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Library fundraising events


Proceeds from several upcoming events will go toward the Cedar Springs Public Library’s building fund matching grant challenge.

April 9-15: Bob and Betty Truesdale, of the Amish Furniture and Gifts Warehouse, will donate 15 percent of furniture sales and 5 percent of gift purchases made from April 9 to 15, to the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund. The person who spends the most will receive a trip for two to Sarah’s Amish Dining Room for an amazing all you can eat fish fry on April 20. (See advertisement on page 18.)

April 12: Bingo at the American Legion in Cedar Springs on April 12 at 5 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund.

April 14: 90 Minutes of Zumba with Kate Rehmus, Saturday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cedar Springs Middle School. $10 class fee will benefit the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund.

 

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Rotary cow plop fundraiser


Do you want to win some money? Do you want to support local students get scholarship help for college? Do you want to enjoy family fun and music while staying  local? If the answer was yes to any of these questions, than you need to find a Cedar Springs Rotarian because the Cedar Springs Rotary club is hosting a cow plop fundraiser on May 5!

What is that? The land next to White Creek Lumber will be sectioned off into 2×2 squares, and a calf will be released and monitored. There are tickets assigned to each square at 5 p.m. and, if the cow plops in the  square where your ticket is placed, you may be a winner.

There are three prizes. The first plop square wins $1000, the second $350 and the third $150. The great thing is that you do not even need to be present to win, but we hope you will come and join in the fun anyway. The ticket will also grant you admission into a community concert featuring local musicians in a band called “Madhouse.” They are a local band that will play lots of fun cover songs that will make you want to dance. There will also be ballon animals, face painting, bounce houses, exhibits from Howard Christensen Nature Center and more.

The event begins at 2 p.m., with the winner announced after the 5 p.m. drawing. Tickets are only $5 each and can be purchased at Independent Bank, ChoiceOne Bank, Weingartz, White Creek Lumber, Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, Gebhardt Insurance, or from any Cedar Springs Rotarian. For more information, you can join the group on Facebook at Cedar Springs Rotary Club.

 

 

 

 

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Hockey and broomball tournament raises funds


Sgt. Ed Good, Griff, Lt. Jack Stewart, Sheriff Larry Stelma, DPW Director Roger Belknap and Chief Roger Parent at the Hockey and broomball fundraiser for the library last Saturday.

There was a little something for everyone Saturday at the hockey and broomball library fundraiser, even if you weren’t a hockey fan.

“We had many spectators who commented on how fun this family-oriented event was,” said City Manager Christine Burns. “We had a blast and are planning on doing it again next year. It was way too fun to do only once!”

Burns said final figures aren’t in yet, but she thinks the final tally will be about $2,000 to go toward the library matching grant fund.

The Cedar Springs Police, guided by Team Captain Ed Good, beat the Kent County Law Enforcement team in a shootout 5 to 4. Andy Good scored 2 goals in regulation and had the final tally in the shootout to ice the game for the Cedar Springs Police. Bill Kelly scored a goal and added a shootout goal for the KCLE Team. It was a family effort for KCLE Team Captain Jack Stewart who had sons, nephews, and a niece suit up with KCLE team.  The Cedar Springs Team also had some father-son combinations in the lineup to make the game special.

The Squirts take on Officer Paul Feutz in shootout action.

“The game was played at a very high pace, especially for those of us playing in Over-40 leagues,” said Roger Belknap, Cedar Springs DPW Director.  “The ‘young guns’ really made us older fellas skate hard to keep up.”

In other events:

The Dewey Decimals beat the Bookends.

The Guns and Hoses beat the Bureaucrats, but reports are that there were a number of questionable calls by officials Dave Barnes of the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Sgt. Ed Good, CSPD, and that the score keeper (Deputy Chief Marty Fraser) was biased.

The Sweep Potatoes and Frozen stiff ended in a tie, even after a shoot-out.

Belknap said they are extremely grateful for the support and advice they received from Jack Stewart and the many years experience he has had with the KCLE charity hockey team. “The KCLE team showed a lot of talent and good sportsmanship during the game. We are also grateful for the support of Rick Strouse and the Cedar Rock Sportsplex for hosting the event and providing referees and sound.”

