The Grayling Youth Booster Club held their first annual Boosterpalooza on Saturday, September 28th at the Camp Grayling Armory. It certainly was the biggest tailgate party of the year. More than 200 people packed into the Armory for the event. There were plenty of silent and live auction items to check out, a well-stocked bar and delicious food prepared by Connie Swander. Guests were dancing late into the night thanks to the great music supplied by Travis Huber.
The crowd settled down long enough to let GYBC president Rob Aubry welcome everyone and highlight the fundraising work that the group does year round. Mark Hartman was honored as Booster of the Year. “You know, when you spend so much time coaching kids and being involved with so many activities, you do it because you love it, never expecting any special award for it. But when it happens, especially on a great evening like this, it really means so much,” said Hartman after the presentation.
The live auction followed the closing of the silent auction and was hosted by past GYBC board member Chad Patterson. Guests battled over lower level seats to a Pistons game, Red Wings tickets, two week-long vacations in South Carolina and family packages to the Great Wolf Lodge. Three lucky families will enjoy watching one of each of the final home Viking football games from the press box.
GYBC was very excited to announce their support for the Grayling Little League project which will add playing fields, dugouts and an irrigation system at the Crawford County Sports Complex. Board members from GLL were present to accept the $10,000 grant. Total cost of the project exceeds $260,000 and GYBC and GLL are hoping that the community will pitch in to help them reach their goal.
The winning raffle ticket for the 2013 Kawasaki Mule was drawn by Mark Hartman. The ATV, supplied by Pioneer Marine in Roscommon, had been present at many events and businesses in Grayling over the past few months. The winner was Patti Ososki of Roscommon.
After a year of planning, the Palooza exceeded the expectations of GYBC board members, raising over $16,000 to support a wide range of youth activities in Crawford County. “The evening really showcased our community. The businesses that donated items for the auctions and the attendees of the Palooza are what make Grayling a great place to live and raise a family. The whole evening was for the kids of Crawford County. We look forward to making next year’s Palooza even bigger and better!” said Michele Steffey, co-chair of the event.