LUDINGTON, Michigan, April 24, 2018 — Despite the frigid 37-degree water temperatures nearly 100 brave jumpers plunged into Lake Michigan for the 19th Annual Ludington Lake Jump which took place at Stearns Park Beach on April 21st. This year, along with record crowds, the event raised $85,390 for the Lakeshore Food Club, which opened its doors in October of 2017.
Participants of all ages arrived in costumes, swimsuits, snow pants, team shirts and more, ready to jump into Lake Michigan for a great cause. WMOM 102.7 FM was broadcasting live from the shoreline, Red Rooster Coffee was offering complimentary coffee in the registration tent and LakeFX Media generously donated their time capturing the event on video.
“The show of support from the community is overwhelming. Generous support from corporate sponsors, jumpers, and those who contributed pledges will help us keep up with the high demand of serving families in Mason County” - Sarah McMahon, Director of the Lakeshore Food Club.
Each year, the coveted Team Challenge Trophy is presented to the team that raises the most for charity, giving them bragging rights for the rest of 2018. The numbers are in and this year's winning team is Western Land Services raising over $12,000 for the Food Club! The Community Foundation for Mason County Youth Advisory Council will receive pizza and breadsticks from Spanky’s Pizza in addition to a certificate of appreciation for raising the most in the youth team category. Father Mick Shriver will receive an overnight stay at Little River Casino Resort for raising the most pledges as an individual. Alex Sutter received the most pledges in the youth division and will be presented with a certificate of appreciation and a box lunch courtesy of Jimmy John’s.
The Ludington Lake Jump has raised more than $519,000 for local charities since it began in 2000. Lakeshore Food Club was grateful to be chosen as the 2018 recipient. A huge thanks goes out to the Lake Jump Committee and the entire community for its support!
The 2018 Lake Jump was generously sponsored by All Seasons Porta-Jons, FloraCraft®, Harbor Front Family Chiropractors LLC, Hobby Crest Resort, Jimmy Johns, Lakeshore Orthodontics, Lenz-Balder Insurance, Little River Casino Resort, Mission Graphics, Oakview Medical Care Facility, Preferred Credit Union, Red Rooster Coffee & Community, Riemer Eye Center, Robert Alderink Graphic Design, 2nd Shift Graphic's and Tee's, LLC, Superior Electric of Ludington, Statewide Party Rentals, SyncWave LLC, WMOM 102.7 FM, West Shore Eye Care/Shadz Sunglass Shop, Western Land Services, West Shore Bank, Lake FX Media, Frontier Communications, Carlos Alvarado Law, Spanky’s Pizza, Nautical Yarn, Emanuel Lutheran Church, Grace Episcopal Church, Raymond A. Biggs and Kristen M. Biggs Fund of the Community Foundation for Mason County.
About Lakeshore Food Club
The aim of the Lakeshore Food Club is to provide stability and support to our members while fostering dignity and respect through the promotion of personal choice and habits of self-sufficiency. Since opening its doors in October of 2017 the Lakeshore Food Club has served more than 1,000 Mason County households through a convenient, grocery store-style food pantry.
The Lakeshore Food Club is essentially a grocery store run on the commitment of dedicated volunteers and the generosity of its amazing donors. As they help families meet their basic needs, they rely on continuing support to keep the shelves stocked and the store staffed.