Michigan Week Dinner slated for April 28

REED CITY — The end of April marks a significant time in the year as the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce prepares to host the annual Michigan Week Dinner.

This year’s event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Reed City High School. Dinner will be offered by Pere Marquette Catering and feature a main dish, sides, desserts and beverages. The cost to attend is $25.

"I like that the Michigan Week Dinner is our one event where we look at the accomplishments of the community from the previous year," said Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chastity Eads. "It's always fun to look back on the things we've done and the things we have to be proud of."

The evening's biggest highlight is recognizing those in the city who have made an extra effort to help others. The chamber accepted nominations for Business and Citizen of the Year awards through mid-April, and a committee looked through each one, using a point system to determine the winners.

The Citizen of the Year award will be given to an individual who has made a positive impact on Reed City, and lives, works or volunteers in the city. Business of the Year will be awarded to an established, for-profit company that shows evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects. A Student of the Year award also will be presented to a local teen.

"It's great to award a business, citizen and student for the way they give back and the way they put forth in our community," Eads added. "That's what a small community is made up of — small individuals and businesses — it's great to take the time to honor those people because that's how things get done in a small community. It's the group of people wanting to give back to their community and see progress."

In addition to the awards, a community-focused talk will be given by Maria Gonzalez, foundation manager of the Fremont Area Community Foundation, with which the Osceola County Community Foundation is affiliated.

"I felt like the foundation gets a good, full view of the community with their grant process, so we invited her to speak on their accomplishments," Eads said.

To purchase tickets, contact the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 832-5431.