Area businesses give back to the community

WINNERS: The Big “K” Construction team of (from left to right) John Larr, Kenner McKie, John Sobaski and Phil McKie were the winners of the 2013 Golf for Warmth event. (Courtesy photo)
WINNERS: The Big “K” Construction team of (from left to right) John Larr, Kenner McKie, John Sobaski and Phil McKie were the winners of the 2013 Golf for Warmth event. (Courtesy photo)

MANISTEE — Getting out on the course on a nice day, with blue skies overhead and perfectly manicured greens below is a favorite pastime in northern Michigan. But for several area business leaders, it also was a means to contribute to their community.

FiveCAP, Inc. held its ninth annual Golf for Warmth event on Aug. 2 at Manistee National Golf and Resort in Manistee. The event raised funds for the agency’s Walk for Warmth fund, which provides a safety net for people who need heat assistance but don’t otherwise qualify for state or federal programs.

Lake-Osceola State Bank CEO Deborah Smith-Olson has participated in the event each year and said it’s a “double bonus” to be able to have fun while helping local residents.

“I think we just enjoy giving back to the community that we serve and the area that we serve,” she said. “That’s why we’re here, that’s why we’re invested heavily and give some of our good fortune back to the people who really need it.”

Custom Sheet Metal owners Chris and Amy Loftis also are longtime supporters of FiveCAP’s programs, citing similar reasons.

“We just enjoy giving back to the community,” Chris said. “The community has always given a lot to us and we enjoy helping people that need help. We enjoy the fact that we can come out and support our local people and it stays local — that’s one of the biggest reasons.”

Assisting in the communities where their customers and employees live is an important aspect of the couple’s support of FiveCAP’s programs.

“The nice thing is FiveCAP serves all of the areas we cover,” Amy added, “so we have employees that live in all the different communities that we service and it’s just huge that we’re able to give back. We’re in a position to be able to give back, at home. It’s just a great feeling.”

In addition to golfing, by the end of the day, the Loftis table was filled with goods from the live auction. Dozens of area businesses contributed a wide variety of items for the auction, ranging from oil changes to home décor.

“We enjoy the auction,” Chris said. “We take these products back to our people, we have a drawing at our office for our meetings that we have, so it’s a win-win for everybody.”

The Lake-Osceola State Bank and Custom Sheet Metal teams were joined by groups from Big “K” Construction, Straight Fence, Duke Energy, BDO Seidman and Family Health Care as well as several individuals.

Each participant received a certificate for an additional 18-hole round of golf valid on either of Manistee National’s courses, practice range balls and a sleeve of Titleist NXT balls.

The team from Big “K” Construction turned in the first-place performance, winning an overnight stay package from Little River Casino Resort. Since no one achieved a hole in one on hole nine, the 2013 Dodge Dart was returned to Watson’s Chrysler.

The Walk for Warmth fund allows FiveCAP to ensure that families in need can keep warm during the winter. All the funds raised from Golf for Warmth and Walk for Warmth are used to heat homes in FiveCAP’s four-county service.

For more information on the program, contact FiveCAP at (231) 757-3785.