Traverse City, Mich.— Veterans in Crisis has the potential to get a record amount of money during this year’s TC Patriot Game thanks to the doubling of a community match.
New sponsors have stepped forward and offered to donate $10,000 if the community can match that amount.

Match donations can be made on the “Donate Now” button at the game’s website ( or at the game’s halftime during the Meijer Buck-It Blitz. Everyone in attendance will be asked to bring a buck and donate it when the bucket is passed. “If everyone brought at least a buck we could easily earn over $10,000 that would qualify for the match,” says TC Patriot Game Director, Scott Herzberg. “We have a goal to donate $25,000 to the organization Veterans In Crisis this year. If we meet this community match we will have no problem attaining that goal.”

The community match is being offered by Fox Lincoln, EXIT Realty, Brady’s Bar, Traverse Legal, Joe Charlton, Harold Elston and the TC Elks Lodge. Veterans In Crisis was selected to receive the proceeds from this year’s game by Student Senators at T.C. Central High School and TC West Senior High School. Veterans In Crisis works with Veterans in 21 northern Michigan counties and helps with emergency needs. Money is raised through the sale of commemorative shirts and through sponsorships.

Now in its eighth year, the TC Patriot Game honors active duty military, Veterans, first responders and those from northern Michigan who have recently been killed in action while serving their country. The event takes place during the football clash between Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High on Friday, September 20th. Military, Veterans and first responders are invited to the game at no charge and asked to join a pre-game tailgate party and pre-game ceremony to honor their service.

In addition to the community match, the presenting sponsor is Fox Grand Traverse, other sponsors include Serra of Traverse City, Williams Chevy, 4-Front Credit Union, Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union and Traverse City Area Public Schools. Supporting sponsors are Meijer, Bill Marsh Auto, McMillen’s Custom Framing, Allen-Kent Photography, Jimmy John’s, Folgarellis, and Pepsi. The game also received a grant from the Anne & Les Biederman Foundation. Donations can be sent to TC Patriot Game, P.O. Box 5433, Traverse City, MI 49696.

Photo caption: Sponsors of the TC Patriot Game Community Match gather at the site of the game, Thirlby Field.  (Left to right) Debra Ankerson – Traverse City Elks Lodge, Joe Charlton, Harold Elston, Holly Hack – EXIT Realty, Ben Sleder & Nolen Sleder – Brady’s Bar, Dan O’Connor – Fox Lincoln, Vickie Hays – Traverse Legal.  (Photo courtesy TC Patriot Game)