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Raptor Rehab gets support

July 3, 2010
Daily Press

This week's bouquets go to:

From Randy and Gayle Bruntjens, U.P Raptor Rehab:

Upper Michigan Raptor Rehab and Wildlife Center would like to thank all of the people who donated at our table during Gladstones "Crazy Days". We want to say a special thank you to the kids who reached into their own pocket and put in a donation. The future is in their own hands, and we were very touched by their act of kindness and offering their own money. A very big thank you.

From Kim Carne, executive director of the Bay College Foundation and Institutional Advancement.

A colossal thank you to all individuals, businesses and organizations who supported the Bay College Foundation over the past months. The gifts the college receives through our annual community campaign, scholarship supporters, memorials and honorariums, golfers and sponsorships is unbelivable. Your educational support changes lives and advances the face of our community. Bay is blessed to have such great community support from so many such as yourself. You make a difference - thank you again.

From Dorothy "Dot" Norman, Escanaba:

"I was recently a patient in St. Francis Hospital for nine days, and my reason for writing this letter is to share with Escanaba and surrounding areas how lucky we are to have this wonderful hospital to take care of us. I have been in other hospitals, but never in one that gave the care and personal attention like the personnel in St. Francis. I find it very offensive when I hear someone refer to St. Francis as the band-aid hospital or the first-aid station. These kind of individuals have never had reason to receive their wonderful care. Maybe someday they will be thankful for our hospital. In many cases it is necessary for the patients to go to much bigger hospitals, where they are equipped with bigger and necessary equipment, and top rated specialists. However, St. Francis is credited with doing a lot of major surgery, also. So one again, I will say thank you to St. Francis Hospital and their wonderful personnel."

J.R. Spaulding Jr., artistic director, The Underground Theatre

Sincere thanks to all of those who attended The Underground Theatre's shows this season. We produced some great scripts, continued our unorthodox delivery/style, and were able to give back to the community. One of the main goals in founding the Underground was to emphasize the "community" in "community theatre. Thanks to all of you, The Underground Theatre was able to donate $1,000 to the Peter Adamini Scholarship Fund. We wouldn't even have the kind of theatre we have in this area if it weren't for him. We wanted to honor the legacy that gave us our opportunity to keep the love of theatre alive in our community for many years to come.

From Dale and Jo Skogman, Gladstone:

Kudos and Bravo to the Pine Mountain Music Festival for including Escanaba in their programming. Our toes are still tapping from the wonderful "Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin in Revue" that was presented at the Besse Center on June 22nd. Eight powerful soloists accompanied by an excellent pianist and narrator entralled the audience with familiar tunes like "Old Man River." We are so fortunate to have professional musicians of this calibre visit our area. If you missed this performance you have another chance to attend the "Resident Chamber Musicians" performance, July 5, 7:30 p.m., Besse Center.


Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes individuals and groups from our area who have had a very positive impact on the way we live.

We identify our bouquet recipients in one of two ways: from Daily Press news pages and from nominations sent in by our readers.

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