Lake County Community Foundation hosts potato dinner

BALDWIN — The St. Ann’s/St. Ignatius parish Senior Center was the site, last Saturday evening, of the 22nd annual Baked Potato Supper, sponsored by the Lake County Community Foundation. The festivities began promptly at 4 p.m., and the hall was immediately packed with happy Lake County boosters who turned out in force to make the event a success.

“We had a wonderful turnout,” reports Shawn Washington, one of the organizers of the dinner. “The crowd came steadily from 4 to 7, the food was delicious, and everybody had a great time.”

Washington notes that the potato dinner, which has become a springtime tradition over the past two decades, attracts lots of year-round residents as well as “snowbirds” and that they always make the dinner an occasion for renewing old friendships and catching up on the latest news.

“Many people stayed on after they had finished eating and just visited,” she said. “It was clear that they were glad to see each other again.”

This popular annual community event was the result of dedicated efforts by the community foundation and a host of generous volunteers. The Senior Center had the appearance of a gathering of a “who’s who” of individuals whose faces have become familiar to Baldwin residents over the years because of their continued efforts in support of local charities and fundraisers.

As usual, diners were treated to the “standard menu” which they’ve come to expect: baked potatoes with a fantastic variety of toppings, including broccoli, bacon bits, ground beef, turkey and cheese. These choices have become special favorites over the years and are in demand. As an added treat, a huge display of desserts, all donated by local volunteers, topped off the meal. This year the selections included “sugar-free” pies for the benefit of any calorie-counters in attendance.

A total of more than 400 potatoes were served at this year’s dinner.

The Lake County Community Foundation is one of the great organizations in the Northwest Michigan area, which each year does wonderful things for the community. Last year alone, the foundation donated a whopping $80,000 through grants, individual endowments, its general fund and the support of county residents who pitch in and get in the spirit at events such as the potato dinner.

LCCF President Jane Allison credits local citizens for the on-going success of the Foundation.

“We make a real impact in the community,” she said. “We remain committed and vigilant in facing new challenges and opportunities.”

The foundation’s goal continues to give support to the Lake County community in all areas of human services.

For more information regarding the Lake County Community Foundation, visit or write P. O. Box 995, Baldwin, MI 49304.