Shoppers brave the elements and wait outside for the opening of the Brookwood Make A Difference Day Flea Market’s first-ever Four-Hour Fun Sale on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.

Brookwood earns $11,800+ for charity

According to Joanne Marcil, creator and co-chair of Brookwood’s flea market project, Brookwood subdivision earned more than $11,800 at the Brookwood Make A Difference Day Flea Market held on Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24.

“Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Baldwin Soup Kitchen in Pontiac, Mich.; the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; Paint a Miracle; and The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester,” says Marcil. She adds, “Even though the weather tried to put a damper on our first-ever Four-Hour Fun Sale on Friday, it didn’t stop the shoppers from coming out to support us. We were pleasantly surprised by the great turnout for our early bird sale. Our best estimate is that about 160 people braved the rain on Friday, with many standing in line waiting for the doors to open at 4 p.m.! The weather improved on Saturday, and we had another great turnout of buyers anxious to find that special bargain and contribute to a worthy cause. Combining the proceeds of both days, we earned more than $11,800 at this year’s Brookwood Make A Difference Day Flea Market!!!”

Marcil continues, “Year after year, we are deeply touched by the overwhelming generosity of the Brookwood community, our volunteers, our friends, family, our local business supporters, sponsors and the people from the surrounding area who come out to shop at the flea market.”

Trish Kangas, co-chair of the project, notes, “I want to extend special thanks to the members of Boy Scout Troop 101 based in Rochester Hills who helped us move items into the clubhouse on Oct. 20 and to the students from the Rochester High School National Honor Society, the Rochester High School Key Club, the Rochester Adams High School Key Club, and the Rochester Adams National Honor Society who helped us during the set up and with move out and clean up on Oct. 24. We greatly appreciate their hard work and support. It’s heartwarming to see these young people come out and work so hard to give us a hand.”

Treasures for sale included new and gently used household items, clothing, jewelry, baby items, purses, books, hardware and tools, golf equipment, sporting goods, small furniture, toys, games and many other items.

Mark your calendar for next year’s Make A Difference Day on Oct. 23, 2010.

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