal event, and those attending are encouraged to dress up.

"You can wear a bridesmaid's dress or an elaborate costume or something dressy," Grathoff said. "I will also have masks for sale there."

Marty and Syd Faassen compose the husband and wife team behind the playground project at Copper Harbor.

"We plan to build next summer," Marty Faassen said. "The budget amount is $145,000 and we're about two-thirds of the way right now."

Faassen said he wanted to update the playground because it's old and dates back to the 1950s. He also wanted to build something that would be attractive to kids.

"In order to get today's youth to turn off the Game Boy and computer and get them outside to play you have to have equipment that's compelling," Faassen said.

He said it's also important because the Copper Harbor school has no physical education classes so the playground will be a way for kids to get exercise, both physically and mentally.

"The development and learning that goes into a playground is amazing," Faassen said. "I always thought the playground is where they sent kids so the teachers can take a break, but in reality it's where they learn about gravity, body movement and stuff like that."

To purchase tickets, contact Grathoff at 523-5465 or stop by her store at 127 Quincy St. in Hancock.

Tickets are also available through Syd Faassen, who can be reached at 289-4306.



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