Jim Kan tribute event scheduled for Feb. 24

The poster for the Jim Kan fundraiser event at Petoskey High School
The poster for the Jim Kan fundraiser event at Petoskey High School

PETOSKEY — Known for his work with the high school color guard, founding the Sunrise Rotary and his time as the president of the chamber of commerce, Jim Kan was a fixture in the Petoskey community.

After a nearly year-long period of illness, Kan died the week of Feb. 19. Prior to his death, he found himself in need of 24/7 home health care, which was not covered by insurance.

The community set up an event to help offset the burden of home health care costs to help rally behind Kan and his family.

Different groups are coming together to host a fundraising event from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 in the Petoskey High School Cafeteria. Participants are asked to wear Northmen blue or green and white.

The event will be raising money for the Kan family to help pay for the home healthcare costs that were not covered through his insurance. Any additional money that comes from the fundraiser will go to the Petoskey Education Foundation — another group Kan was heavily involved with — to start a scholarship in his name, Sunrise Rotary club administration chair Carlin Smith said.

"Jim just means a lot to this community, and he has given so much to so many," Smith said.

Food, live entertainment and a silent auction are all on the docket for Saturday's event. Donations can be made at the door or through the Sunrise Rotary.

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One of the silent auction items is an overnight trip to Mackinac Island, including the ferry service, meals and more.

Donations can be mailed to Sunrise Rotary Charities, P.O. Box 812, Petoskey, MI 49770 with Jim Kan Tribute in the memo line.

— Contact reporter Karly Graham at kgraham@petoskeynews.com. Follow her on Twitter at @KarlyGrahamJRN

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