May 4, 2019 -- Even icy roads on Saturday couldn’t stop Nicole Curtis and 265 guests from enjoying a wonderful evening at the Frankenmuth Community Foundation’s Legacy Ball.

Curtis, star of HGTV/DIY Network’s “Rehab Addict,” was the gala’s keynote speaker. Curtis made the drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth despite a horrific ice storm that prompted road closings and power outages across Michigan.

“We were so nervous the nasty weather was going to put a damper on our evening. But most of our guests still made it to the event - and what an event it was,” said Legacy Ball Committee Chair Kristi Krafft-Bellsky.

Curtis is famous in the do-it-yourself world for restoring vintage homes to their past glory. The Michigan native was a big hit among attendees. Curtis and her guest enjoyed themselves so much that they visited Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie in downtown Frankenmuth afterward with several Legacy Ball Committee members.

The evening at Zehnder’s included a gourmet meal, entertainment by Empty Canvas, and a wide variety of live and silent auction items.

“Our local businesses donated some quality items that helped our live and silent auctions bring in some big bucks,” Krafft-Bellsky said. “Dietrich Bronner, Wayne Cormier and Bob Zehnder get an extra special thank-you for donating not one, but TWO Chef Challenge experiences that raised $10,000 for the Foundation.”

Individuals and businesses in Frankenmuth and across the Great Lakes Bay Region were extremely generous in this year’s financial support of the Legacy Ball, said Jonathan T. Webb, the Foundation’s executive director.

“We couldn’t have done it without all of our sponsors, particularly My Member Insurance Agency, Frankenmuth Insurance and Tri-Star Trust Bank,” Webb said.

The evening also included a tribute to Stephen C. List, who retired in 2017 as the Foundation’s first executive director.

Since it’s debut eight years ago, the Legacy Ball has raised more than $300,000 in operating funds for the Foundation.

Over the last 41 years, the Frankenmuth Community Foundation has distributed more than $5 million to groups and programs working to enhance the quality of life in Frankenmuth. These good works are made possible thanks to the generous donations, gifts and bequests from individuals and businesses across Frankenmuth.

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Nicole Curtis, center, poses with the Legacy Ball Committee (from left): Jonathan Webb, Kristi Krafft-Bellsky, Dave Bellsky, Pam Mossner, Anne Webb, Wayne Cormier, Brandon Muller, Deb Sassone, Bonnie VanVoorhees, Beth McKenna, Renee Elliott and Vicki DeGrace (not pictured: Joe Cramer & Tom Zuellig)
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The April 14, 2018, Legacy Ball drew 265 attendees.
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FCF Board Chairman Terry Weiss, center, recognizes Dr. Nancy Haskin, left, and Tim Hildner, right, for their years of service on the Foundation board.
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Former Frankenmuth Community Foundation Executive Director Stephen List, left, was lauded by Board Chairman Terry Weiss for his many efforts through the years.
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– FCF Executive Director Jonathan Webb introduces Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” Curtis was the evening’s keynote speaker.

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