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Fundraiser Events: Gateway AffairFall Wilderness Ride ~ Middle 'O Mitt Triathlon


7th Annual GATEWAY AFFAIR: September 19th 2015, 5:00 pm at Jay's Sporting Goods --
This event is always a great way to support parks and recreation in Clare County while having a wonderful meal, enjoying entertainment and listening to special speakers. 

TICKETS: $50 / person; includes raffle entry

Get your Tickets Online Here:

Contact Don Kolander or any Board Member for Tickets.

Download the 2014 Gateway Affair Press Release  (PDF file)
This year's banquet featured live auction, dinner, 50/50 drawing, door prizes, and entertainment.
Thank you to all the generous people who contributed during this event. All Proceeds went to benefit CCP&RC initiatives.

On behalf of Friends of Clare Parks and Recreation we would like to take this opportunity to "Thank You" for attending the 6th Annual Gateway Affair at Jay's Sporting Goods on May 17, 2014. Your continued support of this event will aid recreational opportunities throughout Clare County. It is our hope that this years "Affair" enhanced your awareness of "Friends" objectives as well as developments on the trail extension and grant program. Your continued support insures improved facilities and programs for all residents and visitors to Clare County
Park and recreation events, programs and facilities will improve community health and well being and also will support economic development and quality of life. These activities promote much needed tourism to the area. A special "Thank You" goes out to the businesses for their generosity in our Gateway Affair auction.
We would be happy to have you in attendance at our regular meetings held the 4th Tuesday of every month at Jay's Sporting Goods, Clare at 6pm. All upcoming events, meetings and happenings can be found on the Events page of our website.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS (click to read the list...)



The 6th Annual “A Gateway Affair” Recognition List!
A Grand Thank You for making this a Grand Event!
This year's event netted $3430 to benefit CCP&RC.
A Special Thank You to All Who Support Recreation in Clare County!
A List, In No Special Order, of All Who Supported our May 17, 2014 Event!

Bonham Insurance Agency, Harrison Great Lake Loons, Dow Diamond Reinkes's Hearth of Home, Harrison
Dagwood's Auto Repair, Clare Mike's Landscaping, Clare Evening Post Bar & Grill, Clare
G & J Auto Clinic, Harrison McDonald's Restaurant, Harrison Nitro Computers, Harrison
Clare County Review Dreyer & Hovey Attorneys McAndrew's Photography
Mike Sincic, Artist Mid-Michigan Community College Jim's Body Shop, Clare
Ruckles’ Pier, Clare Guys & Dolls Photography, Clare Clare Chamber of Commerce
Snowsnake Ski&Golf Day’s Inn/ Clare Clare Party Store
Harrison Do It Center Big Boy Restaurant/ Clare Walraven’s Market, Harrison
Doherty Hotel, Clare Clare Health and Fitness Ray’s Bike Shop, Clare & Midland
Clare County Cleaver Elm Creek Landscaping, Farwell J.T. Bakers, Clare
McGuire’s Chevrolet, Clare Hershberger PRO Hardware, Clare Witbeck’s, Clare
Cops & Doughnuts, Clare Beer Distributors, Grand Rapids Muy Rachero
Ideal Theater, Clare Campbell Printing  
Ponderosa Restaurant, Clare Herrick House Gifts, Clare Individual Contributors:
Maxwell's Flowers, Clare Hick’s Jewelers of Clare Jeff Poet
Eagle Glen Golf, Farwell Evergreen Therapy, Clare Jay's Sporting Goods, Clare
Conlay’s Powerwashing, Farwell Momma Cilli’s Pizza, Harrison Jay’s Employees
MacLean Pharmacy, Harrison Georgio’s Pizza Fred DeBoer
Mid MI Regional Medical Center/ Clare Family Video, Harrison Detroit Tigers
Dairy Phil Ice Cream & Restaurant, Clare Country Flowers of Harrison Gerald Schmiedicke
Apple Tree Lane   Pam Schmiedicke
Tamaracks Golf Course, Harrison Monte’s Restaurant, Harrison Isabella Bank & Trust
Fabiano Brothers Steve’s Country Market, Harrison Don Kolander
Sav-A-Lot Food Store, Harrison S & R Diner Veronica Romanov
Curves of Clare Her Place, Clare Dave Kile, Kyle's Mfg
Mancino’s, Clare Jay's Sporting Goods, Clare Pro-Tech Cabling Systems
Buccilli’s Pizza, Clare & Farwell Family Farm & Home, Clare All Attendees at 5th Annual "A Gateway Affair"
Seiter Brothers Lumber, Clare Kyle Manufacturing, Farwell  
Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Clare Subway of Clare & Harrison  
Pro-Tech Cable Systems, Clare Little Caesar’s Pizza of Clare  


    • NORTH FACE BACKPACK -- $300 Value Gateway Affair Prize: Backpack
    • WEBER TAILGATE GRILL -- $200 Value Gateway Affair Prize: Weber Grill
    • $100 JAY'S GIFT CERTIFICATE Jay's Sporting Goods


Click to view the lists:
Live Auction Items ~ Silent Auction Items

Over 50 items to bid on!



  • October 3, 2015
    Pere Marquette Autumn Bike Ride" on the Clare/Osceola County Section of the Pere Marquette Rails-to-Trails Clare to Evart along the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, Friends of Clare County Parks & Recreation.
    The Clare County Bike Group participates in and helps to sponsor this event.

    Watch this space for more details in a Flyer and Registration form.

    The ride acquaints riders and communities with the value of “pedal tourism” and color tour along the PMRT. The autumn bike ride enabled participants to visit Clare, Farwell, lake station and Evart. The ride concludes at the depot in Evart, a distance of 25 miles. (50 miles round trip).


Clare Co. Triathlon & Youth Triathlon: Middle 'O Mitten Triathlon Event June 20, 2015


Managed by Tri To Finish, and Sponsored by Friends of Clare Co. Parks & Recreation, Jays Sporting Goods, Mid Michigan Health, Cops & Doughnuts, Isabella Bank, Ray's Bike Shop in Clare,  and others. Read the full list of the Event Sponsors.
Jay's Sporting Goods Mid Michigan Health


2015 Results:
Olympic Results ~ Sprint Results ~ Duathlon Results
Youth Results

Start Time: 8:00 am
This is one of the largest recreational events in mid-Michigan, a tourist attraction, and it is a great way to showcase local businesses while helping promote our community.

Race begins and ends at Wilson State Park in Harrison, and consists of Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons, a sprint distance duathlon, as well as a youth distance triathlon.

As this is a sanctioned USAT event, ALL participants MUST have a valid USAT Membership card that MUST be presented at registration (or packet pickup if number wasn’t entered during online registration). Annual and One Day USAT Memberships are available for purchase on-site.

For all the current event information & Results go to:


Jays Sporting Goods Cops & Doughnuts
Isabella Bank & Trust Ray's Bike Shop of Clare
MidMichigan Medical Center Kyle Manufacturing
Bonham Insurance Colonville Amish Store
The City of Harrison Walravens Market
Snow Snake McDonalds of Harrison
Coke Pepsi
MMCC Clare Print and Pulp
Steve's Country Market

Friends of Clare Co. Parks & Recreation


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