Angel pinning tradition continues & Koeze nut sale and raffle


Janet Artley, dedicated volunteer and retiree at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena has pinned the 2022 angel pin on the lapel of Mike Erickson, Medical Center president.

Artley has been intricately involved in volunteer services during her 21 years serving as a volunteer of the Medical Center in Alpena.

Over the years, she has been a buyer and clerk in The Gift Corner, a member of numerous committees and support roles, active in fundraising efforts and has accumulated nearly 12,500 hours of service.

The angel pinning is a 47-year tradition that kicks off the sale of the pins in the Medical Center’s gift shop and out in the community. Customers return year after year to obtain the new pin design. The 2022 pin features an angel pin with a functional locket. All proceeds from angel pin sales are used to support new technology and patient services at the Medical Center.

In addition, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena volunteers are once again hosting their annual Koeze Nut Sale and Raffle. Proceeds from the popular, long-standing event support ongoing projects and pledges for patient care and updated technology.

The sale has appealed to donors and community members for many years and features a variety of specialty candy and nuts to help celebrate the holiday season. Items are sourced primarily from Michigan companies, including Koeze, established in 1910, of Grand Rapids, and St. Laurent Brothers of Bay City. One lucky raffle winner with take home the Koeze Opulent Basket, valued at $400.

The volunteers are passionate about maintaining the tradition of this sale and spend extra hours making sure these high-quality, sweet and salty treats make it into the hands and homes of community members. The sale runs from Nov. 14 through Dec. 15, 2022, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Koeze Nut Sale chairperson, Karen Morey encourages shoppers to visit MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena to make purchases and also welcomes orders placed by phone for car-side service. Those interested in details on the ordering process may contact Amanda Timm, volunteer manager, at [email protected] or (989) 356-7546, or stopping at the Koeze Nut Sale booth near The Gift Corner in the Medical Center lobby.

“Our volunteers go above and beyond each year to ensure that the Koeze Nut Sale remains a special way to share the season and support excellent health care in our area. They would love to see you support this time-honored tradition!” said Timm.

PHOTO: Mike Erickson, president, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena with volunteer Janet Artley.