CHECKS OF JUST OVER $286 each went to 19 organizations that participated in the Curwood Festival’s food vendor sponsor program. In all, 38 community organizations were involved with the festival, with just over $63,353 distributed to them, according to festival office manager Sherri Bakos. The Mr. Owosso campaign raised approximately $43,621 for The Arc Shiawassee and Child Advocacy Center. The four groups that ran their own food booth or event raised $8,961 after expenses. Thirteen organizations were paid a total of $5,371 to provide services to the festival, such as overnight security, tent staffing, and monetary awards for parade entries.
The 19 organizations received checks during the September Curwood Festival meeting. Those presented with checks included the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team Rambler Rays; American Cancer Society Team SOS; American Legion Auxiliary Post 57; Beta Sigma Phi Sorority; Boy Scout Troop 455; Christ Episcopal Church, St. Mary’s Guild; and Citizens for Traditional Values Shiawassee.
Also, the Colts & Fillies 4-H Club; Community Radio Watch of Shiawassee (CRW); First Congregational Church, Lydia Guild; Friends of the Oak Hill Cemetery; Kiwanis Club of Owosso; Owosso Eagles Aerie 851 Auxiliary; Owosso Historical Commission; Owosso Musicale; Rangers 4-H; Redeemer Lutheran Church; Shiawassee County Dog Development Committee; and Zonta Club of Owosso.
The Curwood Festival is a 501(c) 4 organization dedicated to “celebrating the life of author/conservationist James Oliver Curwood by organizing, promoting, and conduction family events using the efforts and resources of volunteers, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental units to enhance the economic and community image of Curwood country.”