Friday, December 24, 2010

1945 Benefit Party

In 1945, a benefit party was given in order to put together gifts for the servicemen fighting in Europe during World War II. The following article was published in The Fowlerville Review:

Benefit Party For Servicemen ~~ Community Service Club Expects to Mail Out 400 Christmas Boxes ~~ The Fowlerville Commercial Club will again sponsor a Servicemen's Benefit Party on Thursday, September 20, at the Sidell Warehouse.

Last year's event was a great success, and the community at large seemed to appreciate an opportunity to contribute towards the Christmas boxes for servicemen, and at the same time enjoy an evening's entertainment.

According to the officers of the community service club, which is composed of representatives of every club and organization in the community, a group of ladies has already packed over 100 boxes for shipment overseas, and it is believed that in order to remember every boy and girl in service from this community, it will require about 400 boxes.

The funds raised at the benefit party last year were sufficient to defray the expenses, and it is believed that even though there will be more boxes this year, enough tickets will be sold to raise the necessary funds.

Tickets are on sale at most of the business places in town and by several organizations in this community.

Everyone is invited to come, enjoy the evening, and perhaps receive a fine award. The committee promises some exceptionally useful awards.

The Commercial Club members were very active in the community for quite a few years, with John Vogt (furniture salesman and undertaker) the first president of the group. In 1947, the Fowlerville Rotary Club was chartered and these two clubs worked side-by-side on many projects.

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