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Resolution Run/Walk 5K to start families off to a healthy 2015

The second annual Resolution Run/Walk 5K will be held January 1, 2015 at 11:00 in downtown Traverse City.  Benefitting Traverse Health Clinic, the race offers runners and walkers the opportunity to participate in a healthy event while helping the Clinic provide health care to families in the region.

The Resolution Run will start and end at Little Fleet and follow a course through downtown Traverse City.  Online registration opens November 1 on this website, is $35 and includes a t-shirt if registered before December 22nd at

Will you start 2015 on the right foot January 1?

2014 River’s End Block Party, A Benefit for Traverse Health Clinic. Presented by Today’s Golden-Fowler Home Furnishing.

Saturday, September 27th 1-9pm.

Hosted by:   The Cooks’ House, Little Fleet and Front Street Tattoo

Presented by:  Golden Fowler Home Furnishings


Help our gracious hosts raise money for the Traverse Health Clinic and to support our community while having a great time in the process!   Join us for great music, excellent food, fantastic beer and wine and lots of fun!

WHERE?  We are closing Wellington Street between Front Street and the alley and taking up the whole block!

MUSIC/LINEUP – We will have one stage to accommodate five bands from around the state and country beginning at 2:00!

The lineup includes:

THE LONDON SOULS (New York City) Rock/Soul

BOBBY EMMETT (Nashville, TN) Rock/Soul

DEVIL LOCK (Ypsilanti, MI) A tribute to The Misfits. Punk Rock

FRONKENSTEEN (Cincinnati, OH) Instrumental surf style

SPANISH CHARLES (Ann Arbor, MI) Indie Rock

PIG ROAST/FOOD – Enjoy food prepared by Traverse City’s finest chefs, as The Cooks’ House heads a group of local restaurants by providing a pig roast and more!  Once inside the event, purchase a ticket for the pig roast and be delighted by the area’s best restaurants – 100% will benefit Traverse Health Clinc.  Or, purchase from the food trucks on site, and a portion of those sales will benefit the Clinic.  Either way, there will be plenty of food to keep you singing all afternoon and evening long!

TUG-O-WAR – Watch local businesses compete for bragging rights while raising money for the Traverse Health Clinic!

MOTORCYCLE RIDE – Help start the day with a scenic ride around Old Mission Peninsula from 11:30 – 1pm.  Riders will be pulling up to the event to kick off the party!  A River’s End Run T-shirt will be included in the riders admission.

BEER – NEW HOLLAND BREWERY will be joining us and providing a selection of their best beer!

WINE – BLACK STAR FARMS will provide the finest in local wines for your pleasure!

Admission –

$20 PRE-SALE – Includes 1 beer ticket

$25 DAY OF/DOOR – Includes 1 beer ticket

$30 MOTORCYCLE RIDE – Includes 1 beer ticket and t-shirt (space is limited).  Contact Mike at 231-922-9000 for details on the ride!

Tickets available for purchase online at or in person at Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings, The Cooks’ House, Little Fleet or Front Street Tatoo.

More information can be found at our presenting sponsor’s site by visiting


Traverse City Area Room Blocks for River’s End Block Party 2014!

Cambria Suites, King Suites at $239 per night, Double Queen Suites at $259 per night.  Block is under the name River’s End Block Pary and reservations can be made by calling the Cambria Suites at 231-778-9000.   The Facebook page for the Cambria Suites is

Comfort Inn, Double Queen Rooms at $189 per night.  Block is under the name River’s End Block Party and reservations can be made by calling the Comfort Inn at 231-778-8000.  The Facebook page for the Comfort Inn is

Best Western Four Seasons, Queen Hot Tub Rooms at $199 per night.  Block is under the name River’s End Block Party and reservations can be made by calling the Best Western at 231-778-7000.  The Facebook page for the Best Western Four Seasons is

Reservations must be made by September 10th.

Friday, October 10th, the 5th Annual Bras for a Cause will benefit preventive services at Traverse Health Clinic!

In 2013, a total of $22,000 raised at the event was donated directly to the capital campaign for The Cowell Family Cancer Center, which will be part of Munson Medical Center. This year it is our turn! People often come to the Clinic who have gone for years without any health care and present with advanced stages of cancer. Your support can help us provide more services. You can join in by being a sponsor, making a wild bra, being a model (guys only ladies) or just coming to join the fun! For more information visit

‘Heaven D.E.N.T. 2′ Provides More Smiles!

