2013-03-21 / Business

'Dancing witht the Local Stars'

The Jewel, Chamber coordinate fundraiser for teddy bears
BY PAULA BARBEE
810-452-2647 • pbarbee@mihomepaper.com


Dave Donahue with Jet Kilmer at the 2011 Teddy Bear Patrol bash. Dave Donahue with Jet Kilmer at the 2011 Teddy Bear Patrol bash. GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Jewel of Grand Blanc golf and event center will host a local version of “Dancing with the Stars” in April for a good cause and a good time.

According to Jet Kilmer, president of the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce, “Dancing with the Local Stars” will be held April 11 and will raise money for them to be able to purchase new teddy bears for local law enforcement officers to give to children who might be in a traumatic or crisis situation.

Stories abound of the comfort brought to little ones by the bears and Kilmer said this was an event the Chamber initially looked at because they wanted to provide something for the community that wasn’t of direct benefit to the Chamber itself.

When she initially spoke with Township Police Chief David Stamm, she thought perhaps they might help them buy defibrillators or other equipment, but he told her those types of things he had covered by grant money.


Some of the teddy bears bought by the Teddy Bear Patrol project in 2011. 
File photos Some of the teddy bears bought by the Teddy Bear Patrol project in 2011. File photos He did however suggest the Teddy Bear Patrol project, which she co-chairs with local businessman Dave Donahue.

“The teddy bears are a great way to calm them,” Kilmer said of children who receive the bears from officers.

Unfortunately, bears cannot be donated due to possible allergic reaction, but the bears purchased will be used all over the county and beyond. For the first time, Kilmer said they have extended the invitation to Shiawassee County for bears if they need them as well.

Dancers who will be strutting their stuff include State Rep. Charles Smiley, Sheriff Robert Pickell, Cheryl Sclater of Elga Credit Union, Lenetta Coney from Mott Community College, Dr. Ron Coriasso of Grand Blanc, Mrs. Genesee County Lisa Szukhent and Kim Gray with Forever Young Med Spa.

Donahue said the event is already sold out, but donations can be accepted regardless.

“This is my baby,” Donahue said. “Any donation will help.”

Donations can be sent to Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce, 512 E. Grand Blanc Rd., Grand Blanc, MI. 48439.

More information can be obtained on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Teddy- Bear-Patrol/306134852841696 or by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 810-695-4222.

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