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Toast Our Town: Celebrating and Preserving Cheboygan’s Historic Landmarks

Now that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to look forward to the New Year! With each passing year, more and more historic buildings and landmarks across the United States become abandoned and fall into a state of disrepair.

Cheboygan area residents and developers are hoping to celebrate the New Year by preserving their iconic buildings with their annual Toast Our Town fundraiser taking place on January 1, 2020.

Mary Hebert, owner and developer of the Carnegie Campus in downtown Cheboygan explains, “This is a big responsibility but it’s a privilege to do this work. I really believe that it’s not about the buildings but it’s about the things that happened within the buildings.”

One of the other buildings that are currently being restored is the St. Charles Borromeo Church. Bill Price decided to purchase the building back in April after it sat vacant for decades. “I came by and saw the for sale sign in front of the church and inquired and realized I’d probably have to take a mortgage out on it so that’s what I did,” explains Price.

Bill Price and Mary Hebert are just two of several residents investing in the historic gems that have shaped those in their community. The Toast Our Town Fundraiser will be taking place at the historic St. Charles Church from 12-3 PM on Jan 1. 2020. There will be live music, refreshments and entrance bracelets are $10.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the History Center of Cheboygan, St. Charles Church and the Cheboygan Carnegie.

If you would like more information, text (313) 580-2342.