MMWG Christmas Dinner/Fund Raiser

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The Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild held their annual Christmas dinner/ fund raiser at the Dewitt Memorial Building on December 1st. This year funds were raised to support a toy project for the SIREN/Eaton Shelter.
Each year MMWG solicits local and national companies for donations of woodworking related items. The donations are assembled on three tables for everyone’s viewing. As each number is announced, the lucky ticket holder gets his or her choice of the tools remaining on the table. This year’s raffle grand prize was a Rikon 14″ deluxe bandsaw model 10-325.
On the opposite side of the room were three tables displaying the “Show & Tell” items. Among the many beautiful projects you could find a music stand, jewelry box and of course wooden toys. Some of the work too large to sit on the tables included a refinished baby high chair, end tables and Cherry headboard.
The evening started with a mixer, which included nearly 60 attendees catching up on their latest wood projects and inspecting the three tables of donated woodworking tools and related items.

For dinner we enjoyed delicious pizza, bread sticks, spaghetti and salad. The meal was rounded out with a trip to the dessert table. A delectable selection of cookies, pies and sweet treats with names like Rocky Road Brownie or Red Velvet Cake had a few of us sneaking back for seconds.

The DeWitt Boy Scouts were upstairs engaged in a fast paced game of dodge ball. It is the season of sharing, so we invited the boys to share in our food, desserts and drink. Some may say this was a bribe to stop the noise on the wooden floor above us, but it was genuinely done in the spirit of the season.
The following morning MMWG members delivered pans of leftover spaghetti and bread sticks to the Lansing City Rescue Mission.

A little about the Mid- Michigan Woodworkers Guild

Our goal is to help people become better woodworkers and promote a better understanding and appreciation for woodworking of all types. Skill is NOT a pre-requisite, we are a non-profit organization dedicated to all those interested in woodworking.

The mission of SIREN/Eaton Shelter is to promote the elimination of domestic violence and homelessness by providing temporary housing,support,advocacy,education,and information to the community. SIREN/Eaton Shelter is committed to holding batterers responsible for their actions.

The following is a list of companies that supported the MMWG dinner/fund raiser:

TimberMate wood filler…


Rikon Power Tools…

Woodcraft of Grand Rapids, MI

General Finishs…

Lee Valley…

L.L. Johnsons Lumber/The Workbench…



Whiteside Router Bits…

Woodshop News…

Highland Hardware…

American Fabric Filter…

Hut Products…

Fox Chapel Publishing…

Flex Cut…

American Woodworker…


Tri-State Toy Supplier LLC, Charlotte MI


-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 07:00 PM

I’m glad to see woodworkers trying to make the world a little better place. It looks like you guys did a heck of a job all around. I’m sure the folks that donated raffle prizes appreciate the good press as well.

How much did you end up raising?

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 03:16 PM

Thanks Steve,
We are fortunate to have a great bunch of woodworkers in our club.
It was a group effort and a lot of fun.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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