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Make a difference by helping local causes

2012-11-04T00:00:00Z Make a difference by helping local causesCarrie Steinweg Times Columnist nwitimes.com
November 04, 2012 12:00 am  • 

I stopped by the fundraiser last Friday evening for Lansing resident Terry Engelbrecht at the Knights of Columbus in Lansing.

I’ve know Terry and his wife, Sandy, for a few years and was saddened to learn that Terry had been diagnosed just this past summer with a condition that had caused a need for a lung transplant. Unfortunately, Terry was admitted to the hospital just before the fundraiser and wasn’t able to make it, but more than 300 family, friends and even strangers came out in support. Nearly $17,000 was raised for Terry’s medical treatment.

I got this email that he asked me to share: "Seeing the support from all my friends, neighbors and community has given our family strength and hope through my journey to a successful lung transplant. Thank you all! Be assured, I will keep up the fight and look forward to seeing everyone real soon. You're the greatest!" Donations are still being accepted through the website, Lungsforlife.net.

That was actually my second fundraiser that evening. Earlier in the evening, my youngest son and I went over to check out the Taste of First at First Reformed Church. At this fun event, church members offered homemade goodies and guests could purchase tickets for 50 cents, then go around and sample one of the more than 40 food items. Most of them were one ticket, with a few main dishes being two tickets. We tried out quite a few of the treats — from sloppy Joes to Oreo truffles and lots in between. About $1,600 was raised with proceeds going to the PASS Pregnancy Care Center and Angel Academy Preschool.

There are some upcoming fundraisers you won’t want to miss. The Friends of the Lansing Library will be having their monthly book sale on Saturday. For just $5 you can fill a paper bag with anything you can fit and find in the book sale room, which includes, paperbacks, magazines and sometimes cookbooks, CDs, puzzles, even old 78 vinyl records. Sales are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., but if you become a member of the Friends group, you are admitted an hour early. Sales are cash only.

LARC, 19043 Wentworth Ave. in Lansing, will also have their annual fish fry this Friday, with fish and shrimp prepared by Glenwood Oaks Restaurant. LARC is an organization that provides support to adults with developmental disabilities. Dinners are $15 for fish, $15 for shrimp or $16 for a combo dinner. Kid meals of chicken strips or a hot dog are $5. Tickets are available at the door. There will also be music and raffles.

On Saturday, from 7 to11 a.m. the American Legion Auxiliary Edward Schultz Unit 697 will host their annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at American Legion Post 697, at 18255 Grant St. in Lansing. Pancakes prepared by the Copper Muggers are available along with scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit cocktail, and your choice of coffee, milk, or juice. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 3 to 10, and free for children under age 3. Proceeds go to support military and veteran causes.

Also, no money involved in this one, but mark your calendars to head out to the Lansing Municipal Airport at 2 p.m. Sunday for the annual Veterans Day ceremony in support of our country’s veterans. At this year’s ceremony, Tech Sgt. August Olson Jr. will be honored. Olson grew up in Lansing and died when his plane was shot down June 7, 1944, over Bruz, France and a monument was dedicated there earlier this year in honor of the crew.

"Hairspray" is a hit

I attended the opening night performance of "Hairspray" at T.F. South High School on Thursday and I just have to acknowledge the great job done by the staff, cast, crew and band. I had only seen the original "Hairspray" movie once in the late 1980s and barely remembered the storyline. After I got home from seeing the play, I looked up some of the acts from the original and the 2007 remake on YouTube.

As I watched it, I realized that I was more entertained by Brandon Austra’s portrayal of Edna than John Travolta’s and more delighted by Amanda Favia than Amanda Bines as Penny and that Charity Bickcom blew away Queen Latifah in singing “I Know Where I’ve Been.” The rest of the cast was equally energetic and I’m always in awe of what a group of talented teenagers can do together. It was another great job by the T.F. South Drama Department.

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