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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 2/6/2020

SPY’s Wild Game Dinner A Rousing Success!

The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (the SPY’s) 25th annual Wild Game Dinner / Sportsman’s Night event was a great success!

The Willow Wood Golf Club banquet room was once again packed to capacity for this sold-out extravaganza. There were a number of new faces in the crowd this year, giving testimony to the increasing popularity of this affair.

Event Chairman Pete Weller did an outstanding job in heading things up.  Pete has worked tirelessly for months in preparation for the big night.  There were many, many, many door prizes and other fantastic “white ticket” prizes to be won throughout the night---not to mention the BBQ banquet catered by Smoke N’ Pig---and the sumptuous alligator shipped up from Florida and prepared by Aaron and Nikki from Terry’s Woodbury Café.

It was a fantastic night!  We will be passing along more winners and highlights in upcoming Newsletters.

First off, Pete would like to thank all of the helpers that assisted him in this year’s event:

Matt Grosshans

Steve Grosshans

Jeff Gibbs

Betsy Gibbs

Darrin Weller

Elijah Weller

Ashton Weller

Gracie Grosshans

Dave Newman

Craig Cappon

Trent Cappon

Mandy Grosshans

Christina Grosshans

Wayne Simmons

Deb Hughes

Quinn Hoffman

Sarah Howes

Your time and efforts are truly appreciated!  We are truly blessed to have people like these so willing to serve to help the kids and our community.  THANK YOU!

Mark Norris Honored

Our Chairman Pete Weller started a new tradition at last year’s dinner, first by acknowledging military veterans in attendance, thanking them for their service, and presenting the oldest veteran present an American flag.  This year’s recipient was Mark Norris, (pictured above), receiving his flag that has flown over the Capital, from Angela Witwer, Michigan 71st. District House of Representatives member.

Wade Almie Special Prize Winner

Pictured, (center) is Wade Almie, special drawing winner of a hand crafted Bowie knife made of Damascus steel presented by Taurin Franklin (left) and Bon Jasso (right) representing Sabersmith, Inc.

The Sabersmith folks are members of the SPY’s Corporate Sponsor program.  To learn more about Sabersmith and the unique products the manufacture we invite you to visit their website at

Our Texas Hold ‘Em Event Needs Volunteers!

Our first Texas Hold ‘Em event the SPY’s are scheduled to work in 2020 will take place from Sunday, March 1st.; Monday, March  2nd. and Tuesday, March 3rd..  The event will run from 2 PM until 2 AM each day.  Our Texas Hold ‘Em chairperson Wendel Peabody is working on putting together the worker schedule and is looking for volunteers.  Wendel has broken up the days into shifts and needs helpers to cover either an early shift or a late shift, (or both for that matter).  Here’s an idea---invite a friend to come work with you and we’ll show them the ropes.  Anyone out there that would like to help out on this important fund-raiser is encouraged to please check it out!

Call Wendel Peabody at 517-449-6018

If you have never worked a Texas Hold ‘Em event there absolutely is nothing to fear.  It is easy, simple tasks that are involved. We are not “The House”, so we don’t deal cards, or gamble in any way against the players.  The players compete against each other.  The work we do simply amounts to selling and redeeming chips for the players at one end of the room.  Once every hour someone goes out to the dealers and gets some chips from the dealers that is called “the rake”.  That is all there is to it

If you haven’t worked a Texas Hold ‘Em before and would like to give it a try we will put you with an experienced veteran so, as I said, there is nothing to fear

Not to mention, this has been a significant fund-raiser for our many youth and community programs over the years, which makes it well worth your time.

Looking Ahead

· The next meeting of the Sunfield Area SPY’s will be held this coming Tuesday, February 11th. at the Sunfield Library meeting room starting at 7 PM.  Guests are always welcome!

· The SPY’s 37th. annual Euchre Night (AKA “The Showdown on Main Street”) takes place on Saturday, March 14th, at the Community Rooms in downtown Sunfield.

The doors open at 6 PM---cards fly at 7 PM---the cost is $5 per person---please bring a munchie of sorts to share---much fun and exceptional glory is possible.  If interested in attending, please contact either, Casey or Beth Shettler (517-231-2192) and let them know for planning purposes.

Further Information

If you are looking for further information about the SPY’s---events---scholarship forms---youth sports reimbursement forms---past SPY newsletters---etc.---just go to the SPY website at

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