Published on November 17, 2021

Volunteers’ Annual Koeze Nut Sale & Raffle Tradition Continues

Photo of Volunteers Candy Nehring and Billie Crabtree selling nuts, candy and raffle tickets at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.

Pictured left to right: Volunteers Candy Nehring and Billie Crabtree selling nuts, candy and raffle tickets at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.

Area residents have access to state-of-the-art technology and patient care services at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena thanks in large part to the ongoing fundraising of the Medical Center’s volunteers.

The annual Koeze Nut Sale & Raffle has been one of the group’s most popular and long-standing events as well as the top earner, with all dollars raised used to support ongoing projects. The sale has appealed to donors and shoppers throughout the holiday season for many years and features a variety of specialty candy and nuts sourced primarily from Michigan companies: Grand Rapids based Koeze, established in 1910, and St. Laurent Brothers of Bay City. The raffle features the Koeze Opulent Basket valued at $400.

Koeze nut sale chairperson, Karen Morey, encourages shoppers to purchase in person or welcomes orders placed by phone at (989) 356-8045 for car-side service. Details regarding the ordering process are available on line as are the order forms at www.midmichigan.org/nutsale. Morey encourages shoppers to place orders as early as possible. “We may experience some delay in getting additional inventory as so many supply chains are still impacted by the pandemic,” said Morey. “We want to ensure everyone is able to access all the wonderful items we have curated for this year’s sale when they make their selections.”

The volunteers are passionate about this sale and spend extra hours making sure these sweet and salty treats make it into the hands and homes of community members. The Nut Sale is open now and runs through Dec. 17, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds will support facility upgrades, advanced technology and patient care at the Medical Center. “The dedication of our volunteers has not waivered during these past two years,” Amanda Timm, manager, Volunteer Services added. “I would bet the majority of area residents have repurposed Koeze decanters from Nut Sales past or can recall a family member doing so. Generations of volunteers and community support have ensured that this time-honored tradition has an annual presence as part of the holiday season in Alpena.”