2015 – Update Regarding SEM/ PCA Charity Activities

By Gretus Hoogestraat, Charities Chair

I’m amazed and delighted with what we generated in the last 2 years to assist Jo Brighton Special Olympics.

Following the success of our Silent Auction at the 2013 Holiday Party, as well as our fund raising event at The Lingenfelter Collection in Milford, MI, a check was presented to the Jo Brighton Special Olympics Athletes at a ski day at Pine Knob.

Then the 2014 Holiday Party became an even bigger success when Erhard and Gretchen Dahm offered to sponsor our dinner. None of the over 100 PCA members and guests requested a refund of their prepaid admission fees, which left us with a sizeable sum to donate. At the same time, our 2014 Silent Auction surpassed the prior year. On January 30, 2015 we held a General Membership dinner and SEM/ PCA President Howard Gilson presented an even bigger check to Mrs. Maggie Gibson, Special Olympics Coordinator. We were delighted that several Special Olympians and their parents joined us to show their appreciation and model some of the uniforms and jackets that were made possible by what SEM/ PCA did for them.

Other SEM/ PCA Members have also been inspired. Early this year, members Gary and Pat Ambrus, owners of “Bella Donna’s” bridal store in Wyandotte, Michigan, started a campaign for to aid Jo Brighton Special Olympics. “Bring in your gently used Prom dress and we will donate it to Jo Brighton. We will give you $50 to $100 off on a new 2015 prom gown. Let’s spread the love ladies and make this happen.”
With the Prom Season not even half over, today Gary brought 150 dresses over to Jo Brighton.

You can help us continue what we’ve started. Please come to SEM/ PCA Family Day at Waterford Hills Raceway on June 7. We have invited our Jo Brighton family to join us. You have the opportunity to meet some of our Special Olympics Athletes in person, experience what a difference we made and take them out for a Parade Lap at lunch time.

Last Week I was contacted by the Mayor of Wyandotte asking if SEM/ PCA could attend the 4th of July Parade with some Special Olympics Athletes in the passenger seat. Plans are developing and if you are interested in participating, just shoot me an email at charities@sempca.org.

If you have an idea to improve our Club and/or Charity, please contact me. Thank you very much and I hope to see you at our next event, the Swap Meet on April 11th.


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