October 26, 2019
Source: Bryce Airgood
Department: Port Huron Times Herald
Friday night was about charity and art, and with the unveiling of "iconic" artwork and more than $100,000 raised, there was plenty of both at the St. Clair Inn.
The redeveloped inn at 500 N. Riverside Ave., St. Clair received such a showing of support at the charity event Friday, it almost left inn owner Jeff Katofsky speechless.
"It s amazing to have 600 people out here to support children and veterans and to support us and to see how much they care, like we care, about the inn and the rebirth of the inn," he said.
A $75 donation was required to attend the event and more than $100,000 was raised through donations and sponsorship. The money raised will go to The Community Foundation of St. Clair County to put toward programs benefiting children and veterans in the county.
"We need to support our veterans, we need to support our children, because we need our future and we need to understand our past," Katofsky said.
In addition to helping with these causes, donors got to celebrate the rebirth of the inn.
The St. Clair Inn was closed in 2014 and in 2015 the new owners initiated a four-year restoration and expansion of the iconic property. Since starting the project, nearly $40 million has been invested in the restoration, ensuring that the historic portion closely reflects the inn as it appeared in 1926, according to promotional materials for the event.
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And if you have iconic property, you have to have iconic artwork to go with it, Katofsky said.