In 2009, a group of hard-working and dedicated citizens in the Village of Dexter accomplished an amazing step towards cancer treatment in the local community by raising over $24,000 at their “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” cancer benefit.
In response to a Dexter resident having successful cancer surgery at Chelsea Community Hospital, members of the Ann Arbor Fraternal Order of Eagles #2154 and the Dexter American Legion #557 made the decision to hold a fundraising event to support Chelsea Community Hospital and efforts to bring chemotherapy services to Chelsea. Gary Klapperich was the honorary chair and co-chair of the event was Terri Trotter. The name of the fundraiser came from a song by Travis Tritt and was the tune this cancer patient kept in his mind during his chemotherapy treatment at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital.
The event consisted of a rummage sale and auction, as well as entertainment, a cook-out, bake sale, 50/50 raffle, and activities for the kids. Gary and Terri presented Chelsea Community Hospital with a check in the amount of $20,000 +++.
Chelsea Community Hospital is so grateful to the many Dexter community members who worked so hard to make the event a success. They sold bracelets, paper angels, tee-shirts, collected rummage sale donations, handed out flyers in Chelsea and Dexter, worked the entire day of the event, and did a tremendous job of putting this fundraiser together.
In 2010, they held their second annual event, which raised $10,000 for the Hospital’s Cancer Center, and yet another event was held in 2011 for the same cause. Chelsea Community Hospital is grateful to the many generous people who contributed their time and energy for this wonderful event.