Women Who Care Event – Oct 1, 2015

Sanilac 100 women fundraiser is in need of more women

Nicole Hayden, Times Herald

A night to dress to the nines, drink wine, and network with caring women is even better when funds from the event get donated to a local cause.

The Sanilac Women Who Care is hosting its third annual fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington Village Theater.

The event aims to gather 100 women together to make a difference, but 37 women are still needed to sign up to hit that mark.

Each of the 100 women are required to bring $100 to attend the event with the goal of raising $10,000 for a local organization.

Three participating women are randomly chosen to pitch a local charity that should receive the money raised from the night.

All women in attendance then vote once the pitches are complete.

The sole winner receives all of the funds.

“There is no end to the need for funding,” said Nona Walker, Sanilac Women Who Care board member. “There are many different causes from the county museum needing updates to food pantries needing money.”

Last year the winning organization was the Sanilac County Child Advocacy Center which took home $7,200.

“We have never hit the 100-women mark, which is our ultimate goal, we would love to do that,” Walker said. “But really our goal is to do better than we did the previous year.”

Last year, 72 women attended the event. So far 63 women, which equates to $6,300, have signed up to attend. Pre-registration is not required; women can sign up at the door.

“We try to keep it classy, the venue itself adds to the ambiance of it,” Walker said. “Ladies come dressed up, not in formal wear, but not in sweatshirts either. A lot of networking goes on and a lot of wine gets consumed, too.”

Walker said the networking portion of the event allows various local organizations to discuss how they can work together and to introduce others to charities they may not have heard of.

“Not every woman who comes is here to represent an organization that needs funds,” Walker said. “Some women just come to support local causes. Part of the networking is trying to convince women to pitch your organization if they are one of the ones randomly chosen to present on a charity.”

This year local Paul Shonk will be providing the musical entertainment throughout the night. Volunteer men will also be dressed up in tuxedos serving complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be open.

For more information or to register call Walker at (810) 622-9209.

Contact Nicole Hayden at (810) 989-6279 or nhayden@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @NicoleHayden_TH.

If you go

Sanilac Women Who Care, 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington Village Theater, 7318 Huron Ave., Lexington. Cost is $100.

For more information or to register call Nona Walker at (810) 622-9209.

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Lexington Village Theatre, Lexington, Michigan

Grand Opening June 13

Lexington’s Harborview Plaza plans grand opening June 13*

LEXINGTON — The once vibrant Smackwater Block, which went into receivership in December 2011, is getting new life, a new name and new tenants.

Now the Harborview Plaza, the block is at 7318 Huron Ave.

“The new owners are local people that live here,” said Tom Raymond, Lexington village manager. “They have a really good feel about what the area can support.”

New owners, Mike and Lanae Kettlewell, bought the block under the name LLC Harborview Investments and began work to renovate in summer 2013.

The block had a soft opening on May 1. The grand opening will be June 13 [corrected from May 24] with entertainment in the new theater.

The block now houses the Sweetwater Gourmet Deli and Bakery, the Celtic Ray Pub, and the Lexington Village Theatre. Studio Hair Design and ER Fitness also are in the plaza.

“The plaza was dead and sad for a while,” said Lisa Hind, co-owner of Sweetwater Deli. “The courtyard is beautiful now with the fountain flowing and flowers planted. It was brought back to life. It’s a gathering place now.”

Hind said the deli’s soft opening earlier this month was a success.

“The response was overwhelming, better than I could ever imagine,” she said. “The last two weeks have been a good sign for things to come this summer.”

Raymond said community has welcomed the additions.

“We have a diversified group of eateries now,” Raymond said. “None will be in competition with each other because they will be offering a variety, which is key. Now people don’t have to leave Lexington to find variety.”

He said he was impressed with the Celtic Ray Pub.

“We have gotten a very positive response from the community,” said Kevin Doyle, pub owner. “People have been thanking us for saving the building and for bringing something new to Lexington.”

The pub, with a sister location in Florida, was supposed to have opened in Port Huron. But when Doyle by chance walked past the Lexington building, he was sold.

“It was a beautiful building, perfect for an Irish pub,” he said. “And it wasn’t being used for anything. The wood paneling and brick layout were beautiful.”

Doyle said during the grand opening of the block on June 13 [corrected from May 24] there will be a traditional Irish pub sing-a-long band performing with an Australian blues fusion band in the Lexington Village Theatre.

The theater is connected to both the pub and the deli.

“The first year for the theater will be the warmup year,” Mike Kettlewell said. “We expect the first year to be slower, but we do have some significant acts coming out.”

Among the acts are the John Corbett Band, the Little River Band, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

“The three additions, the pub, the deli, and the theater, are all giving people a reason to stay longer in Lexington and to come more often,” Hind said. “You could literally have a pub crawl now.”

The former Smackwater Block was owned by Adam Buschbacher and housed The Smackwater Grille, Brewmaster’s Pub and The Tap Room. It also housed Gallery 7318, Huron Avenue Gourmet Marketplace and the Lexington Music and Theatre Co.

Contact Nicole Hayden at (810) 989-6279 or nhayden@gannett.com. On Twitter @NicoleHayden_TH.

This article is credited to Nicole Hayden and the Times Heraldwww.thetimesherald.com

Reprinted by permission of the Times Herald.

*Grand Opening corrected from May 24 to June 13