Karl Richter Center
920 Baird Street
Holly, MI 48442

Tuesday at 10am

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Karen Gietzen-Stewart

Vice Chairperson
LaChelle Lemmons

Brian LeMessurier
Nancy Humphreys
Linda Blair
Amy Aleo
Aimee Schwartz
Sara McDowell




Holly Community Partners updated 1-11-23

Blessings in a Backpack Holly was started in November 2014 for the children attending Holly Area Schools. The program is now in the process of sending backpacks of food home every weekend at all four of the Elementary Schools  in the Holly Area School District. This program is a community-based program and is run completely by volunteers to improve the quality of life for over 1,500 “hunger-insecure” children in the Holly area.

Fundraising is on-going to continue and expand the program to all the children in our community that are hungry on the weekends.  $140 provides food for one child every weekend throughout the school year. Thanks to our generous family, friends, neighbors, and community partners, this year we have been able to offer the program to all our elementary schools.

We are now providing food to over 350 children each weekend and must raise over $50,000 each year to allow us to keep offering this critical program.

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Bowling for Backpacks

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Join us for another fun afternoon bowling to raise funds for the Blessings in a Backpack-Holly program.  This is our eight annual event and we welcome bowlers of all ages and experience.  Form you team with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or fellow students.  If you do not have enough for a team we will pair you with others who want to join us for the afternoon.

The afternoon includes two-hours of bowling, shoes, pizza and soda.  We will also be having a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and basket raffle.  Get your tickets early as this event sells out every year.  For Tickets contact Karen at kgietzenstewart@ gmail.com or purchase them online by clicking here.

There are also opportunities to sponsor a lane by selecting Gold, Silver or Bronze Lane Sponsorships. Full details are provided on the Opportunity Page.


Click here for Event Flyer

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CornHole Tournament

Friday, April 28, 2023

We had such a good time last year at our first CornHole Tournament that we are repeating the event for 2023.  There will be two categories of play; Completive for prize money and Recreational for the fun of the event and to support Blessings in a Backpack-Holly. Registration for your two-member team will be open in early March.


7th Annual Golfing FORE! Backpacks

September 16, 2023

Fenton Farms Golf Club was a wonderful host to our event last fall and everyone indicated they enjoyed this new venue for the event so we are returning to Farms Golf Club for our annual golf event for 2023. The format again will be a scramble.  Save the date and start thinking of who will round out your foursome.  Check back for the event flyer for team reservations and sponsorship opportunities in the coming months.


Trivia Night

October 2023

Plans are underway again for a fun filled evening of Trivia.  The Holly Vault has been the site of this event in the past.  Check back this summer for further information and date.  Start thinking of who you would like to have on your team based upon this year’s theme for the event.

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‘Bowling for Backpacks’ – held each March at Holly Lanes

‘Golfing Fore Backpacks’ –this golf scramble is our largest fundraising event and is very critical to our success!

Trivia Night – typically held each Fall

Additional events are being planned, watch for updates and more event details!

More volunteers and community partners are needed to expand and maintain this program in Holly. To learn more or become involved read more…