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August 14, 2014

Lathrup thanks volunteers with night out

By Kayla Dimick
C & G Staff Writer

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Tere Turner volunteers her time in 2010 through the Lathrup Village TimeBank, cleaning up flower beds in Courtney O’Shea’s yard. Volunteers will be recognized this year at the Night Out in Lathrup Event Aug. 16.

LATHRUP VILLAGE — In order to give Lathrup Village volunteers a proper thank-you, the village’s Recreation Department will be holding an event called Night Out In Lathrup to celebrate volunteers and the community alike.

The event will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, on the lawn of the Lathrup Village Municipal Complex. A chicken dinner will be served at 5 p.m., followed by a concert by Air Margaritaville at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. A cash bar will be available.

“While it is a community event that is open to the public, we are also honoring our volunteers for their hours of support and participation,” said Recreation Coordinator Maralee Rosemond.

One person will be named the Lathrup Village Volunteer of the Year by Lathrup Village TimeBank, an organization dedicated to donating time to people in need.

Evan Bell, the winner of the Volunteer of the Year award in 2012, was the youngest person to win the award, at age 20.

“I just tried to help out at as many events as I can,” Bell said. “I go to school, and that restricts the amount of events,  but when I do help out, I just try to interact with the attendees and make a difference in our city.”

Now 22, Bell is attending Grand Valley State University and majoring in legal studies.

When he won the award, Bell said, he not only felt pride for himself, but for the village, as well.

“I have a lot of pride in Lathrup Village, and our recreation department plays a big role in that,” Bell said. “I think it can really help bring the community together and make the community better.”

Rosemond said the event also signifies the end of summer.

“It’s one big, friendly gathering. One last concert before the end of the summer,” she said.

Attendees are encouraged to reserve tickets ahead of time by calling Maralee Rosemond at (248) 557-2600, ext. 224.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kayla Dimick at kdimick@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1108.