This spuds for you

Community Foundation hosts annual fundraiser, everyone’s invited!

LAKE COUNTY — For the more than 20 years, folks from Lake County have gathered for a good meal in support of their Community Foundation.

It’s time to mark your calendars, the 21st annual Lake County Community Foundation Baked Potato Supper is set

to go and everyone is invited.

The annual spud fest will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 in St. Ann’s Community Center located just behind St. Ann’s Church in Baldwin.

The event is always a lot of fun.

“On the menu are the usual baked potatoes with all the fixins’, a ton of dessert goodies, and hot and cold beverages,” reported Jane Allison, LCCF president.

“All the proceeds go toward support of the Community Foundation.

“This is the only public fundraiser the Foundation holds. The only other way the Foundation gets funding is through the annual appeal and from donations.”

Community involvement makes the LCCF’s only fundraiser a huge success each year.  The LCCF  was able to have a significant impact on the county with its 2010 grant cycle.

More than $160,000 was awarded to fourteen different projects submitted by churches, governmental agencies, qualifying non-profit organizations, libraries, and schools in Lake County.

“The annual Baked Potato Supper can also be thought of as a type of  “celebration” of the community,” continued Allison. “The generosity, support and confidence of the community is shown in the success of the LCCF Baked Potato Supper each year.

“In 2010, the supper netted $4,000.  The Lake County Community Foundation welcomes the community’s participation and generosity and would like to thank everyone for their past support.  Board members look forward to another successful supper.”

Every penny raised remains in Lake County and is used to support the many grant-funded programs the Foundation offers funding for each year. Funds raised at the baked potato supper will be added to the Lake County Community Foundation’s general fund.

The dinner is open to the public.

Organizers hope everyone will drop in, have a great dinner, and support the Community Foundation.

Tickets are already on sale and can be picked up at Baldwin Lumber, from Foundation board members, or at the door.

The fundraiser team are always able to help people with take-home orders as well.

The LCCF Board consists of members of the Lake County community who willingly volunteer their time and the Baked Potato chairperson, Shawn Washington, is one of these board members.

If you would like to volunteer on April 9  or would like to donate a homemade dessert for the dessert table, please contact Shawn Washington by phone (231)-745-7201 or email