Annual barbecue tradition will focus on seven college needs
An annual springtime tradition will help fund seven programs at Northwestern Michigan College.
The NMC Barbecue Board has selected the college programs that will share more than $44,000 in funding from the 59th annual Barbecue, set for May 18 on the college's main campus.
College employees submit proposals for Barbecue funds to support program and equipment needs, contingent on funds raised that day. A subcommittee reviews and recommends proposals to the Barbecue Board, a group of 25 community volunteers.
This year's recipients include:
Health Occupations Simulation Lab
Alumni Art Show set for March 28-May 31
Application computer stations for Admissions
NMC Scholarship Open support
Wireless microphones for Milliken Auditorium
Scholarships for STEM Robotics and College for Kids classes
Calculus the Musical production May 2
The late Gerald W. Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson's Food Stores in Traverse City, started the annual fund raiser picnic in 1956. Oleson's Food Stores continues to donate all the food.
About 10,000 people attend every year, raising more than $1.5 million for college programs and equipment over the years.
In addition to the traditional menu of buffalo steakettes or hot dog, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and beverage and ice cream served from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 18, free live entertainment is provided throughout the day. Children's games and activities will also be provided. The Barbecue will once again strive toward zero-waste, with composting and recycling services available.
Tickets for the event are $6 in advance and $8 on Barbecue Day and are
or by contacting the NMC Office of Public Relations & Marketing at 231-995-1020.