DANFORTH - The 15th annual MASH/GOOD DEED fund-raiser held by the Community Foundation for Delta County (CFFDC) Thursday evening was an event enjoyed by all.
The event kicked off with a welcome by Dr. Bill LeMire, who congratulated the CFFDC on awarding over $657,000 to Delta County residents in 2007.
Following the welcoming ceremony and the "Yooper National Anthem," led by Will Carne, was the annual awards ceremony. This year's Good Deed award was given to Barbara Nemacheck. The Gladstone resident was honored as a wife, mother, nurse and active church-goer, as well as a volunteer and former Gladstone School Board member and president.
The Good Deed award was created by the late Dr. Mary Cretens of Gladstone who donated from her estate to the foundation. It falls in line with the motto of the Community Foundation for Delta County - "For good. For ever."
The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Robert and Mildred Bink of Bink's Coca-Cola and Bink's Wine and Beverages. LeMire congratulated Bob and the late Millie Bink on making Delta County a better place to live.
"This is a couple who spent much of their lives in service of the residents of Delta County," said LeMire.
Millie Bink died just over a month ago after battling cancer. LeMire called her death "a loss to all who knew her."
Bob Bink was hailed as a former Escanaba City Council member and mayor, Delta County commissioner, NMU Foundation and OSF St. Francis Hospital member and current board chair of U.P. State Bank.
"For Millie and I to receive an award like this is a very humbling experience," said an emotional Bink, throwing in a few jokes for good measure. "We thank all you people for all you've done for the community and for our family. On behalf of Millie and I, we are very honored."
The next award, to go along with the sports theme for the evening, was the MVP - Most Valuable Player award - earned by Liza and Don Darmogray of Gladstone.
The Darmograys were saluted as "a remarkable husband and wife couple who supported the youth of Delta County with many thousands of dollars for underprivileged kids."
The Darmograys also set up a scholarship fund for nursing students at Bay College, after the tragic death of their daughter, Kristy, last fall. This year, they will hold the 19th annual golf outing for underprivileged youth in Delta County. Don Darmogray thanked the community and the foundation on behalf of himself, and his wife Liza.
CFFDC executive director Gary LaPlant said the event overall had "a wonderful turn-out," - over 480 guests in the sold out Danforth Place donated $50 to the community foundation to be able to attend the event.
Some of the activities for the audience included a 50/50 raffle, silent and live auctions, Wheel of Fortune, a kid's corner and a cash bar.
All proceeds from various activities went to the community foundation for projects in Delta County.
Audrey LaFave, (906) 786-2021, ext. 145, firstname.lastname@example.org