Some would say that $16,000 is a heck of a parting gift.
That's the amount that Brookwood subdivision raised for charities during their 21st— and final— Brookwood Make A Difference day Flea Market this past weekend.
The money will be distributed between five charities: the Baldwin Center in Pontiac; the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; Paint a Miracle in Rochester; and The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester.
Including this year's funds, Brookwood has donated a total of $129,000 to charities. But now the Flea Market has come to an end.
“We’ve been saying this year’s Brookwood Make A Difference Day Flea Market would likely be the last unless there were others interested in taking on a leadership role. No one has stepped forward to take the reins, so this year was our final flea market,” said Joanne Marcil, creator and co-chair of Brookwood’s flea market project.
When one door closes...
“We’ve had an amazing 21 years of Brookwood participation in Make A Difference Day,” Marcil said. “It’s been a great run."
Although the flea market has reached its end, the Brookwood subdivision has not given up on making a difference.
“As Alexander Graham Bell said, ‘When one door closes, another opens.’ We’re going to take his words to heart and keep ourselves open to a new format for an annual charity fundraiser event at Brookwood," Marcil said. "Our theme this year was peace, and we truly do feel at peace with our decision to stop doing the flea market.”
Trish Kangas, co-chair of the project extended special thanks to the groups that helped set up and move items:
- Boy Scout Troop 101 based in Rochester Hills
- Rochester Adams High School Key Club
- Rochester High School National Honor Society
- Stoney Creek High School National Honor Society
"We greatly appreciate their hard work and support. It warms our hearts to see how hard these young people work,” Kangas said.