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August 2013

Keith Martin, a 42 year old legally blind athlete  from the Upper Peninsula rode 877 miles  to raise funds for  Friends Of The Braumart a  501(c)3 non profit organization, and develop an awareness of macular degeneration, an eye disorder suffered by children and adults.

Friends Of The Braumart  mission  is to develop the historic Braumart  Movie Theater into a dynamic center, which embraces all arts and artists, and provides cultural, educational and economic stimulus for the area and to  provide a gather space for the community.     Friends Of The Braumart is now raising funds to purchase the historic movie house.    Keith committed to a solo ride of 877 miles to raise a targeted amount of $10,000, to help with the purchase.  Your  pledge dollars will help Keith score a bullseye. Asked how much is a good pledge amount he smiled and said “whatever anyone wants to donate because every little bit helps.”

Keith’s  ride started on August 8 in Menominee, Mi  moving to  Escanaba, Manistique, St. Ignace,  Sault  St. Marie then  pushing for Munising,  Marquette, and off to  Houghton and Calumet to begin the return through Ironwood, Iron River, Crystal Falls, Florence, Wi, Spread Eagle, Wi,  and ending at the historic movie house  in Iron Mountain, Michigan on August 16.  

His dedication to the sport of cycling and fund raising for non-profit associations began at an early age .  1981,10 years old, he was on his bike  riding  until early 20’s for St.Jude’s Children’s Hospital BikeAthon in his home town of Channing.  Each year his pledges were greater and his dedication stronger as he encouraged young people of the area to enjoy the sport of cycling and ride for St. Jude. He was commonly referred to as the Pied Piper with children of all ages riding with him.  For two years he rode Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon then  in  his late  20’s was seen on  roller-blades to champion Jerry’s cause. Did I mention Dickinson County Lifeline BikeAthon? Yes, he was there.  2012  he rode the Tour de Dickinson to bring awareness of the Braumart project doing a century ride of 100K while gathering pledge support from our  300 members.

Why are his accomplishment so remarkable?  Keith suffers from macular degeneration and has lost all central vision and at times loses his peripheral sight making him blind.  His eye problem combines with a secondary disorder.  Keith also suffers from Kline Levine syndrome.  This is a disorder which began in Keith’s teens and has periodically followed him into his adult  life.  When asked about  his  medical problems he always answers “Hey when you got problems you learn to live with them and get on with your life.” And get on with it he has. A double century ride is child’s play.  From Channing to Belvidere, Illinois where he now lives, a piece of cake.  A good summer 3000 miles of cycling happiness.

Keith has raised t $3444 to date. He has done the miles..lets show our appreciation of his effort. You can help Keith reach his goal by pledging on line.   You can use PayPal, Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express.  Or Mail your  pledge to

Keith Martin Bike Ride
Friends of the Braumart
B.J. Kramer, Treasurer
P.O. Box 156
Iron Mountain, Michigan  49801
Make Check or Money Order payable to Friends of the Braumart.

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$75 Pledge a Sweatshirt
$50 Pledge a T Shirt

Click here for Keith's Ride on the event page as he travels across the Upper Peninsula.
August 2013



Friends of the Braumart Art Exhibition
The first inaugural Braumart “Mostra D’Arte” (Italian for art exhibition) a juried gallery exhibition put on by the Friends of the Braumart, was held August 13, 14, and 15. The exhibition was located in the conference room of the Downtown Plaza building in Iron Mountain. Accepted artwork was eligible to win cash prizes and one purchase prize. Entries for the three jury awards were judged on originality and the overall artistic quality of the work. A $100 People’s Choice award and the Friends of the Braumart Purchase Prize was voted on by the public.
Original two-and three dimensional work completed within 2 years of the entry deadline was eligible. Ineligible media includes reproduction prints and work which is obviously derivative of other artists’ work.
Entry fees:
1 piece - $20
 2, 3, or 4 pieces - $30
Entry fees are nonrefundable.

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Choose entry type:
$20 - 1 piece
$30 - 2, 3 or 4 pieces
                               First place:........................$100      
                               Second place: ................$75
                               Third place ..................... $50
                               People’s Choice.............$100
                               Friends of the Braumart purchase prize: up to $400
First, second, and third place prizes were determined by the juror(s).
People’s Choice prize: Visitors to the exhibition were asked to vote on one piece. The artwork with the most “People’s Choice” votes won the $100 People’s Choice prize.
The Friends of the Braumart Purchase Prize was awarded to the artwork which met all of the following criteria: 
  • Has the most people’s choice votes,
  • Is available for sale at the end of the exhibition
  • Is valued at $400 or less.
The winner of the Friends of the Braumart Purchase Prize was purchased by the Friends of the Braumart (up to $400 purchase price) and auctioned at the “Bring Back the Braumart” fundraising event on Friday, August 16.  Proceeds from the sale of the art at the auction will go to the Friends of the Braumart.

100+ Women Who Care in Dickinson County Donation
August 2013
On August 12, 2013, 100+ Women Who Care of Dickinson County awarded their quarterly donation to Friends of the Braumart – a donation of over $19,000!  This donation is designated for our building purchase fund.  A huge THANK YOU goes out to the 360 members of this group for supporting our cause and working towards positive changes in our community.

L to R: FOTB Board members Audrey Smith, Tim Haagensen, Barb Kramer, Ted Izzo, and Jinx Brew; 100+ Women Who Care representatives Kristine Leonard and Terese Fortier. Photo by Therese Proudfit/the Daily News.

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