Seven projects to share $41,700 in Barbecue funds

TRAVERSE CITY — The NMC Barbecue Board has approved seven projects that will share funds from the 61st annual NMC Barbecue, set for May 22.

College employees submit project proposals for program and equipment needs. A subcommittee reviews the proposals and makes recommendations to the Barbecue Board, a group of NMC employees and community volunteers. This year, $41,720 will support:

  • G1000 basic Aviation training device (BATD)
  • Apartment and daycare center playground equipment
  • Surgical Technology program equipment and library resources
  • Dennos Museum art banner project
  • NMC Scholarship Open sponsorship
  • NMC Observatory telescope drive replacement and upgrade
  • Shipwreck research in Northport Harbor for Nautical Archaeology students

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. Several thousand people attend every year, raising more than $1.8 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 22, free live entertainment is provided throughout the day. Classroom displays and program exhibits offer the public a chance to see what's going on at NMC. 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 or by contacting the NMC Office of Public Relations & Marketing at (231) 995-1020.

Release Date: March 7, 2016

For more information:

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



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