This time of year things have slowed down from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. The weather is pretty gloomy. People tend to stay in and hibernate. However, several events are coming up that offer some fun on these dreary days and also help several good causes.
On Feb. 2, the Copper Muggers will be doing what they do best, making pancakes to benefit a group in the community. From 7 a.m. until noon, you can stop by T. F. South High School’s cafeteria, 18500 Burnham Ave., for breakfast with proceeds going to the band programs in Lansing School District 158.
Also on Feb. 2, the Lansing Junior Woman’s Club will be holding their second annual Ladies Afternoon Delight fundraiser at the Lansing Knights of Columbus Hall, at 178th Street and Lorenz Avenue. This vendor event will include services and products with more than 30 tables, including Tastefully Simple, Lia Sophia, Mary Kay and more, along with hand-crafted items and massage therapy and manicures. Cost is $5. Vendor space is still available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Proceeds go toward community service projects, support to charities and families in need and the annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner.
On Feb. 10, a benefit is being held by friends and family of Debbie Homan, a local single mom of three who suffered a stroke shortly before Christmas. The fundraiser will help with medical bills and with caring for her family while she is unable to work.
The benefit will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at Blue 82, 8209 Wicker Ave. in St. John. It will include raffles, a silent auction, split the pot and a cash bar. Tickets are available for $10 each. Tickets are also available for a special raffle ticket for a 50-inch LED flat screen television for $10 (winner need not be present). Tickets can be purchased at Blue 82 or through one of the event organizers by emailing email@example.com. Donations of services, gift cards or merchandise are welcome by contacting the email above.
On Feb. 16, Irv Cass will return to the American Legion Post 697, 18255 Grant St. in Lansing, to perform as both Elvis and Tom Jones, with Jesse Aron joining with songs of Roy Orbison. Both Cass and Aron have been winners of the International "Images of Elvis" contest in Memphis, Tenn.
I’ve attended this event many times and it’s always a good time filled with nostalgic music. Tickets are $30 and include a buffet dinner. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner from 6:30 to 7:30. Show starts at 8 p.m. For tickets call (708) 474-5906 or (708) 895-6101. Funds raised help to support veterans.
On March 2, Phil Stacey, a top five finalist on season six of "American Idol" will perform a benefit concert for PASS Network for Life at 6:30 p.m. The concert takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 3500 Glenwood-Lansing Road in Lansing. Proceeds will go to support the three PASS locations, including one in Lansing. I remember Stacey well from the show — he did a killer rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive” — so I’m looking forward to this.
On March 16, a benefit is being planned for the family of Pat Schuljak. Schuljak died suddenly on Jan. 9. He was 43 years old and leaves behind a wife, Julie, and sons Sean and Connor. I’ve known Julie since our kids were just toddlers and we were in the Lansing MOMS Club together and I’m so saddened by the news. I didn’t know Pat well, but I never saw him without a big smile on his face. Details are in the works, so I’ll include information in an upcoming column with more details. You can also get updates on the Facebook page titled “The Friends of Patrick Schuljak.”
Kudos to kids for caring
I got an email recently from Amy Hewes, the mom of a boy my son played baseball with. She’s a teacher in Calumet City at Wentworth Middle School and was very proud of a fundraising effort by her students and wanted to see them get some recognition.
Hewes teaches seventh and eighth grade special education students and a group of eight girls she works with had the idea of doing a penny war benefiting PAWS. The penny wars lasted for two weeks and when they were done, they had raised almost $700. “Kids really connect with the idea of needy animals,” she said. “I love the idea of each person donating a little, pulling it together and making something remarkable happen. This started as a small idea, but grew when touched by a terrific staff and enthusiastic group of kids.” PAWS even came out to the school for a short presentation. Congratulations to everyone at Wentworth Middle School for their successful efforts.
At Oak Glen School in Lansing, the students did a penny war of their own. The fundraiser brought in $550 that was donated to the recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy. Way to go.