2015 Barbecue projects to share $40,000

TRAVERSE CITY — The NMC Barbecue Board has approved nine projects that will share $40,300 in funds from this year's 60th annual picnic under the pines, set for May 17.

College employees submit proposals for Barbecue funds to support program and equipment needs, contingent on funds raised that day. A subcommittee reviews and recommends proposals to the Barbecue Board, a group of NMC employees and community volunteers led by new president Gary Carlson. This year’s recipients are:

  • NMC traditional pow-wow
  • Multi-parameter water quality sonde
  • Student Success Center workspace
  • Lean Champion flipped classroom equipment
  • College for Kids scholarships
  • Library laptop loan program
  • ROV student design team tether
  • Scholarship Open sponsorship
  • Side scan sonar for Nautical Archaeology

The late Gerald W. Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson’s Food Stores in Traverse City, started the annual fund raiser picnic in 1956. Oleson’s Food Stores continues to donate all the food. About 10,000 people attend every year, raising more than $1.5 million for college programs and equipment over the years.

In addition to the traditional menu of buffalo steakettes or hot dog, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and beverage and ice cream served from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on May 17, free live entertainment is provided throughout the day. Children’s games and activities will also be provided. The Barbecue will once again strive toward zero-waste, with composting and recycling services available.

Tickets for the event are $6 in advance and $8 on Barbecue Day and are available online at nmc.edu/bbq or by contacting the NMC Office of Public Relations & Marketing at (231) 995-1020.

Release date: march 13, 2015

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
(231) 995-1019



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