Lending a helping hand

Local actors are taking the stage Thursday to benefit a local family who lost everything they own when their home burned down.
Krystle Wagner
Jun 12, 2013


The Grand Haven High School drama club will perform in the school’s Performing Arts Center to raise money for the Clover family, who lost their Grand Haven Township home in a fire last month.

The show starts at 7 p.m. A nonperishable food item or a monetary donation are suggested for admission, and all proceeds from the event will go to the Clover family.

The club will also take collections for the favorite act of the night, as students and members of the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company perform monologues and scenes.

Ray Clover said he has been amazed by the community’s outpouring of support in the weeks since the fire that left his family with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

The father of four said his family is doing well. They are currently staying with family as they look for their next home.

Clover said his family has been contacted by many people, even those they don’t know, asking how they can help them.

“The whole community has helped us out more than I could express,” he said.
“It’s really amazing."

Rita McLary, the high school's drama director, said the drama club wanted to help Eric Clover, a Central High School student and a member of the club.

Right after the fire, McLary said students took up a collection to donate to the family, but they wanted to do more. She said the students came up with the idea to have an informal, fun evening to raise money for the Clovers.


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