Hunter Hospitality House Celebrates Five Years At Lincoln Avenue House

Hunter Hospitality HouseHunter Hospitality House has been in operation for five years, and on Wednesday, December 7th McLaren Port Huron Hospital is sponsoring a day of celebrating their fifth anniversary of the Lincoln Avenue Home.  WGRT will be talking about Hunter Hospitality House throughout the day – and discussing the various aspects, from volunteering, to donating, to the use of the home from the perspective of those involved.  According to founders Jeff and Tracy Willard, The mission of Hunter Hospitality House is to provide a welcoming, relaxing home away from home, steps away from the hospital, and now with the Karmanos Cancer Center alongside McLaren Port Huron Hunter House is busier than ever.

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Hunter House – The Documentary Premiere

Last night, it was a full house at Cornerstone Church in Clyde Township for the premiere showing of Hunter House, a documentary about how the non-profit came to be and the service it provides to the Blue Water community.  The film was a production of Travis Boone with added camera work from Evan Secory  It…

Hunter House – The Documentary Premiere

hunter-premiereLast night, it was a full house at Cornerstone Church in Clyde Township for the premiere showing of Hunter House, a documentary about how the non-profit came to be and the service it provides to the Blue Water community.  The film was a production of Travis Boone with added camera work from Evan Secory  It tells story of Jeff and Tracy Willard who gave birth to Hunter Willard twenty-five years ago today.  Hunter had difficulty at birth and Tracy and Jeff spent hours at the hospital, traveling back and forth from home in total exhaustion.  Sadly, Hunter lost his fight for life 16 days after birth.  Through this tragedy the Willards dreamed of some day providing a place for others facing the same type of situation.  Today, on Hunter’s twenty-fifth birthday, Hunter Hospitality House at 1010 Lincoln Avenue, across from McLaren Port Huron Hospital is celebrating five years of providing that respite.  A second home opened three years ago across from Lake Huron Medical.  The two combined have served over 920 guests, at the time of the filming.  Travis Boone, film-maker, will now be taking the documentary on to film festivals.  If you would like to learn more about Hunter Hospitality House, log on to www.hunterhospitalityhouse.com or find them on Facebook.

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It Is Freighter Time – At Least For The United Way Of St. Clair County

Back by popular demand!  Tickets are available for winning a trip aboard a Great Lakes Freighter.  Thanks to Interlake Steamship Company and DTE Energy, two winners will be drawn to win a trip for two on a freighter during the summer of 2017. Tickets are only $10 each.  Drawing will be held Thursday, April 27.…

It Is Freighter Time – At Least For The United Way Of St. Clair County

freighter-home-pageBack by popular demand!  Tickets are available for winning a trip aboard a Great Lakes Freighter.  Thanks to Interlake Steamship Company and DTE Energy, two winners will be drawn to win a trip for two on a freighter during the summer of 2017. Tickets are only $10 each.  Drawing will be held Thursday, April 27.  All proceeds from the sale, go to benefit the United Way of St. Clair County.  Anyone interested in purchasing or selling tickets may contact the United Way Office at 810-985-8169.

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Red Cross Urges Blood Donation As One Last Gift To Give This Holiday Season

It can’t be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. Barbara Coger will never forget…

Red Cross Urges Blood Donation As One Last Gift To Give This Holiday Season

american-red-crossIt can’t be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. Barbara Coger will never forget the donors that gave the blood that her husband received during the holidays. “I have been donating blood for some time, but really started encouraging others to do so after my husband received a donation on Christmas Eve,” she said. “He had not been doing well and would not survive much longer, but with that extra boost, he was able to share a big smile with me on Christmas morning, something I will always cherish.”  Donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 22, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.  To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.
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Major Gift & Strong Investment Returns Push Community Foundation Past $60 Million

A $2.5 million gift from a private foundation conversion and continued strong investment performance has helped push the total assets of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County past the $60 million mark.  The multi-million gift came from the conversion of a private foundation that provided grants in and around the City of St. Clair,…

Major Gift & Strong Investment Returns Push Community Foundation Past $60 Million

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A $2.5 million gift from a private foundation conversion and continued strong investment performance has helped push the total assets of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County past the $60 million mark.  The multi-million gift came from the conversion of a private foundation that provided grants in and around the City of St. Clair, Michigan.  Franklin Moore, one of the trustees of the private foundation, said, “We felt it was time to close our private foundation and turn over the assets to our community foundation.  Their strong track record of investment performance and community impact will allow these assets to continue improving life in our community for generations to come.”  Donna Niester, Board Chair of the Community Foundation, said, “We’re honored every time a donor chooses to trust the community foundation with such a significant gift.  This gift, along with hundreds of other gifts both large and small will total almost $5 million this year.”  Ms. Niester added that in 2015 the community foundation received gifts of more than $5.9 million.  The Community Foundation’s assets have also been bolstered by investment returns (con’t)

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