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Community helps Honor Flight for area veterans

July 23, 2011
Daily Press

This week's bouquets go to:

From Ashley LaPorte, 'FUN'd a Vet coordinator for the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight:

"A heartfelt thank you to all volunteers, event participants and businesses who helped raised $2,725 during the recent 5K Run/Walk with optional obstacle courses held at Ludington Park. Many helped with the mission of flying our World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorial that stands in their honor."

From Melinda Frigard of Escanaba:

"I would like to send a bouquet to Randy from Raptor Rehabilitation. They are located in Gladstone. We had a problem with an injured bird in our front yard and Randy came and took the injured bird. Kudos to Raptor Rehab! Check them out. We got contact info off the web. Thanks Randy!"

From the Bark River-Harris and Escanaba Archery teams:

"The Bark River-Harris and Escanaba Archery teams would like to thank the Bay de Noc Gobblers for their sponsorship, guidance, and continued support to our archery programs and the youth archers from the Delta and Menominee County areas.

Their continued support and dedication to our club and youth team members have helped us earn the much needed money for our team members to get to the National and World levels in National Archery in the Schools Program of which members of the team have reached tremendous goals. Without the continued guidance, dedication and support from the Bay de Noc Gobblers much of our journey may have never happened.

They have continually supported and helped with our fundraising efforts including, but not limited to, our youth archery competitions. The money our club has earned by their support is used for competitions and travel expenses to National and World competitions and for archery equipment."

From the American Red Cross:

"The American Red Cross would like to thank all the donors who took the time to donate 164 units of blood during last week's blood drive. Their generous gift of life will make a difference in up to 492 people's lives! A thank you also goes those who provide locations for the drive and refreshments. We also could not have the blood drive without the help of all our wonderful volunteers."

From Mark Hannon of Rapid River:

'Thank you to the city of Gladstone for raising their plants in a thoughtful and environmentally sound way."

From Donna Marchak of Gladstone:

"Many thanks to Mr. Ralph Curry of Bay de Noc Community College for his hard work and efforts on behalf of The Career CLoset and Altrusa International of Escanaba. The new sign looks great."


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.

Mail us a postcard or letter identifying your nomination and putting into detail what they've done. Include your name, address, and phone number. Send nominations to Saturday Bouquets, The Daily Press, 600 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.

They may also be sent to us by going to our Web site,, and clicking on the submit news button. Once there, click on "Bouquets" and follow the simple instructions.



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