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Park approves charitable raffle application for local nonprofit

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 4, 2019

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PARK — The location of a nonprofit led the Grosse Pointe Park City Council to have to sign off on a charitable raffle.

Wolverine Human Services, whose office address is at 15100 Mack Ave. in the Park, is adding a 50-50 raffle to its annual golf outing fundraiser this year, said Stacey Fuller-Carson, the development coordinator, during the Aug. 26 Park City Council meeting. She said they’re offering the raffle this year so that they can purchase Christmas gifts for the children they serve.

“We are the largest child welfare agency in Michigan,” Fuller-Carson said.

They were founded in 1987 by Robert E. Wollack. According to their website, their mission is to “provide safety, sustenance, nurturing and therapeutic interventions for children.”

The Wolverine Human Services golf outing will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Topgolf Auburn Hills, located at 500 Great Lakes Crossing. Organizers are asking attendees to RSVP by Sept. 5. 

It might have seemed odd that they needed approval from the Park when this event is taking place in another community, but city officials said there was a reason for this.

“Your address of record is in Grosse Pointe Park, which is why we as a council need to address this,” Mayor Robert Denner explained.

The council voted unanimously in favor of recognizing Wolverine as a nonprofit in the Park for the purpose of obtaining a charitable gaming license for the event.

City Councilman Daniel Grano, an attorney, recused himself from the discussion and vote because he said some of his work includes overseeing charitable gaming applications for the state.

“It’s not appropriate for me to vote on this,” Grano said.

The council unanimously approved his request to not vote on this matter.

For tickets to the golf outing or more information about Wolverine Human Services, call (313) 824-4400 or visit www.wolverinehs.org.

Call Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran at (586) 498-1047.