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Service League scholarships benefit from give-back

Arlene Feinberg with Angela Reichert and Beverly Harvey
Arlene Feinberg with Angela Reichert and Beverly Harvey with Rick Ott, Roger Harvey and Arnie Feinberg

The New Buffalo Service League and the New Buffalo High School graduating scholarship recipients were the beneficiary of the February give-back dinner hosted by the Bentwood Tavern in the Marina Grand Resort.

The dinner was well attended by community members, League members and members of the New Buffalo Area Schools staff, all of whom came out to support the local scholarships and enjoy a night of fine dining on the waterfront in the Bentwood Tavern.

The New Buffalo Service League is an established, not-for-profit organization that is very active in the community. In addition to aiding community families and residents during the year, the organization also awards annual scholarships to NBHS graduates. Each year, one senior is honored with a $1,500 scholarship in memory of 1960 NBHS Valedictorian Mary Anne Frey, who passed away in a car accident just days before graduation. Six additional seniors are typically awarded $1,000 scholarships. The actual number of scholarships awarded is determined each year by the success of the organization’s annual fundraising efforts. The majority of the scholarship funds are raised through the annual fall Arts and Craft Fair; however, this year, revenue received from the give-back dinner will benefit two additional graduates.

Once a month throughout the winter, Bentwood Tavern hosts a give-back dinner for one area non-for-profit, when the restaurant gives back 50 percent of all food and beverage revenue from the one designated evening. The full menu of artisan comfort cuisine, which is crafted by chefs Jenny Drilon and Alberto Ilescas, is available for dining, and the bar is always open for cocktails and mingling with friends.

The March dinner will be held Wednesday, March 22, and will benefit the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra.

Managing Director Robert Kemper and his wife Collette started the give-back program in 2008 to help raise funds for a local school student trip to Washington, D.C. To-date, the Marina Grand Resort/Bentwood Tavern has donated over $90,000 through this program to more than 46 non-profit organizations and community initiatives throughout Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana.

Reservations are always suggested. Please visit www.marinagrandresort.com or call 269-469-9900. The Bentwood Tavern is located in the Marina Grand Resort at 600 West Water Street in New Buffalo.

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Linda Henderson
Correspondent Linda Henderson, AKA Lois Lane, has been passionate about staying on top of late breaking news, ongoing municipal projects and local social events for the past eighteen years. Prior to joining New Buffalo Times, she was a Realtor in Bucktown and Lincoln Park in Chicago, Il. She says, “Waking up and seeing the beauty of Lake Michigan everyday keeps me going, along with my labradoodle and sidekick, Scruffy.”