2017-10-12 / Life in Leelanau

Neighbors raise $25,000 for the ‘magic of caring’

More than $25,000 was netted last Thursday at the “Celebrate the Magic of Caring” fund raiser for the Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN).

About 145 persons gathered for the event, held at the Old Art Building in Leland, where they bid on silent and live auctions, dined on local food with wine and craft beer pairings, and took in entertainment by magician Ben Whiting.

“It was so much fun,” LCN director Mary Stanton said. “The magician was amazing.”

Proceeds from the fund raiser, the biggest of the year for LCN, will go to the organization’s general fund.

LCN will also receive a $8,415 contribution for its Blessings in a Backpack program through Rotarian donations and $7,500 raised through the Suttons Bay-Leelanau County Rotary Club’s annual raffle.

Winning tickets were drawn at last Thursday’s LCN event.

Rotarian Marlis Mann of Leland won the $4,800 grand prize. Alan Holcombe, son of club member John Holcombe who in past years was the top raffle winner, won the second-place prize of $1,200.

Ronan and Lori Patterson of East Lansing and Barbara Krause of Leland were third and fourth-prize winners at $600 apiece.

Alton Smith of Maple City won the $300 fifth prize.

During the school year, Blessings in a Backpack provides food each Friday to more than 230 at-risk children in Suttons Bay, Glen Lake, Leland, Northport, St. Mary and Leelanau Montessori along with the Leelanau Children’s Center in Leland and Northport.

Bags go to students who may not have food available over weekends.

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