Burns had some compliments of her own. “Both Ed (Good) and Roger (Belknap) did an amazing job with this event, from pulling the rosters together to designing the logos on all of the jerseys,” she said.

There are still some long-sleeved t-shirts for sale, and they can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library for $18.

RCTV filmed the KCLE vs. CS Police hockey game and you can find it at www.mhsaa.tv/rockford/events/30309.

 

 

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Red Hawk wrestlers host fundraiser


The Red Hawk JV and Varsity Wrestlers exchanged their singlets for ties for their fundraising event on January 14. The teams went from wrestling to serving, when they hosted a black tie event at the American Legion Hall that included a four course meal and a fun night out. The event is a first this year in an attempt to fundraise in a new innovative way. The guests bought tickets that were sold by the wrestlers, and were in turn served by the wrestlers they bought the ticket from, and others. It was a great start this year, and next year the wrestling team is hoping the event will be even bigger and better, making this a new annual event.
The Red Hawk Wrestlers have been working hard this season, with an  overall team record of 13-8.  “We are a young team,” said head coach Scott Troost. “There are only 3 seniors on the team but most of the team consists of freshman. We are always improving.”
The Red Hawks continue to fight to clinch victories, and while not always getting that first, they are finishing usually in the top 3 at tournaments. A few of their places were in Fruitport 3rd, Tri-County 3rd, and Comstock where they took 3rd out of the 18 teams present.
The Redhawks leaders for the team with their own personal records are: Cody Oehme leading the team with his record of 25-5; Austim Wamser (Senior) who is 18-6 so far this season; Barron Lenardson 22-6; Jarred Vodry 17-9; and Dominick Chong with a 20-7 record. The Red Hawks will continue to work hard to build on the team and individual records.
The Red Hawks were scheduled to go up against West Catholic, Coopersville and Belding on Wednesday Jan. 25, and will be traveling to a tournament in St. Johns, who is ranked 3rd in the nation, on Saturday, January 28.

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Fundraisers earn money for new library


The used gown sale fundraiser earned money toward the library match challenge Saturday.

Two fundraisers held last weekend earned money toward the $50,000 challenge match toward the Cedar Springs Library building fund.

The gently used gown sale held at the high school Saturday earned $175 toward the cause. According to Christine Burns, who helped organize the event, the dresses that are left will go to local consignment shops, and will still earn money toward the library.

The Biggest Lozer weight-loss fundraiser also earned money toward the library match challenge Saturday.

The Biggest Lozer challenge was a popular event, with 25 people weighing in at Curves Saturday. “We raised $562.50 towards the library $50,000 match challenge,” said Alicia Imhoff, organizer. “But more important, we all took a step towards being healthier.”

Donna Clark, Mary Osborne and Debra Jo VanderWerff were winners of the Body By Vi giveaways, courtesy of Sally Howland.

Prizes are being given away for the greatest percentage of body weight lost in three categories: women, men and seniors. And it’s not too late to join. Just stop into Curves during normal business hours:  M-TH 7-11 a.m. and 4-7 p.m., Fri. 7-11a.m. and Sat. 9-11 for their weigh-in, measurements and a $25 entry fee.  Weigh out is in March.

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Gown fundraiser to benefit library


Do you have a prom dress you’d like to donate for the upcoming gown fundraiser to benefit the library? The gown fundraising committee needs you to drop it off as soon as possible at Cedar Springs City Hall.

Would you like to help the Cedar Springs Library get closer to the $50,000 matching grant for the building fund? Drop off a gently-used prom dress or gown at Cedar Springs City Hall and get a tax receipt of $100 for a long gown, and $50 for a short one.  And better yet, if you have a daughter that needs a dress for Swirl or prom, bring her to the sale, on January 7, at the Cedar Springs High School media center, from 8 a.m. to noon. Short dresses will be $20 each, and long gowns $35 each. Proceeds from the sale will go towards the library’s matching grant.
According to Library Director Donna Clark, they have collected $7,000 so far toward the grant, and have $43,000 more to go. The fundraising committee has met three times, and there are several fundraisers coming up, including a hockey game, a spa fundraiser, a coffee and tea fundraiser, and Big Boy has offered to have an ongoing fundraising meal every other month this year.
If you have questions on the gown fundraiser, please call Christine Burns at (616-788-8945 ) or Linda Lehman (616-970-1368).

