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My Town: Mark Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Mark Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The American Red Cross is encouraging Americans to honor service men and women this Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation of blood.

“Your blood donation at this time of year works as both a tribute and a testament to our nation’s armed forces,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “By rolling up your sleeve, you’ll also help maintain a strong blood supply at a time of year when blood donations traditionally decline.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. While that need is constant, the number of people donating blood can fluctuate, particularly over the summer, when schools no longer host blood drives because they are shut down for the summer. 

If you would like to donate, visit any of the following blood drives:

My Town Holland: Oscar Mayer Wienermobile takes on Tulip Time

My Town Holland: Oscar Mayer Wienermobile takes on Tulip Time

HOLLAND, Mich.—The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is rolling through West Michigan.

The famous vehicle will be rolling down the road during the Tulip Time Muziekparade Saturday, May 10.  The Weinermobile will remain at the festival from 12:45 pm. To 4 p.m., as two Oscar Mayer “hotdoggers” pose for pictures and hand out wiener whistles, stickers and coupons.

WZZM 13 will also be among the more than 4,000 participants in the Muziekparade, which is a culmination of the week long Tulip Time festival.  Michigan’s longest procession kicks off at 8th and Columbia at 2 p.m.

My Town Holland: Restaurant hosts benefit for sextuplet family who lost father

My Town Holland: Restaurant hosts benefit for sextuplet family who lost father

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HOLLAND, Mich. ­– Bagger Dave’s, a unique, full-service, ultra-casual restaurant and full bar, will host a benefit to help the Van Houten children who recently suffered the unexpected loss of their father, Ben Van Houten.

The event is planned for 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, at the restaurant’s Holland location, 3333 West Shore Drive.

Bagger Dave’s, known for its fresh, never frozen approach to food and prime rib recipe burgers, will donate 15 percent of the day’s sales to the Van Houten Children's Trust that has been established for the children. 

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of local restaurants are joining the effort to ensure veterans get a chance to see their war memorials in our nation’s capitol.

Seven area Culver’s restaurants will host fundraisers Tuesday, May 20 for the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group that transports veterans to the national monuments.  Ten percent of sales on May 20 will go toward the effort.

“We’re happy for the opportunity to support the Honor Flight network and we hope our guests will too,” says Craig Culver, co-founder of the restaurant chain. “Men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom are true heroes,” added Culver.

Participating restaurants are:

My Town: Tulip Time returns to Holland May 3-10

My Town: Tulip Time returns to Holland May 3-10

HOLLAND, Mich.—A Dutch tradition will take over Holland’s streets starting this weekend.

Tulip Time 2014 is May 3-10.  Thousands of people from across the nation are expected to descend on Holland to check out the 6 million tulips on display.  This year’s festival also includes traditional Dutch dancing, parades, the Tulip Time Run, an art and craft fair, quilt show, fireworks, live performances and art classes.  For the entire schedule, visit the Tulip Time festival website here.

My Town: Two honored with chamber of commerce awards

My Town: Two honored with chamber of commerce awards

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  A man who emigrated from Indonesia to open a series of floral shops in West Michigan is the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Award recipient.

Big Goei came to the United States in 1960 and settled in West Michigan.  With hard work and dedication, he built Eastern Floral, which has grown into seven locations involving 60 employees, generating an annual revenue of $5 million.

Goei also created the International Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the Goei Center, which is a business incubator for young, minority and female entrepreneurs.  He also serves as vice chair of Governor Snyder’s Talent Investment Board.

Goei was honored during the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon April 23.  Melissa Fennel, senior strategic sourcing manager at Herman Miller, was also honored with the Outstanding Advocate for Minority-Owned Business award.