100 Years of Caring for Our Community

United Way of the Lakeshore is celebrating 100 years of caring for our community in 2018!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 100 Year Celebration on May 10. It was a wonderful birthday party!

100 Years. 100 Voices.

Mike Vogas put his amazing film-making skills to work with Clayton Hardiman's beautiful writing and JC Howe's wonderful voice to create a moving tribute video to celebrate our 100 years of caring. If you missed the premiere at our celebration, you can watch it here.

To create the video, Mike interviewed our donors, volunteers, staff, and supporters to hear their stories of what United Way of the Lakeshore means to them and how it's impacted their lives. In addition to the video, short audio clips were created from each interview. Listen to those voices here.  You'll hear some wonderful stories!

Thank you to our generous 100 Year Celebration event sponsors!


Thank you to the businesses & individuals who donated to our Silent Auction & Raffle!

313 Presents, American Steamship, Bernio's, Boyne Resorts, Broadway Liquor, Chateau Grand Traverse, Cinema Carousel, City-Side Hair Design, Comerica, Complete Restoration, Craig's Cruisers, Crayola, Crystal Mountain Resorts, Dee Stress U Massage Therapy, Detroit Red Wings, Di's Hallmark, Essing's Auto Body, Evolve Salon, Fetch Brewing, Fricano's, Gerber Products, Grand Rapids Griffins, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Green Bay Packers, Hobo's Tavern, Interlake Shipping, John Ball Zoo, Johnson's Great Outdoors, KL Industries, Lake Express Ferry, Lakeshore Massage Therapy, Lewis Farms, Little River Casino, Meat Block, Montgomery Inn, Muskegon Country Club, Muskegon Irish Fest, Newaygo County, Old Channel Inn, Parmenter Law, Pitkins, Pizza Ranch, Pub 111, Salon M, Scott's Meats, Shedd Aquarium, Shorts Brewing, Skeetown Tavern, Soaring Eagle Waterpark, SS Badger, Stonegate Golf Course, The Block, The Cheese Lady, The Hearthstone Bistro, The Station Grill, Toast & Jams, Topshelf Pizza, United Express/Muskegon Airport, United Way, Unruly Brewing, USS Silversides, Vanity Room, Veterans Advisory Committee, Wasserman's Flowers & Gifts, Waterdog Outfitters, West Michigan Whitecaps, White Lake Chamber of Commerce, White Lake Golf Course, Zeke's Charters, Bob and Mary Boyd, Nancy Boxter, Karen Brittner, Rob and Laura Carpenter, Bob Carter, Lisa Chamberlain, Pat & Julie Donahue, Jackie Engler, Ron Huey, Jill Jepsen, Linda Juarez, Dan & Sheryl Kuznar, George McDonnell, Mark Meyers, Gary Nelund, John and Sue Noling, Kendra & Dan Olsen, Laurie Pounder, Josh Reece, Christine & Marv Robere, Robert Ross, Barbara Saunders-Sims, Lisa Sabourin, Dave Sipka, Pat Shafer, Derrick Smith, Bobbie Springer, Marti & Kiersten Taliant, Greg VanWoerkem


Thank you everyone who helped make our 100 Year Celebration a success!

2017 Campaign Chair:  John Severson
2018 Campaign Chair:  Gary Nelund

Auction Committee:  Beth Sheldon, Lori O’Brien, Kendra Olsen, Laura Carpenter and Alicia Springer.

Event Volunteers:  Sally White, Lisa Chamberlain, Mary Vanderlaan, Rob Carpenter, Kiersten Tallant, Marti Tallant, Michelle Pridnia, Toby Schrier, Emily Olsen, Dan Olsen, Regan Wilcox, Pat McConnell,  Nancy & Lyle Robbins, Kevin Carlson, Samantha Ladegast. Aditi Baksji, Abhi Pathak, Chrissy Richardson.

Audio and Video:  Mike Vogas, Benchmark Productions,  Clayton Hardiman, J.C. Howe

Entertainment Committee: Andrew J Zahrt, Tim Lipan, Bob Scolnik, Ginny Sprague, Mike Vogas.

Singers/Musicians/Dancers: Hallie Ackerman, Bret Balcom, Raymond Brock, Elijah Nichols, Jared Peterson, Kim Sorenson, the Spotlight Dance Academy dancers.

Photographers:  Alex Conrad, K.T. Spencer.

History Committee:  Lori O’Brien, Judy Johnson, Nancy Bierenga,  Nancy McCarthy, Kay Ostrom, Jackie Engel, Roger & Marilyn Andersen, Ray Hanslits, Warren Westenburg

United Way “Ghosts”
Adam Winters as LC Walker (Greater Muskegon War, Progress and Relief Fund)
Tim Hamlin as Reverend Archibald Hadden (Muskegon Community Chest Chair)
Bruce Froelich as Colonel Frank Whitney (War Chest Board Chair)
Jackie Engle as Mrs. CJ Reese (First female campaign chair)
Bill Kenney as Carl Young (First Staff, Labor AFL)

History boards created by Fineline Creative and Custom Service Printers.

Music provided by:  Carol Juhl on the harp and Erik Olson on the piano

Special Thanks To:  Frauenthal Center, Muskegon Civic Theatre, Mart Dock, Radium Photo, Jason P. Bertoia, Dave LaChapelle, Andrew Cooper, Kirk Wahamaki, and the Reeths Puffer Techies.

Coasters provided by CWC Textron, with special thanks to Anderson Global for building the patterns and tooling; and Shoreline Fabricators for smoothing the pieces.

Catering by Above & Beyond Catering
Desserts catered by Tudor Event Services & Catering
Birthday Cake donated by Ryke’s

Thank you for all of your time, expertise, and passion for our mission; we appreciate your time and commitment!