Hospice to hold annual fish fry, boil benefit

LUDINGTON —August 17th at the Ludington Boat Club marks the 25th anniversary of a long standing fundraiser for the benefit of Hospice of Michigan; the Fish Fry/Boil and Auction.

Beginning as a small in house fish fry by members of the boat club, the first event raised $750 which, by a vote of the membership, was donated to the then Hospice of Mason County.

The event has since evolved from an in house fish fry with fish caught by boat club membership, to a public event serving over 1100 people.

The event in later years added a fish boil and a live auction, and subsequently added a silent auction and quilt raffle. The day’s event begins at 1 p.m. serving food until 7; the silent auction runs throughout the day, with closing times later in the afternoon, the live auction begins at 3 p.m. The raffle ends at 5 p.m. and this year, along with the handmade quilt by the Country Quilters Guild in Scottville, a unique handcrafted queen sized log bed with mattress and box springs has been added to the drawing.

The bed itself was crafted by student volunteers of Journey Alternative Education under the guidance of Troy Veeneman: Raven Gray, Terryn Borgh, and George Wilson. The winner of the raffle will have the added benefit of having the bed delivered the next day, within 50 miles of Ludington, compliments of Troy. Tickets for the raffle can be obtained at Doc’s Sauble Inn or by contacting Hospice of Michigan at 231-845-3422 or emailing jtaylor@hom.org.

Fish for the event is purchased although much of the fish for the boil is donated by participants of the Ludington Offshore Classic. The menu for the day includes Fried Pollack, French fries, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, and a fish boil of salmon/trout with potatoes, carrots, onion and melted butter; and homemade desserts and coffee. Drinks may also be purchased throughout the day.

To date the event continues to donate proceeds to Hospice of Michigan, the local hospice since 1982, to the tune of over $200,000.

Much of the funds are obtained by the live and silent auction of items donated by local businesses, organizations, individuals and members of the boat club and are varied, including many unique items and gift certificates. Businesses from Benzie, Lake, Manistee, Mason and Oceana counties contribute to make the event a success.

The Ludington Boat Club has been a longtime supporter of the mission of Hospice of Michigan and has continued to support many of the services provided by the local hospice. For more information about the event, please contact Jean Taylor at 231-845-3422 or email jtaylor@hom.org. For information about Hospice of Michigan services, please call 1-888-247-5701 or go to