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Grand Rapids '09

Families, friends and Wabash men made it another stellar Wabash Day in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over 30 volunteers came together to assist the Grand Rapids Veterans Home on this special project. We were excited to work with the Veterans Home and to show the veterans a small token of our appreciation for all of the sacrifices they have made for all us and our country. The Veterans Home is a State run agency facing a serious financial crisis and much of its funding has been eliminated.

The Wabash team did not let the lack of resources damper the Wabash Spirit - the team pulled together to buy the supplies for the project. The project focused on beautifying the Home's nature trail near the property. The nature trail is a refuge for many of the veterans, as it allows them to leave their room to enjoy a simple pleasure in life, the outdoors. The Veterans Home is really appreciative of our work on the trail and we look forward to other projects in the future.

The work we performed included: spreading mulch, shingling a roof, cutting trees, remodeling a shelter, planting flowers, washing benches and general cleaning. It was a great day. The bad weather did not hamper our enthusiasm and simply proved that rain or shine...WABASH ALWAYS FIGHTS!

The following individuals participated in this event:

Kenyatta and Tracey Brame- 92’
Michael Stroster
Jay and Marty Fisher -66’
Tom Holmes and Brooke-01’
Kevin Brechting and some of his basket ball players (Sara, Gabby, Katie and Shalae)-00’
Erin Melcher
Matt Abid and his church youth group-04'
Justin VanderIest and Misty-06'
Don and Nancy VanderIes
Graham Boyd-00’
Bill Hecker-05’
Bernie Manker-74'
Tim Conroy-79'
Gretchen Robison
Scott Kearney
Jon Minor, Logan and Ian-85’
Alex Manker and Christy-01'