Following a summer-long raffle, Bill Janis of Traverse City was announced as the winner of a new cherry red Chevrolet Volt at a drawing held Saturday, September 1 at Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor. The “Charge Up The Dunes” raffle, conducted by TART Trails and Cherry Republic, sold all 1200 tickets, raising more than $100,000 for the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT).
Marc Schollett of TV 7&4 emceed the celebration and drew the winning ticket from the drum. Mr. Janis said he intends to do a free drawing among all of the employees at his Traverse City-based company, Century Inc, and donate the Volt to one lucky worker. Special thanks to the Cherry Republic, all of the ticket sellers, everyone that purchased a raffle ticket, and the event planners that made the Volt raffle such a success.
The first four-mile section of trail connecting Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb was completed in June, providing easy, car-free access to amenities and attractions including the DH Day Campground, and Glen Haven. Since opening, counts conducted by Friends of Sleeping Bear estimate more than 30,000 people of all ages and abilities visited the trail. Fundraising continues with a focus on raising the remaining $213,000 needed to construct the next four-mile segment from the Dune Climb to Empire. Donors of $1,000 or more will be recognized at a permanent donor plaza located at the Dune Climb. Well-known local artist Glenn Wolff created an illustrated map of the trail and donors of $5,000 or more will receive a limited edition signed print.
In addition to pledges and cash donations, here are some other ways you can support the SBHT:
The Inaudible Auction: Each week Cherry Republic auctions off a highly desired item or experience. Sign up to receive the weekly Orchard Report e-mail to learn about that week’s auction.
Sleeping Bear Heritage Blend: Great Lakes Tea & Spice created a special seasoning blend based on a 1930’s recipe from the Peter Van Nort family. A portioin of each sale goes to the SBHT. It can be purchased online or at the Great Lakes Tea & Spice headquarters at 6610 Western Avenue in Glen Arbor.
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Stickers: Stop in at one of the following retailers to get your SBHT sticker for a donation of only $10. The stickers are a great way to show your support of the trail.
- Anderson’s Beach Shop
- Brick Wheels
- City Bike Shop
- The Cyclery
- Crystal River Outfitters
- MacBeth and Co.
- Miser’s Hoard
- Northwoods Hardware
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Hats: Support the trail in style! The new SBHT cadet style hats are available for $20 donation at Anderson’s Beach Shop, The Cyclery, and Empire Surf!