Matt Currie receives Northern Lights Award

Trustees of the Mecosta County Community Foundation awarded Matt Currie for his outstanding achievements in Outdoor Activities and Sports. (Pioneer photo/Alicia Jaimes)

The Mecosta County Community Foundation is awarding county residents with the Northern Lights Award this September.

These awards recognize citizens or organizations who have made meaningful contributions to the community. With eight awards total, the categories are: Management, Business and Industry; Environment; Civics; Outdoor Activities and Sports; Social Services and Health; Training and Education; and Arts, spelling M.E.C.O.S.T.A.

MECOSTA COUNTY — On Wednesday, Matt Currie received the Northern Lights Award in Outdoor Activities and Sports.

“I’m very honored,” Currie said. “This was very unexpected, and I didn’t see it coming.”

Currie and his father, Pat, were recognized for their countless hours and continuous donations to train local racers for the celebrity harness race at the Mecosta County Fair.

Part of Currie’s nomination stated: “Matt, along with his father, Pat, continue to donate these races to local charities because it’s what they love to do and because of the money they raise for multiple local charities in our community (roughly $250,000 to $300,000). The commitment and effort that Matt has and continues to put forth is extremely admirable and has had a tremendous impact on our community.”

This is the first year MCCF will be presenting instead of Spectrum Health. The banquet to recognize Northern Lights award recipients will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Ferris State University Center. Those interested in attending the award ceremony can contact MCCF administrative assistant Casey Houston at chouston@facommunityfoundation.org.

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