This past weekend, patients of Traverse Health Clinic received the wonderful gift of a new smile. Heaven D.E.N.T., the second volunteer weekend of its kind, was initiated two years ago by an area dentist who heard that there were a bunch of edentulous patients at Traverse Health Clinic in need of dentures. Determined to provide a solution, Dr. David Swan, D.D.S. enlisted the help of Doug Baker, founder of D.H. Baker Dental Laboratory. Between the two of them, they rallied a number of well-established dental professionals. Swan and Baker’s collaboration culminated in Heaven D.E.N.T. (Delighting the Edentulous with New Teeth) and the first event was held in January 2011.

This past Saturday, Heaven D.E.N.T. 2 provided 19 more patients either full 0r partial dentures – and a new reason to smile. Hosted at Traverse Dental Associates, 8 community dentists including Drs. Ron Chao, Stephen Dewey, Macaire Lumbrezer, Heather Pfefferle, Peter Piche, Dave Swan, Josh VanHorn and Phil Yancho enlisted 17 staff volunteers and came together to meet a great community need. Other collaborators included 9 dental technicians from D.H. Baker Dental Laboratory: Jan Babel, Maureen Hubbell, Terry Lalonde, Colleen LaVack, Matt LaVack, Matt Mrozkowski, Megan Sheets, Beth Webster, Valerie Workman, and 4 dental students. Even the non-dental community helped out: Old Mission Multigrain and Big Apple Bagel provided soup and bread to feed the volunteers and patients.

One of those recipients of a new smile gratefully wrote, “I wish to express my appreciation for essentially turning my life around. I was becoming somewhat reclusive regarding my “smile” and facial features while eating. My teeth have been a problem for some time now making me very self-concious. I was totally thrilled with this opportunity.”

Another wrote, “I want to thank everyone who took their time out of their lives to help me. Thank you guys so much. You changed my life more than you’ll every know.”

Day of Giving – Saturday, December 7, 2013, 11am-5pm

Shop Black Star Farms on Old Mission Peninsula on the Day of Giving to help support Traverse Health Clinic, our local safety net for primary care needs.  On Saturday, December 7th, Black Star Farms on Old Mission will be donating 15% of their gross sales to our Clinic.  Then, funds raised will be matched by WOMP, the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula!   Join them in celebrating the season of giving during tasting room hours or by purchasing online at the winery website and entering the code DOG:


See you there!

Get Tickets for The Cooks’ House 3rd Annual Benefit Pig Roast!

Swine and Shred, a block party to benefit Traverse Health Clinic (Clinic) will be held on Sunday October 6th. This 3rd annual pig roast picnic hosted by The Cook’s House in Traverse City was created out of gratitude and a resolve to give back to the Clinic for help once received. Chef Eric Patterson and Chef Jennifer Blakeslee of The Cooks’ House will roast a pig, which will be accompanied with side dishes donated by Bistro Fou Fou, Georgina’s, Great Lakes Culinary School, La Becasse, Mission Table, Morsels, Sweet Mama’s Kitchen, Towne Plaza and Trattoria Stella.

Date: Sunday, October 6th, 2013
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: The Cook’s House at 115 Wellington St.

The pig roast will feature a variety of foods and cash bar. Entertainment will be by The Reefermen and a skating demonstration by Lifer Skateboard Shop will be held in front of Little Fleet. Inside Little Fleet is silent auction art already on display featuring skateboard decks donated by Front Street Tatoo and hand designed by local and national artists.

TC Roller Derby features the Traverse Health Clinic May 18th

May 18th the TC Roller Derby will feature Traverse Health Clinic as their charity of choice.  Various fundraising activities including a silent auction will benefit the Clinic’s pediatric  services.  The bout takes place at Howe Arena inside the Civic Center and begins at 6pm.  Stop by to say hello to our volunteers and help us bring Kids to Care.

Where:  Black Star Farms on Old Mission

When:   Dec. 8th for the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMPs) Annual Day of Giving when Black Star Farms supports the Clinic with 15% of all sales.

Time:     11 – 5


Enjoy browsing the art and craft bazaar while you enjoy tasting the area’s best wine!


Monday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

After hours care:
(for established patients)

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1719 S. Garfield Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49686
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