I helped raise $34,000 to benefit the Veterans Memorial, thanks to Dr. Kellogg’s Flag Day event

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Dr. Thomas Kellogg, who matched funds donated toward the enhancement of the Livingston County Veterans Monument, poses for a photo with Louis VanCuyl, who is heading up the project.

I bought two bricks on Flag Day — one for my dad, who was a Marine, and one for my father-in-law, who served in the Army during World War II — to honor their service and to benefit the fundraising efforts to enhance the Livingston County Veterans Monument.

I waited until Flag Day to buy the bricks because Dr. Thomas Kellogg was having a special match event at his Howell dental office. Those of you who stopped in to make a donation can vouch for the amazing vibe at the event.

So successful was the event that it smashed through its original goal of matching up to $10,000 for the Livingston County Veterans Memorial.

Kellogg had originally pledged to match all donations made at the event — which featured hot dogs, apple pies and Chevrolets — up to a total of $10,000. That amount was raised before the event was half over, so Kellogg upped the match to $20,000.The result was a whopping $17,000-and-counting raised, for a total of $34,000, a wonderful ending to an amazing effort by Dr. Kellogg and his staffers.

Kellogg’s efforts didn’t end at collecting donations. He and his staff also provided veterans complimentary dental exams, cleanings and X-rays.
Bricks still available

Engraved 4-inch by 8-inch paving stones to be installed in the “Ring of Honor” at the Veterans Memorial are still selling for $100 each. The paving stones can be engraved with a maximum of three lines with 12 characters per line.

Checks must be made out to “Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation,” which is serving as the project’s fiduciary. All donations to the project are tax-deductible. For more information, go to howell.org.

Download a brick order form by clicking here.

For more information, contact Pat Convery at the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation at 517.546.3920, or project chairperson Louis VanCuyl at 517.546.5411.

I am looking forward to visiting the Veterans Monument after it’s enhanced to see the bricks I bought on Flag Day for two of the important men in my life. And I am thankful to Dr. Kellogg for doubling my contribution.

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Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. She is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse.