Dress down to help out

21-year tradition raises thousands for local charities


MIO — Over the last 21 years certain departments of the Oscoda County government have raised more than $12,000 for local charities as part of their Dress Down fundraiser.

Since 1997 the treasurer’s office, clerk’s office, register of deeds and equalization department have been participating in the fundraiser. It gives employees the option of wearing more casual clothing in exchange for a donation to the office pool. At the end of the year those who donated vote on the charities they would like to see the money go to. The top three charities get a chunk of the money raised.

County Clerk Jeri Winton said this is a longstanding fundraiser that creates a positive impact on the county.

“It’s a good thing to do for the community,” Winton said. “I think it’s wonderful the departments are open to donating to these organizations.”

This year the group raised more than $450. The money will be donated to four groups this year as there was a tie. His Love Family Resources, North Michigan Children’s Assessment Center, Lydia’s Gate and the Friends of the Steiner Museum were the groups chosen. Two of the groups were given approximately $150. The two groups that tied received approximately $80.

Winton said in some special circumstances the money has not always gone to a charity. She said some years, like in 2015, the departments have voted to give the money directly to a local family in need.

At more than $2,100, the group that has received the most money through the program to date is His Love Family Resources. River House shelter and local hospice care are the second and third most donated to, with roughly $1,900 and $1,600 respectively.


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