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Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge, America’s largest Bavarian-themed resort, has, since its opening, embarked on and completed seven major property project investments totaling $40 million at the lodge, as well as its Family Fun Center.

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Judy Zehnder Keller to Be Honored As The

‘2017 Can Council Child Advocate of the Year’

SAGINAW, MI – February 10, 2017: CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region will honor Judy Zehnder Keller (Frankenmuth) as the 2017 Child Advocate of the Year. The award will be presented Thursday, February 23rd at Horizons Conference Center during the 24th Annual CAN Council Mardi Gras Auction.

Since 2000, the CAN Council’s Child Advocate of the Year Award has annually honored an outstanding individual or group for being extraordinarily committed to making the Great Lakes Bay Region a better place for children and families. Past recipients include Richard J. Garber, Chip Hendrick, William (Bill) McNally, the dental team of Paul W. Allen, DDS, The Honorable Faye M. Harrison, AGP & Associates, Inc., and Al Doner of New Executive Mortgage.

Judy Zehnder Keller is the president and owner of the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan, which she designed and built in 1986.  Now in its 4th generation of active management, the Bavarian Inn Corporation is something Judy has been a part of since childhood.

When asked about her profession, Judy proudly says, “I fry chicken and make beds for a living”. Those that have worked with and for Judy know that she is also a fierce advocate for the well-being of her family, friends and staff!

Mrs. Judy Zehnder Keller has been a longtime supporter of the CAN Council and our mission to build communities where children are free from abuse and neglect. Suzanne Greenberg, President and CEO of the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region shared, “Judy’s contribution to the children and families of the Frankenmuth community as well as the Great Lakes Bay Region reaches far beyond chicken and tourism.”  We welcome the community to join us on February 23rd as we honor one of our region’s most passionate child advocates—Judy Zehnder Keller as our 2017 Child Advocate of the Year!

About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through its nationally-accredited and award-winning education, awareness, intervention and advocacy programs. It is the only nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 37 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.

 

Bavarian Inn Employees Raise Funds to Help Others

Volunteer Campaigns Raise $18,500 for Charity in 2016

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Jan. 30, 2017 – Through its more than 30-year-old Company Giving Program, Bavarian Inn Restaurant employees raised a total of $12,586 to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, assisting the agency in its mission to provide nourishment to the hungry in 22 Michigan counties. The total was announced and a check for the entire amount was presented to the charity at a post-holiday employee party, Jan. 9.

According to Joe Putnam, 2016 chairperson of the Bavarian Inn Company Giving Program, the funds were raised through voluntary payroll deduction, candy sales, a holiday open house event and other activities throughout the year that were coupled with $5,000 in matching funds from the Frankenmuth landmark. “Bavarian Inn Restaurant has over 400 caring team members who give so generously each year to help those in need,” he said.

Bavarian Inn Marketing Manager Mandy Borsenik explained that, based on the purchasing power of the Food Bank, the group’s 2016 donation equates to approximately $75,516 in food to help the less fortunate.  She also listed past charities aided by the Company Giving Program:  Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, Hospice for Hope, Special Olympics, Special Days Camp and Saginaw Habitat for Humanity.

At the same time, nearly 300 employees at the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge raised a total of $2,959 in 2016 employee donations that were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Lodge for a total contribution of $5,918. By employee choice, the contributions were awarded to: Child Abuse Network, American Cancer Society and Make a Wish Foundation.

“The Bavarian Inn Zehnder family has always encouraged charitable contributions to the local community so it is no surprise that our employees have voluntarily followed suit in helping the less fortunate among us,” commented Lodge Marketing Manager Joanna Stratman. “We expect to see similar efforts in 2017,” she concluded.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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About the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves as a common solicitor, storehouse and distributor of food to member non-profit and charitable organizations in 22 counties. Once food arrives at the Food Bank, it is sorted, inspected and made available to partner agencies such as churches, soup kitchens, and food pantries to distribute to those in need. Learn more at www.fbem.org.

 

 

 

Super Bowl Sunday Web Deal at Bavarian Inn Lodge!

Great View, Food and Fun Are Waiting—Rain or Shine

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Jan 24, 2017 – Looking for a different way to watch the 51st Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5? Whether you’re cheering for the AFC or the NFC champs, the Bavarian Inn Lodge is a great place to watch and celebrate the annual showdown.

The Lodge is offering a special deal that must be booked online. Under its terms, Perks Members can book a standard room with a Large Deluxe Pizza and Pitcher of Pop for just $90 plus tax! Anyone not already a Perks Member can join for just $10, qualifying them for the special deal.

Instead of fighting the crowds at Houston’s NRG Stadium, guests can view the game on 55-inch HD television sets from the comfort of their rooms or join others in the Lodge’s fun and friendly Lorelei Lounge or Ratskeller for a great view of the big game, an extensive beverage selection, tasty snacks and food.

The “Party Time Package” covers a maximum four guests per room. To make reservations, call 888-775-6343 or visit www.bavarianinn.com.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge: Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.