MC4T to focus 2017 clean-up efforts in Roscommon

Clean-up events planned for the Ralph A. MacMullan Center and Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

ROSCOMMON – The Michigan tourism industry is once again coming together to support and breathe life into Michigan’s historic sites through a volunteer clean-up effort, Michigan Cares for Tourism. An anticipated 200 industry members will join forces Sept. 18-19, 2017 to learn about the area and tackle a number of projects at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum in Roscommon.

“Each year the Michigan Cares for Tourism clean-up events are met with eagerness and enthusiasm by Michigan’s tourism industry. Industry members are excited for the opportunity to learn about different areas of our great state, network, and give back,” commented Patty Janes, Michigan Cares for Tourism Volunteer Event Director. “We’re excited to share with the industry what we’ve started to learn about the Roscommon area, and to make a difference restoring these pieces of Michigan’s history.”

Tourism industry members will arrive in the Roscommon area on Monday, Sept. 18, and have the opportunity to explore the area on one of four different familiarization tours before coming together at the Michigan Fireman’s Memorial Big Red Barn for an opening reception. On Tuesday, the group will roll up their sleeves and take on several types of projects from sanding and painting to building accessible paths, assembling picnic tables, bike racks, garbage cans, and more!

Established in 1941, the RAM Center began as the Conservation Training School built by the CCC. Today, the conference center continues its 75-year legacy of conservation education and offers one of the most distinctive meeting experiences in Michigan’s northern woods. The CCC Museum tells the story of the CCC in Michigan, and its role in providing work to young men during the Great Depression.

Other locations Michigan’s tourism industry professionals volunteered at include the Felt Estate near Saugatuck, Fayette Historic Townsite in the Upper Peninsula, Sturgeon Point Lighthouse near Alpena, Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, and the Waterloo Recreation Area’s Historic Mill Lake Outdoor Center in Chelsea. Contributing more than $400,000 in supplies and labor savings to these locations, Michigan Cares for Tourism has raised monies from over 300 organizations. In addition, a utility trailer full of tools and supplies, generously donated by The General Agency Insurance Company and McCann Erickson Detroit that volunteers use at each location makes it easier to accomplish more at every site.

Chartered by Grand Valley State University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Department, Michigan DNR, Travel Michigan, Tourism Cares, DRIVEN, and Indian Trails, Michigan Cares for Tourism coordinates vital clean up events at treasured Michigan tourism locations each year in need of revitalization. Michigan Cares for Tourism is a 100 percent volunteer, 100 percent give back organization with all proceeds solely designed to contribute to the clean-up of Michigan’s historic attractions.

For additional information about Michigan Cares for Tourism visit www.MichiganCaresforTourism.com or icare@michigancaresfortourism.com.

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