Woodchopper’s Ball is Thursday night

Krystle Wagner • Jul 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Dancing and celebrations to support the work of the local Salvation Army corps are slated for later this week.

Music and dancing will begin at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at The Woodchopper’s Ball at D. Baker and Son Lumber Co., 720 Pennoyer Ave. in Grand Haven. The evening begins with the Heritage Hill String Quartet. The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra will perform from 7-9:30 p.m.

While there isn’t an admission charge for the event, donations will be accepted.

Maj. Jay Davis of The Salvation Army in Grand Haven said the event is a way to thank people for supporting the organization’s capital campaign and to fund their ongoing efforts to serve the community.

Davis noted they host the dance in July because it’s a few months away from the organization’s Christmas efforts.

“We serve the community year-round,” he said.

Last month, The Salvation Army in Grand Haven reached its $1.1 million campaign goal to build a nearly 5,800-square-foot addition. The new space will include a multipurpose room, office, three classrooms, kitchen, restrooms and storage.

Event co-organizer David Schock said the late Doug Baker, a lumberman and professional saxophone player, had talent.

“And he chose to play as a serious avocation and work in the family business,” Schock said. “I think it was he who — in honor of the legendary Woody Herman tune ‘Woodchopper’s Ball’ — dubbed his lumberyard the ‘Home of the Woodchopper.’ Now this event brings it all together again, maybe even as he intended.”

Nada Edson, who co-owns the lumberyard with her uncle, Bruce Baker, said her grandparents instilled a “sense of community, goodwill, appreciation of music and all other arts that runs deep” throughout the family. She said the family is proud to support the community.

Maj. Sally Davis of the local Salvation Army corps said they’re thankful for the community’s support during the recent capital campaign for additional space.

“Our hope is that this building expansion will allow us to have the space to continue to provide current and new programs and services to this community like we have for the last nearly 100 years,” she said.

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