Harper event to cruise in style with this year’s logo

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published December 28, 2016

 Jenkins created the first-plzzace logo for the 2017 Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise.

Jenkins created the first-plzzace logo for the 2017 Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


ST. CLAIR SHORES — Shorewood Kiwanis is beginning the Harper Cruise charity season by giving back to local students who help the group out.

Kiwanis members, along with Roy O’Brien Ford and Macomb Community College, presented cash prizes and scholarships to three graphic design students at the college who won a logo contest for the 2017 Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise, set for Aug. 30. 

Rosanne Minne, of Shorewood Kiwanis, said she was happy to see women take home all three prizes this year. 

“That’s significant,” she said. 

Twelve students entered the contest, and Minne said they were all wonderful entries. First place went to Olivia Jenkins, of Warren.

She was “freaking out” when she found out she won the contest.

“We’re a big Ford family. We’re really into NASCAR,” said Jenkins, who is in her fourth year of the program at MCC. “I want to go into something car-related.”

Her design incorporated a red Ford Mustang, which Jenkins called her “go-to car.”

Second place went to Devin Healy, of Grosse Pointe Woods, who will graduate in 2017. She said that she had never done any designs with cars before.

“I wanted to do something totally different than the previous winners,” she said of her design. 

Healy said she appreciates what the contest does for the students.

“It’s great. Not only is it a portfolio builder for me, but it lets the students get their name out in the community,” she said. 

Anna Krolewski, a second-year student from Clinton Township, took third place in the contest. She said her teacher approached her and asked her to enter. 

“My dad works at Ford, so (we are a) big car family as well,” she said. “We like to go to the cruises, Woodward, Gratiot. We try to get to as many as possible.”

Kris Mellebrand, a professor of design and layout at MCC, said that the winners “are my three best students.”

Top prize was awarded $1,000 from Shorewood Kiwanis and Roy O’Brien Ford, and the logo will appear on cruise T-shirts. Second prize received $750, and third place took home $250. All winners also received a matching scholarship from the college.

“We are always so pleased to participate in this contest,” Mellebrand said. 

Amy O’Brien-Kravitz, of Roy O’Brien Ford, agreed.

“We love being involved in our community, and to get behind something like this where it benefits students ... to work toward their future, it’s just a great opportunity for us,” she said. 

This year’s Harper Cruise will be better than ever, said Karen Biafora, of Shorewood Kiwanis.

“We have a lot of new ideas for this coming year, and we think we’ll knock it out of the park again,” she said.