First Farm-to-table Dinner:   A HUGE Success

Old Friends & Newcomers Gather
to Benefit Challenge Mountain

Held the first week of October, the Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner was a perfect autumn evening. The casually intimate 1920s Frog Hollow barn was the ideal backdrop to combine good food and drink pairings with socializing amongst new and old Challenge Mountain friends.

“There are already rumblings about the next event,” shares Challenge Mountain Executive Director Elizabeth Gertz.

“Educating the community at large about the impact Challenge Mountain has on people living with disabilities has been a long-time goal of the Board of Directors and staff,” Gertz explains. “This event was all this and more!”

Just a Few of Many Guest Comments:

“When is the next dinner?”

“I had no idea that Challenge Mountain provided so much amazing programming.”

“Put me on the list for next year!”

The sold-out event was attended by loyal supporters and board members, as well as newcomers to Challenge Mountain. “Though some residents throughout northern Michigan understand the impact of our programming, we recognize that many do not. Hosting events like this helps us to share our story and our funding needs in a social atmosphere,” Gertz adds.

Open to all, the dinner was prepared by local chef Bobby Marzoa (Fresh Coast Catering Co) with paired cocktails and wine from Mike’s Bar Catering. Attendees were greeted with passed hors d’oeuvres prior to four sit-down tasting courses.

Artwork from the Challenge Mountain – Crooked Tree Arts Center collaborative program, Art Speaks, was on display for guests to enjoy. And, pumpkin centerpieces showcased photography of various adaptive recreational programs.

“A special thank you to those who helped in the preparation and execution of this inaugural event. Significantly, a huge thank you is extended to Frog Hollow Owners Debbie and Mike Sears who graciously offered the venue for this intimate dinner,” adds Gertz.

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Challenge Mountain is a non-profit 501c3 organization with Tax ID 38-2563815.

Started in 1984, Challenge Mountain removes barriers and supports social inclusion through adaptive recreation for children, youth and adults living with physical and cognitive disabilities. Activities include adaptive skiing and biking, nature and cultural activities, art programs, equine therapy and numerous other life-enriching programs.


Interested in supporting Challenge Mountain adaptive recreational programming?
DONATE online or call to make a recurring gift (231.582.1186).