November 26, 2014

Winter Bash raises $19,778

By James Kuch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — Sponsors and supporters of the 4th Annual Bay Shore Club Winter Bash Weekend got together at the Saganing Tribal Center, across from the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino, to celebrate and say thanks to one another.

Club President David Beechum called the 2011 Winter Bash, “An overall success.”

A total of $19,778 was raised at the Bash, with some proceeds distributed to a number of local charities and other causes. Around $3,000 was raised for the AuGres-Sims baseball team, so they could buy new uniforms. Beechum said that with expenses, the Bay Shore Club raise $9,903, of which $1,500 was distributed to five charities, and Kiersten Duncansin, a racer who was injured at the event.

A raffle was held at the appreciation dinner to help support Duncansin as she recovers from injuries to her ankle and wrist.

Beechum said that with the help of area fire departments and Saint Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital, Duncansin’s foot was saved.

“She would have lost her foot if it were not taken care of properly,” he said. “Everyone did a great job. She has a long road ahead of her.”

Other than one other setback from the event, a tractor falling through the ice during preparation for the event, causing around $2,500 in damage, Beechum said that everything went great.

“We have not heard anything, from anyone, that is negative about the event. All we are hearing are positives,” he said.

During the dinner, Beechum said the Bay Shore Club was thankful for everyone who helped make the event a success.

“We appreciate all of (your) efforts,” he said to the crowd. “Without your help, this never would have happened.”

Beechum said he could not be more thankful, and that the Winter Bash is a great event for the community.

“I am just thankful for everyone’s help,” he said. “I think this event will continue to be a good thing for the community.”

Beechum said talks have already begun for next year’s event.

“The (plans) will begin being discussed in April,” he said. “We will see what we got going on from there.”

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