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Women snowmobilers raise for Easter Seals


Dear Editor,

The 21st annual "For Women Only" Snowmobile Ride was held on Feb. 8-10, 2008 at the Ramada Inn in Grayling, MI. The annual snowmobile ride draws women from all over the Midwest for a weekend of fun, pampering, and relaxation all while raising funds to support Easter Seals-Michigan's therapeutic services for children and adults with disabilities. This year's riders also had the opportunity to meet five-year old Ryan Glant, Easter Seals 2008 child ambassador, and his family.

From the area were riders: Cindy Potter, Barb Jurn, and Mary Jo Cooley. A few others formerly from the area were: Kathryn Jurn and Tammy (Porter) Polzin.

This year the FWO riders raised over $150,000 for Easter Seals programs. Of the 160 attendees, only 40 were new riders. Most participants come once, and are dedicated to continuing each year with their participation. They feel a "loyalty" to this fundraiser. Michigan Snowmobile Association and Nelson's Speed Shop were the top sponsors of the event.

Easter Seals--Michigan is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with mental illness, emotional impairments, autism, developmental disabilities, and other special needs.

For more information, contact Easter Seals--Michigan at 1-800-75-SEALS or www.essmichigan.org.

Mary Jo Cooley
February 13, 2008

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