A sMASHing good time: Community members honored at MASH Good Deed dinner

HARRIS – Residents who have made a difference in the community were honored Thursday night at the MASH Good Deed dinner. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Community Foundation for Delta County and marked its 20th anniversary this year.

A Certificate of Achievement was awarded to the General Federation of Womens Clubs. The group was given the award for 100 years of helping the community, including Project Pride in 1961 which helped make the Delta County Chamber of Commerce building possible, numerous scholarships, and many other achievements.

The Dr. Mary L. Cretens Good Deed Award went to Sam and Eleanor Benedict for their philanthropy and support of the community over the years. Sam Benedict is the retired head of Mead Corporation. His wife, Eleanor, is an accomplished writer and poet. The couple donated the $500 which came with the award to the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba.

The Big Hitter Award went to Linda and Greg Yagodzinski for their support of the Community Foundation, When addressing the crowd, Greg Yagodzinski stressed the importance of giving back to the community.

The Most Valuable Player Award was received by Pat and Ken Gartland for their philanthropic efforts in the community in a variety of projects and causes over many years.

The Hometown Hero Award – a recognition for community philanthropy – was given to Dr. John and Mary Jane Beaumier. The Beaumiers were unable to attend the ceremony, but Community Foundation Director Gary LaPlant described the Beaumiers significant gifts to the community. Most recently, a gift from the Beaumiers financed the renovation of the Delta County Historical Society Museum.

The evening has a sports theme and those attending were encouraged to dress in the apparel of their favorite team. In keeping with the sports theme, the featured speaker of the evening was former Green Bay Packer and Detroit Lion wide receiver Bill Schroeder. Schroeder played for the Packers from 1997-2001 and for the Lions during the 2002-03 season.

Schroeder, who resides in Sheboygan, Wis., talked about his own foundation and the importance of giving back to your community. Schroeder is part of the Bill Schroeder Circle of Friends. The foundation helps children with cancer by taking them on fun trips and activities where “the kids get to be kids.”