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Library fundraiser tops expectations


Kids had a great time at the spaghetti fundraiser with author Amanda Litz, face painting, and free ice cream.

The Cedar Springs Public Library and Big Boy partnered last Thursday, Nov. 10, for the first all you can eat spaghetti buffet dinner to help raise funds for a new library. What happened was way above their expectations.
According to Librarian Donna Clark, they hoped to sell 50 tickets. They sold 200, which gave the library $500. But with the extra donations people gave, the grand total raised was $5,876.74!
“I am still walking on air after one of the best times I have had in recent times,” said Clark. “I so loved that Thursday evening, spent with our Library supporters old and new. It was like a Thanksgiving dinner, where you invite your whole family to come, though in this case, it was the whole community—eating, laughing, talking and giving. It is so bonding to gather around a shared vision and a meal, to remember who we are and what we can do when we put our heads and our dollars together.”
The library was recently offered the opportunity to obtain a $50,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor. Whatever they raise by the end of 2012 is what will be matched, up to $50,000. The first fundraising meeting is set for tonight, November 17, at Cedar Springs Middle School, at 7 p.m. in the upper floor large meeting room. Everyone is welcome.

Librarian Donna Clark is shown here with the Big Boy staff that helped organize and serve the spaghetti dinner.

One fundraiser is already planned—a used formal dress sale on January 7. Donate your gently used formal wear and they will give you a $50 tax deduction for every short dress and a $100 tax deduction for every long dress that you donate between now and January 6. Drop off dresses to Cedar Springs City Hall during normal business hours. All short dresses will be sold for $20 and all long dresses will be sold for $35 on January 7, at Cedar Springs High School. Dresses must be clean and on a hanger. Call Chris Burns at 788-8945 or Linda Lehman at 970-1368 with questions. All proceeds benefit the Library Fund Raising Campaign.

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Concert fundraiser for Alpha Family Center


Missy Armstrong and Jeff Rose, of the nationally recognized bluegrass band, Detour Bluegrass, will be performing at Kent City Baptist Church on November 18 at 8pm. The concert will benefit the Alpha Family Center in Cedar Springs. A love offering will be taken and used to help those in our community. Please join us! You can contact the Alpha Family Center at 696-2616 for more information.

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CTA Parent Association Power Pack Fundraiser


The Power Pack is a great way to save and support CTA students/area businesses.

Power Pack includes:
1. Magazine gift card
2. Value Card (14 merchants)
3. Key Chain Tags (2)

For 15 dollars, you can take advantage of great subscriptions and a year of various discounts! With its generous amount of savings, the Power Pack immediately pays for itself.

Order your POWER PACK TODAY!!!
Call April V. or Shawn S. at (616) 890-5869/ (616)881-8045

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Fathers vs. players baseball fundraiser


The community is invited to attend the first ever Fathers vs. Players fundraiser community picnic, for Cedar Springs Baseball, on May 22 at 1 p.m. This family fun day will be held at the Cedar Springs Varsity baseball field, and will promote community awareness, support and raise money for off-season training for all high school baseball players.
Everyone is asked to bring their own picnic lunch, and there will be an area for barbecue grills. Vendors will conduct games with prizes, and some of the games include the dunk tank, putting green, bean bag games, a radar gun to check how fast you can throw and speed timing.
The main event will be a game between the high school players and their dads.
All youth players with the Cedar Springs Junior Ball League are encouraged to attend, and they will be asked to take their position on the field when the high school players take their positions. Everyone will be asked to “run the bases” when the game is over.
Individual players will be asking for donations. If you are interested in organizing, donating or sharing, please call Roger Louck at (616) 706-8599.

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