Brussels Optimist dinner raises over $30,000 for Tanner Steffler Foundation - March 15, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
While a final total has yet to be reached, the Brussels Optimist Club estimates that over $30,000 was raised for the Tanner Steffler Foundation on Saturday night.
The Optimists chose the locally-developed charity as the subject of the club’s 19th annual spring dinner and auction not only for its noble goal, but for its local connections.
Doug McArter, a long-time member of the club, said that the dinner raised easily over $30,000 for the cause, which makes it one of the most successful dinners in the club’s history. Several years ago the club chose the Ronald McDonald House as its charity and raised over $35,000, the most successful spring dinner and auction in the club’s history. McArter said that this year’s event has a chance to be nearly as successful.
“It was an awesome night,” McArter said.
One of the highlights, he said, was to hear from John and Heather Steffler, the guest speakers for the night. They spoke about their late son Tanner and his battle with addiction that led to his death last year. They also touched on what they hope the foundation will do for young people in Huron County facing problems with mental health and addition who need services that aren’t available to them.
McArter said that having a speech like that, especially from a family with such firm ties to the community, really helped to drive donations to the foundation during the live auction.
In addition, McArter said that, surprisingly, this was the first year that the club sold out its dinner, despite successful years in the past.
He said that club members were receiving calls for tickets the morning of the dinner. Luckily, they were able to connect some people looking for tickets with others who had tickets, but weren’t able to make it to Brussels that night.
For more information on the Tanner Steffler Foundation and its goal, visit its website online at