NMC to host virtual Barbecue May 15-30

TRAVERSE CITY — For 64 years, community members, alumni and employees have gathered on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College every spring to celebrate and support the college at the NMC Barbecue.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NMC will hold the 2020 event as a “Virtual Barbecue” with a full slate of activities and programs usually offered at the on-campus event.

Virtual visitors will find numerous activities, including:

  • Puzzles and activities to download
  • The Dennos Museum’s first-ever virtual gallery show
  • Performances from NMC music ensembles
  • Special barbecue recipes
  • Opportunities to show NMC pride via social media and email.

The NMC Barbecue, started in 1956 by Gerald Oleson and his wife Frances, the founders of Oleson’s Food Stores, has played an important role in the life of Northwestern Michigan College. It has raised more than $1.5 million s over the years, supporting nearly every program at the college and generations of students. 

Proceeds from each year’s event go to support college programs. Virtual visitors will have the opportunity to make an online donation. Funds raised will support student needs, which have increased due to the pandemic and subsequent economic fallout.

The 2020 NMC Virtual Barbecue will run through May 30.

Release date: May 15, 2020

For more information:

Rebecca Teahen
Executive Director, NMC Foundation
(231) 995-1855


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