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Bishop Noa Home donates float winnings

Courtesy photo Sister Mary Ann Laurin, SPC, of the Bishop Noa Home, hands a $325 donation check to Audra Buchmiller, Executive Director of Pregnancy Services of Delta County.

ESCANABA — At this year’s Escanaba Christmas Parade, the Bishop Noa Home float earned second place honors in the open category, winning a cash prize of $150 and a red ribbon. The theme of the parade was “A Disney Christmas.”

Bishop Noa Home’s float featured a castle and bridge, adorned with silhouettes of the Bishop Noa Home employees’ favorite Disney characters.

This year, the Bishop Noa Home chose to donate its monetary parade float winnings to Pregnancy Services of Delta County. The Bishop Noa Home has participated in the Christmas parade for three years. The first two years, the Bishop Noa Home earned first place honors, and this year, the home received a second place honor.

“Each year, the Bishop Noa Home has donated its cash prizes to local non-profit organizations, including the Delta County Foster Closet, Tri-County Safe Harbor, and this year, to Pregnancy Services of Delta County,” Bishop Noa Home Administrator Jamie LaFave said.

The Bishop Noa Home has also matched the $150 winnings, and a resident donated an additional $25, bringing the total donation to Pregnancy Services of Delta County this year to $325.

“We are very grateful for this donation,” Pregnancy Services of Delta County’s Executive Director Audra Buchmiller said. “It means so much for the families that we serve–those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and those with young children–to see that their community cares about them.”

LaFave said the parade has become an annual tradition that the staff and residents look forward to.

“It’s actually multifaceted – float building is a great team-building, extra-curricular event for staff; our residents play a role in helping build the float; we have a lot of fun; and we are able to support the mission of another non-profit.”

Bishop Noa Home residents supported the home’s cause by making handmade ornaments that were displayed on a Christmas tree on the float, and participating in a final viewing just prior to the parade.

For more information on the Bishop Noa Home for Senior Citizens, 2900 3rd Ave. So., Escanaba, please call (906) 786-5810.