FLINT TWP. —Gold, silver and even diamonds were among gifts given away last week as the West Flint Business Association went about the business of spreading a bit of holiday cheer while raising money for its scholarship fund.
Instead of its usual monthly guest speaker, the WFBA hosted its 12th annual fundraiser as a fun, festive way to benefit its scholarship fund, according to Debbe Campbell, WFBA president.
More than 85 gifts valued at about $5000 total were donated by members as prizes. The top prize was a pair of diamond hoop earrings valued at $1,200, donated by Mort Krasner, who owned and operated Krasner Jewelers on Miller Road for many years.
Other primo gifts included gold coins valued at $100, Michigan Warriors seasons tickets valued at $200 and a $325 two night stay and gaming package for two at the Bay Mills Resort and Casino in Brimley which is hoping to build a casino on land in Flint Township,
The majority of the prizes were gift cards to local restaurants and stores but among the unusual ones was a one-hour massage by certified massage therapist Pam Malow- Isham and two website set-ups from Dave Crabill of Electric Sales. Crabill is the webmaster responsible for WFBA’s new website at westflintbiz.com which has information about WFBA events, a membership directory and opportunities for business promotion.
WFBA gives away three $2,500 scholarships each spring. They are:
* Adult Learner Student Scholarship to an individual in the work force trying to improve him- or herself by furthering their education.
* High School Community Service Scholarship to assist a high school senior in attending college.
* GASC Technology Center Scholarship to assist a high school senior who has been enrolled in a Career & Technology program at the Genesee Area Skill Center and is continuing his/her education in a related area.
WFBA meets on the third Wednesday of each month during the school year. Its next meeting will be January 18 and the guest speaker will be from Android Industries of Flint Township, a company that makes handicapped accessible vehicles.
WFBA also announced at the holiday fundraiser that more than $800 was raised in a single night of a WFBA poker fundraiser held last week.