[PHOTOS] The Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan sponsored by Pepsi was a big hit at the 28th annual Zehnder’s Snowfest. Players, coaches and Manager Ron Gardenhire were on hand to talk about the busy off-season and the upcoming 2019 campaign. Tigers fans were entertained by the official Tiger mascot “Paws”, members of the DTE Energy Squad and the 2018 tiger highlight video.
As part of the presentation, the Detroit Tigers honored two local organizations with a custom-framed, autographed Tigers jersey for their significant contributions to the community. The honorees were:
• Mrs. Lou Bozich and Greg Rummel (President) of the Military Heroes Museum
The Michigan Heroes Museum in Frankenmuth is the only museum devoted to the wartime experiences of men and women from the State of Michigan. Founded by Stan Bozich, the museum has over 140 displays and a collection of over 700 exhibits, telling the stories of Michigan’s Governors, Astronauts and Medal of Honor Winners. Stan passed away last October and is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lou; who together with past board president, David Johnson, carry on Stan’s vision and passion. This award is presented by the Detroit Tigers to the Military Heroes Museum in memory of founder Stanley Bozich and in appreciation for preserving the history and heritage of Michigan’s military and space heroes since 1976. Honor. Respect. Remember.
• Carla and Bob Spletzer of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
Over 60 years ago, Carla’s father Wally Bronner founded Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Wally was a permanent fixture at Bronner’s, growing from humble beginnings to the world’s largest Christmas store – with beautifully landscaped grounds covering 27 acres. Carla, now the company’s Vice President, and her husband Bob, the company’s Human Resources Manager; carry on the family tradition both at Bronner’s and at Zehnder’s, supporting the annual Zehnder’s Snowfest. This award is presented by the Detroit Tigers and Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth to the Bronner family in appreciation of its support of Zehnder’s Snowfest and for decorating hearts around the world with peace and love from 25 Christmas Lane.
Congratulations to our Detroit Tigers Q&A contest winners Kayla Jakel, Dave Burns, Brittni Weaver, Erin Cleland and Peter Brown who received prizes from the Detroit Tigers organization, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth and Pepsi. The winners had the special privilege of personally asking their winning question to the a player, a coach or the team as a whole. Thank you to all who participated in the Detroit Tigers Q&A contest!
Not pictured above: Erin Cleland and Peter Brown
In addition, Zehnder’s Snowfest, the Detroit Tigers and Pepsi partnered with the Saginaw County DHHS Foster Care Program to collect items for toddlers through teenagers to support foster care for the chance to win prizes including Detroit Tigers game tickets, fan packs, an autographed Ron Gardenhire baseball, dinner for 4 at Zehnder’s Restaurant, waterpark passes to Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark and much more. Thank you to all who came out and brought items to support Saginaw County foster care.
The Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan is sponsored by Pepsi. Be sure to mark for your calendars for next year’s Zehnder’s Snowfest – January 22 through January 27, 2020.
Did you take pictures at Snowfest? If so, make sure to enter the annual Snowfest Photo Impressions contest for a chance to win one of 3 great Zehnder’s prizes! SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO HERE.
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Photos courtesy of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth and Scott Wenzel and Kelly Jammer of the Frankenmuth News