A Day Of Remembrance
Tue, 09/14/2021 - 2:12pm caleb
Friends of Frederic Sharon Priebe Golf Outing honors former county commissioner and features 9/11 ceremony
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
A September 11 golf outing organized by the Friends of Frederic – a local charitable group – helped raise thousands of dollars to go toward a planned improvement project near the Frederic Township Hall, and the event also included a ceremony of remembrance on the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America.
The Sharon Priebe Annual Golf Outing, established this year, raised more than $8,000 on Saturday, according to organizers. More than 90 golfers competed in the 18-hole scramble event, held at the Grayling Country Club. Sponsorships, an auction, mulligans, and a 50/50 raffle helped with the fundraising.
Priebe, a member of the Crawford County Board of Commissioners, was one of the organizers for the event before she passed away in August, and the Friends of Frederic named the first-year golf outing in her honor. The event featured a long drive contest on hole #12 called “Sharon’s Long Shot.”
Shelly Pinkelman, of Friends of Frederic, said the event received “tons” of donated items for the auction, a lot of sponsorships, and had a “great working crew” to help organize and run the golf outing.
“I think this is going smashing, actually,” Pinkelman said.
Friends of Frederic plans to use the money raised to help with a project to build a pavilion/stage and a kids’ splash pad at the Frederic Township Hall, organizers said.
Frederic Fire Department representatives welcomed golf outing participants, conducted a flag-lowering ceremony, and led a moment of silence on Saturday morning.
“We pause today across our country and across the world to remember the thousands who lost their lives in the World Trade Center and for the men and women who went running bravely into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to rescue those who were still alive. For us as a fire department it’s very, very emotional. We never forget the 343,” fire department officials said. “On this day it is recognized that the American flag is to be flown at half staff. We ask that Americans observe the moment of silence and to make this day a day of service, a day of remembrance, a day that we will never forget.”
Daire Rendon, Michigan District 103 State Representative, also spoke during the event.
“This is always a somber occasion and this year at the 20th anniversary of 9/11 I think we all look back at that date 20 years ago and each one of us here, I dare say, remembers exactly where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news, and as the day unfolded and we recognized that the world we lived in would never be the same,” Rep. Rendon said. “We were also struck by the courage of the American people and the first responders who stood up and put their own lives in danger to help so many others. These memories will stay with us forever and they should stay with us forever. We should never, ever forget a day like this, a day that changed America.”