Tent sale to benefit military families

Wolverine Worldwide is teaming up once again with the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA to help improve the health and wellness of the communities it serves. On Thursday, June 7, from 12 to 8 p.m., the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA will host a tent sale on its property at 6555 Jupiter Avenue in Belmont (north of West River Drive), offering discounted prices to the general public on popular Wolverine Worldwide brands like Bates, Merrell and Sebago.

All proceeds of this sale will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and the “Boot Campaign,” aiding military families with YMCA membership, child care, and other support programs and services.

The YMCA is committed to providing programs and services that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign provides financial assistance to those who are facing economic challenges. YMCAs throughout the United States provide family members of active service men and women free membership; the “Boot Campaign” and Strong Kids Campaign help military families when they are not on active duty. The Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA is currently assisting 65 military families in northern Kent County, as well as underwrites more than $110,000 a year in Strong Kids financial assistance.

“We are thrilled that Wolverine Worldwide is underwriting this tent sale to support our military families,” noted Dean Herried, executive director of the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA. “We couldn’t ask for a better corporate partner. It’s a win-win for all. Shoppers will get great deals on footwear, we’ll be raising needed dollars for military families, and we’ll also be providing a full day of free family fun at our YMCA for the public.”

In addition to the tent sale, the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA will be offering the following free demonstrations to the public:

•            12-8 p.m.—fun games and activities for kids, sponsored by military recruiting officers

•            12-4 p.m.—swim tests—find out what level your child is in our swim lessons and receive info on classes

•            2-6 p.m.—Challenge Course—try out the Y’s 18 acres of trails and low elements course

•            4-4:45 p.m.—guitar

•            5-5:45 p.m.—Speed and Agility (9+ years only)

•            5:45-6:25 p.m.—ballet

•            6-8 p.m.—chair massages

•            6-6:45 p.m.—X-fit (18+ years only)

Michael Stornant, a member of the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA Board of Directors and head of the Bates Division for Wolverine Worldwide, has facilitated the tent sale as well as the development of the Bates Boot Camp Challenge Course at the Y.

“We have been working with local members of the military to construct the challenge course and make sure it is the real deal,” commented Stornant. “They’ve also been tremendously helpful in developing our boot camp training programs at the Y. Bates is a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of military and armed forces footwear. All Bates products are 100% US Made by over 700 employees in Big Rapids. We are very excited to partner with the YMCA to support our military service personnel and their families—both with the tent sale and challenge course—while raising awareness for the contributions, sacrifices and needs of our military families in our communities.”

For additional details about the June 7 tent sale and demonstrations, Bates Boot Camp Training Programs and Challenge Course, and the YMCA, contact Molly Schmid at (616) 855-1447 or e-mail to mschmid@grymca.org. The tent sale and demonstrations are open to the general public. Sales are on a first-come, first-serve basis and all sales are final. In case of bad weather, the tent sale will be held inside the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA.

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