The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency in Traverse City is hosting a FREE Federal & State Income Tax Preparation day just for Veterans on February 15th. Following the tax preparation, they will host a resource hour for Veterans from 3:30 to 4:30pm.
Project Cherry Tree invites you to join them for an exclusive screening of "12 Strong" a Jerry Bruckheimer film based on the New York Times bestseller "Horse Soldiers" written by Doug Stanton. After movie events are available for ticket holders and sponsors.
Our good friends at The Filling Station Microbrewery in Traverse City will be donating a percentage of all Pizza and Beer sales to Project Cherry Tree on Saturday, December 16th. Please join us in supporting our veterans!
On September 21st, 2017, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians granted Project Cherry Tree an additional $15,000 from its Local 2% Funds! This grant again shows their continued support for the ongoing work Project Cherry Tree puts forth in helping northern Michigan veterans. Thank you, Tribal Council! Your funding and overall support are greatly appreciated.
First, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians recently awarded a $27,000 grant to Project Cherry Tree from its Local 2% Funds! The grant demonstrates the continued support for Project Cherry Tree by the Grand Traverse Band. The funds will be used strategically to move this project forward and leverage them for additional resources and support. The funding from the Grand Traverse Band has been critical in launching Project Cherry Tree. Thank you again, Tribal Council!
Second, Project Cherry Tree received its 501(c)3 status as a non-profit organization from the IRS. Project Cherry Tree is currently organizing itself as a policy change advocate for all Veterans! More news to come!
This morning the Project Cherry Tree Board of Directors met with Representative-Elect General Jack Bergman of Michigan's 1st Congressional District. We would like to congratulate General Bergman and look forward to working with him on efforts to establish integrated services for Veterans in northern Michigan.
In the picture from left to right are Dr. Martin Jackier, GT County Administrator Tom Menzel, GT County Planning Director John Sych, Joe Sarafa, General Jack Bergman, Project Cherry Tree Executive Director David Mikowski, GT County Commissioner Bob Johnson, GT Pavilions Executive Director Kory Hansen, Ed Smith, and General Michael Lehnert.
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GOOD MORNING FROM WASHINGTON, DC:
We had a very good meeting with VA officials yesterday. Our main contact, Doug Carmon, assembled more than a dozen VA officials that match the various aspects of Project Cherry Tree. The meeting was held on the 10th floor of the VA building - literally across the hall from Secretary McDonald's office. We will be having follow up discussions with each VA official assigned to each project area.
Today, we will be having a joint meeting with Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters to garner their support and assistance. Later, we will be meeting with representatives of Governor Snyder's Washington, DC office.
GOOD MORNING FROM WASHINGTON, DC:
Today and tomorrow, a Project Cherry Tree delegation from northern Michigan will be visiting with key VA officials, legislators, and lobbyists to gain support, develop strategy, and obtain resources for Project Cherry Tree. Our group of Grand Traverse County officials and Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians officials will start with three meetings today. Our first stop is the US Department of Veterans Affairs where we will meet with the Special Assistant to the Secretary on Public-Private Partnerships, the Director of Community Engagement, and the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. This afternoon we'll meet with a team of lobbyists and attorneys followed by a meeting with US Representative Dan Benishek. We're off to 810 Vermont Avenue...