Friday, March 25, 2016

Michigan G-Men to perform March 26 in Marquette to benefit Yellow Dog Watershed Community Forest project

The Michigan G-Men of Ann Arbor will perform in a concert to benefit the Yellow Dog River Community Forest project on Saturday, March 26, at Coco’s Restaurant in Marquette. (Photo courtesy Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve)

MARQUETTE -- The Michigan G-Men (or Gentlemen for long), an all-male a cappella group from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, will present a concert to benefit the Yellow Dog River Community Forest project Saturday, March 26, at Coco’s Restaurant in Marquette.

Nationally renowned for their unique talents, the G-Men have competed in ICCA Finals in New York City’s Town Hall, toured extensively across the US, and performed privately for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.* Northern Michigan University's Lake Effect Choir will also be at the event to lend their vocal support.

The event begins at 5 p.m. at Coco’s, 911 N. Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette. Donations are greatly appreciated at the door and will go toward the purchase and establishment of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. Many items will be available through a silent auction, including vacation home rentals, massage gift certificates, art, and local treats.

A short presentation about the project and the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve's  fundraising status as well as a performance by Milo Birch will precede the concert by the G-Men, who will then take the stage and share their voices and talents until 8 p.m.

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP) is leading an effort to purchase and protect some of the forests and waterfalls along the Yellow Dog River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The group has an opportunity to purchase 695 acres in order to establish the proposed Yellow Dog River Community Forest.

Yellow Dog Falls, also known as Hills Falls, are part of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. (Photo © Carrie Whittaker and courtesy Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve)

"This place is important to many," says Emily Whittaker, YDWP Special Projects manager. "This particular property we are aiming to purchase features the primary public access point, a hiking trail, the most visited set of waterfalls, and habitat for rare plant and animal species. It’s a high quality ecosystem that draws locals and visitors who are looking to spend time outdoors. If we don't take the opportunity to protect this place, it could be sold off to private individuals or investors. We could see public access taken away, the forest converted, and the natural features degraded."**

The group has until March 31, 2016, to raise the total cost of the project, which is $1.1 million. Help them reach this goal by donating today and sharing with friends!

Visit the YDWP Crowdrise page to donate.

If you don't want to donate online, you can send check or cash to:
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
P.O. Box 5
Big Bay, MI 49808

* Click here to learn more about the Michigan G-Men and to listen to their music.

** Check out more about the Community Forest here.

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