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Char-Em United Way

Toast 2018



Char-Em United Way's fifth annual Toast to Literacy fundraising event is a Mardi Gras Party! Plan to join us on February 10, 2018 at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. The event will again focus on delightful libations from local breweries and vineyards as well as a delicious food competition by select caterers.  Toast to Literacy will take place in the lower level of Castle Farms from 7 to 10pm and will feature wine/beer/mead tastings, food, a silent auction, and live music.  All proceeds will benefit the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL), a literacy initiative sponsored by Char-Em United Way. The Imagination Library provides free books to children from birth to age five in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

Mardi Gras themed clothing is encouraged, but not required.

Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased HERE, or will be available at the door for $35. per person.









A big thank you to the following restaurants and caterers for donating all the food for the Toast!


Thank you to our generous 2018 sponsors!

Corporate Sponsors


Community Business Sponsors



Small Business Sponsors




Exclusive Media Sponsor

Preview of the Silent Auction

We have a wide variety of items that will be up for bid during the silent auction. Here is just a sample of some of the fun things you can expect...


Boyer Glassworks Pumpkin    Sturgeon River Bread Baker   Dunworkin Gift Collection


Orginal Artwork by Local Artist Jan Glass

Prints by Tricia Witty

Stays at  Emerald Isle Hotelon Beaver Island, Hotel Walloon in Boyne City, Odawa Casino Resort, Weathervane Inn in Petoskey, and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

Golf Packages at Boyne Resorts and Belvedere

Fun for the kids at Avalanche Bay Water Park and Camp McSauba

Chocolate Trays from Kilwins and Dozens of Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies

Private Bird Watching Tours with Darrell Lawson

Autographed photos from the Red Wings

Mushroom House Tours with Edith Pair

Jewelery from J. Phillips, Reusch Jewelers, Belle Aquatic, Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls

Enjoy a SHOW at the Brand New Great Lakes Center for the Arts or a CONCERT at Blissfest

Chat with authors at the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

And Giftcards and Great Merchandise from these Generous Shops and Restaurants

Mitchell St. Frameworks Journey North Charlevoix Harbor Wear
McLean & Eakin Harbor Wear - Harbor Springs Gruler's
Mettler's American Mercantile Frivolous Sal's City of Charlevoix
Avalanche Bay Water Park Sturgeon River Pottery Darrell Lawson
Bear Cub Outfitters Rocking Horse Toy Company Kilwins
Colin's Corner Café Petals               Elements Gallery
Hanni Gallery B.C. Pizza Touch of Spring and Other Things
Gurney's Bottle Shop Cross Fisheries Bridge Street Taproom
Dressed Andy's Party Store Charlevoix Public Library
Spice Harbor Villager Pub/Terry's Place Harwood Gold
Outfitter Pine Lake Waves    Cutco Cutlery
Sky Iris Ga Ga for Kids Challenge Fitness



Beverages provided by:

Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery
Spare Key Winery
Bee Well Meadery
Cheboygan Brewing Company
Right Brain Brewery
Beards Brewery

Entertainment Includes

          Magician, Jania Taylor


Thank you to the 2018 Planning and Host Committees!


Planning Committee


Host Committee

Anora O’Connor, Chair


Steve and Meg Andreae

Darrell Lawson

Alissa Post


Kate Cwikiel

Scott MacKenzie

Dee Vincent


Sarah George

Jamie McLane

Jen Rekasi


Dave and Sonya Gerathy

Alison and Gary Mellon

Joanne Curtis


Amy Gillard

Charie Metevia

Martha Lancaster


Jill Haan

Val Meyerson

Susan Herard


Susan and Bruce Herard

Jeffrey Neill

Jessica Shaw


Stephanie Jones

Dibby and Scott Smith



Martha Lancaster

Aaron Steppe