Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Northern Michigan’s WKLT “Omelette & Friends” Show & Grand Traverse Corrections Department Raise $7600+ for Kohler Family

In a matter of hours on Sunday, June 8 – Omelette & Friends and other on air personalities from WKLT radio (the Ball Busters) and the Grand Traverse Corrections Department raised $7624 to help a local family struggling with a major medical issue by hosting a charity softball game and silent auction at Interlochen Field of Dreams.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Kohler, a student at St. Mary’s School in Leelanau, was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The funds raised will be used to help the Suttons Bay family with transportation, food and hotel expenses during his testing and treatment at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

“We want to say thank you to everyone who was involved with last night,” said Amanda Kohler, Christopher’s mother. “I can only imagine all the work that went into pulling this together and all the donations and everyone who came to help. We greatly appreciate all of the support and help. It was really nice seeing Christopher having fun I know he enjoyed it too.”

“All I can say is Thank You to everyone who attended,” said John McPeake who organized the event for the Kohler family. “Everyone I ran in to had smiles and were in great spirits. Things couldn't have went better. Thank You to KLT and the Ball Busters – your participation put this event over the top. I believe the final count for donations in the silent auction was around 140 items. This just shows what a great community we live in.”

The day’s activities include an appearance by the Grand Traverse County Color Guard and the National Anthem being sung by Autum Rhoades. The game, which began with TC Resident and 2008 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Dallas Drake slap-shooting out the first ball to Christopher, ended in a 10-8 victory for the Ball Busters – according to KLT’s Omelette & Friends Show Facebook page.

Those interested in making donations to help the Kohler family with additional expenses related to Christopher’s care, can do so at:

Amanda Kohler
County Corrections
320 Washington St
Traverse City 49684

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