Food Distributor Contributes to Vogue Theatre Restoration

DETROIT, MICHIGAN — When the plan to restore Manistee’s historic Vogue Theatre was announced in February, people from throughout the nation called with interest and words of support for the project that promises to transform the 73-year old Theatre and the City of Manistee’s Downtown.

But a donation from a company located over four hours away in Detroit really takes the cake! Or, more appropriately in this case, the steaks, chops, fowl and seafood!

Steve Brower, chair of the Vogue Theatre Capital Campaign, announced that Wolverine Packing Company, a 75-year old packager and distributor of lamb, veal, beef, poultry, steaks and seafood has made a $25,000 donation to help restore the Vogue Theatre.   Wolverine is one of the largest distributors of its kind in the U.S. from its state-of-the-art 150,000 square foot facility in Detroit. The Company’s claim to fame involves processing and shipping virtually any size order of the finest meats, poultry and seafood and delivering it the next day.

Brower said that the company issued a statement along with their donation:

“Please accept this donation to help restore and reopen the Vogue Theatre.   Our company is pleased to contribute to a project that will support the development of Manistee to benefit countless generations, particularly children and families. In making this donation, we hope it will assist you in receiving donations from other private businesses, whether located in your community or not, that understand the value of helping communities like Manistee complete projects that are vital to the quality of life of their region as well as all of Michigan.’

“This is another wonderful example of philanthropy at its finest,” Brower said.   “We have had an outpouring of support and volunteers for the project but this is the largest charitable contribution to date from a company outside of the greater Manistee region.   It is with the appreciation of a grateful community that we accept and express our thanks to Wolverine Packing.”

On October 27, from 6-7 p.m., at Manistee’s Ramsdell Theatre, there will be a “State of the Vogue” community forum to report to the community on progress and plans for the Vogue’s restoration. Everyone interested in the project is encouraged to attend.

Financial contributions in support of restoring the Vogue Theatre may be directed to the Vogue Theatre Restoration Fund of the Manistee County Community Foundation (MCCF). The MCCF, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, serves as the fiduciary for the Theatre’s capital campaign on behalf of the Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee, the nonprofit that is overseeing the restoration. Gifts may be made payable to MCCF-Vogue Theatre Restoration Fund or made online at Contact the Community Foundation at 231-723-7269. Visit for additional information about the effort and campaign.