Pure Gold event honors ‘amazing things’ done by youth

HOUGHTON – Supporters of the Keweenaw Community Foundation came out Wednesday night at Michigan Technological University’s Memorial Union Building for the KCF’s annual Pure Gold event for 2013.

The theme this year was “Amazing Things,” which aims to celebrate the good and memorable things done by the KCF Youth Advisory Council.

The evening began with a speech by KCF Board of Trustees Chair Brent Peterson, who thanked everyone for coming and gave an introduction to the rest of the night.

“Tonight you’re going to meet some amazing young people in our community,” Peterson said. “That’s going to be the focus of the evening. I think you’ll agree that they’re outstanding.”

Keynote Speaker Les Cook, who is the vice president of student affairs at Tech, gave a speech about the importance of having youth in the community who are invested in making a difference in the lives of others.

Among the youth at the fundraiser were the KCF Advisory Council members Rachel Chard, Vladi Kotov and Erica LeClaire.

According to LeClaire YAC focuses on granting money as well as service projects throughout the year.

“I wanted to make a difference in my community by helping the local youth,” LeClaire said in a speech given to the full room.

CCISD-Health Occupation Student of America member Maddy Stimac and Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative members Sam Richards and Carl Kangas were also present.

The Herman Gundlach Award was also given to Joe Kirkish for being instrumental in the community.

“I have to tell you that I do feel honored by this, because what I do, and what I’ll continue to do, is give back to the community in which I was born,” Kirkish said in his acceptance speech.

At the end of the evening an auction was held with various high ticket items, including two tickets a Michigan Wolverines football game in Ann Arbor, a private dining experience for up to 10 people at the Miscowaubik Club and the opportunity to be a co-driver with FY racer Adam Yeoman on a practice rally course. The auction items alone raised over $3,000.

Executive Director of the KCF Barb Rose said the night in total brought in about $18,000, which includes the price of the ticket of the 143 people who were in attendance.

At the end of the night, Rose said the event went very well.

“I loved it,” she said. “This helps support the Keweenaw Community Foundation.”

Rose wanted to say that she thinks all the people who came out to the event are wonderful.

“This community is so caring,” Rose said. “They want to help and they do so much for so many.”