Patio Project

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The 2018-2019 Chamber Leadership Team seeks to build an outdoor space for our senior citizens to enjoy at the Wagoner Center. With this space, we hope to create a place for safe outdoor activities, recreation and gathering while highlighting the natural beauty of our area. 

Our Mission

- Manistee Area 2018 - 2019 Leadership Team

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Leadership Program

The Manistee County Leadership Program is a comprehensive program provided by the Manistee

Area Chamber of Commerce as a forum for current and potential community leaders. The program

has goals of identifying and motivating these identified leaders, acquainting participants with

community needs and problems, while also identifying ways to effect change. This provides participants

with an opportunity to meet other present leaders and learn about their business practices; creating an

ongoing forum for participants to gather and exchange ideas. As part of the curriculum, the Manistee Area

Leadership Class is tasked with completing one community service project.

2018 - 2019 Leadership Team

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Cheryl Hogan Director of the Procurement and Auxiliary Services at West Shore Community College

Jodi Walter Director of Food and Beverage at Little River Casino Resort Taylor White Staff Accountant at Vanderwal, Spratto & Richards, P.C.

Angela Rabb City of Manistee Deputy Finance Director and Deputy Treasurer

Debra Greenacre Executive Director of the Manistee County Library Brandon Prince Department of Public Works Leadman for the City of Manistee


Back Row • Left to Right

Sara Ferguson Filer Credit Union Branch Manager

Sheldon Gilbert O.R. Manager for Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital

Nick Fortier Insurance Agent for Smith & Eddy Insurance, Inc.

Dan Debano Plant Engineering Manager at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital

Ryan Gunnett Automotive Technician Manager/Petroleum Sales for Blarney Castle Oil & Propane

Luke Brechting Electrical Project Engineer at Packaging Corporation of America 

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2018 - 2019 Leadership Class

The 2018-2019 Leadership class was presented with several community projects by local groups and organizations. Sarah Howard, the Executive Director at the Manistee County Council on Aging, and Cheryl Hogan, one of the 2018-2019 Leadership Class members, presented an outdoor space, called the Patio Project, at the new Wagoner Center. The Leadership Class unanimously chose the Manistee County Council on Aging’s project. The team felt the project would be a great way to bring something special and honor the senior population in Manistee County.  It’s also a wonderful way to give back to our Manistee County seniors who have supported our community for years. The current Manistee County Council on Aging building has served local seniors well for over 45 years; it has one large dining room and gathering space, but it’s very limited. There is currently no outdoor space. At the new Wagoner Center, the seniors will have more than adequate indoor space for current and future needs. And with over 13 acres of beautiful property, the outdoor possibilities are endless.   The plan for the new Wagoner Center is to serve the senior population as a devoted Senior Center by day, and a community center to benefit all residents at night and on the weekends. The Leadership Class is excited to bring such a wonderful project to life and create something that will be enjoyed by all  Manistee County residents.   

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Be a part of this exciting project by purchasing an engraved brick paver, making a cash donation, or providing in-kind labor or materials. The engraved pavers will be integrated into the patio design and offer an opportunity to permanently recognize an individual person, family or organization.

Buy your brick or donate today to help the Manistee Area Leadership Program reach their patio project fundraising goal of $75,000.

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Engraved Brick Pavers

Make a lasting memory by purchasing a brick today.

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Other Donation Levels

Any donation over $200 will include an 8” x 8” engraved paver as well as recognition on the Wagoner Center Patio Project donor wall. 

To make a donation in excess of $200 to the Patio Project, please mail your check or donate online.

Mail: Send check to 457 River Street, Manistee MI 49660. Please include Patio Project donation in the memo line.

Online: Click DONATE NOW button on GIVE NOW page. Please include "Patio Project" in the optional reason for donation.

Donations in excess of $200 will receive a brick paver. To specialize your brick paver, or for questions or more information regarding the Patio Project, please call Sarah Howard at 231-723-6477.

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