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The Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation (OMPEF) has scheduled a couple of fundraisers, and one is happening this weekend. These events, one featuring musical guest Oh Brother Big Sister and the other the Sun Radius Steel Band, are just one way people can support the new Old Mission Peninsula School opening in September 2018.

The Foundation has set a goal of raising $2 million by January 2018. This money will be used directly for start-up costs for the new school, which received its charter status through Grand Valley State University last month. State funding will not be received until October 2018, after the school opens, so all donations are much appreciated and needed to get to the finish line.

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BEG, BORROW & STEEL FUNDRAISER

Saturday, August 12, 5 p.m. at Old Mission Lighthouse Park

Beg (it is a fundraiser!), Borrow (SUPs from Brick Wheels) and Steel (7-piece steel band) are the words of the day for this summer-themed event. Join OMPEF at Old Mission Lighthouse Park (located just south of the lighthouse) for a fun day in the sun. Stand Up Paddle boards provided by Brick Wheels will be available to try out as you enjoy the sounds of Sun Radius Music and their 7-piece steel band.

Everyone is invited to this community meeting to learn more about the future school on the Old Mission Peninsula and have fun enjoying the beauty of Old Mission in the summer – sun, music and paddle boarding. Feel free to bring your own picnic basket to the event.

Tickets are $15 through MyNorthtickets.com and $17 the day of the event.

HARVEST TIME FOR OMPEF

Saturday, Sept. 16, 6 – 9 p.m., Chateau Grand Traverse, 12239 Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula

It’s harvest time for OMPEF as it continues to educate the Old Mission Peninsula and Traverse City community on the progress of the new school on Old Mission Peninsula. Chateau Grand Traverse will provide a beautiful backdrop to the evening, along with a performance by Oh Brother, Big Sister. Everyone is invited.

Tickets include a complimentary glass of CGT wine and an OMPEF wine glass, as well as some nibbles. There will be a silent auction and all proceeds from the event, including wine sales, will go to OMPEF. Also, 50 percent of all cases of wine sales on that day will be donated to OMPEF. Please mention the event in order for OMPEF to receive the donation.

Tickets are available at www.MyNorthTickets.com, and this exclusive event is limited to the first 75 guests. Tickets are $50 when purchased ahead of time and $55 the day of the event. All guests must be age 21 and older.

Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing quality education programs on Old Mission Peninsula. Learn more at their website

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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