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The North Central Michigan College Foundation was the proud recipient of a $65,000 contribution from the Garden Party Foundation and Great Lakes Wine and Spirits.  The check amount is the net earnings of The Garden Party, held on the Petoskey campus on August 14.  The event benefitted scholarships for North Central’s CNC (Computer Numerical Controls) Machining program.

The Garden Party event was initiated by the J. Lewis Cooper Family and Elizabeth and Sydney L. Ross Foundation (owners of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits) eight years ago to benefit trade and occupational programs at southeast Michigan community colleges. Now, in 2016, they added an event in Northern Michigan to benefit North Central.

Pictured here (l to r): Lisa Watson, executive director of the NCMC Foundation; Dr. Cameron Brunet-Koch, president of North Central Michigan College; Lew Cooper, owner of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits; Kevin Glines, director of North Central’s CNC Program; and Irma Noël, chair of the NCMC Foundation Board.

North Central will host The Garden Party again in summer, 2017.  For more information about the Garden Party Foundation, visit

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military-Friendly School®.




For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist