WMMI’s “Hammer Award” presented by Hammer Restoration! Vote Now!


Just as Hammer Restoration hammers out our problems on the home front the My 1043 Hammer award presented by Hammer Restoration wants to honor those on the front lines hammering out the problems we face every day in Mid-Michigan!

From volunteers, firefighters, coaches, teachers, or anyone who just gets things done in our community.  It may be that persons job, but those who go above and beyond the duty deserve some extra recognition.

We all have that friend or relative in Mid Michigan that deserves credit for their hard work, so nominate those you think deserve some extra kudos…and some awesome prizes!  Find our nomination form below and every month Tina, Shawn, and Chris pick their favorite to win that months hammer award!!

The winner of the Hammer Award will win a sweet trophy from JNR Engraving, some love one the radio and an extra classy prize package!  So check back every month, every week, or everyday to recognize those in our community that Hammer our the problems Mid Michiganders face every day with the Hammer Award with Hammer Restoration.

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Check out our nominees this month and vote for your favorite:

Tina’s nominee: Quana Hoffman is passionate about serving underserved populations; namely the homeless and hungry.  She has been involved with the Isabella County Restoration House in many capacities for four years.  Currently, she serves on the Rotating Shelter committee and volunteers on a weekly basis at its intake at the Non-Profit Center.  Quana has also served on the Board of Directors at the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen for nearly three years.  Quana was United Way’s 2017 Live United Award recipient for her work with Isabella                                                                       County Restoration House.

Quana also values her community’s youth and finds ways to volunteer in many capacities.  She has served as Union Township’s Kids Litle League Board as its Secretary and Concessions Liason for over two years.  She is also the Volunteer Coordinator for Mount Pleasant Youth Football.  Lastly, Quana is the Creative Writing Superintendent for Isabella County’s Youth Farm & Fair.

Quana works as a Business Faculty member at Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College where she serves on many committees designed to enhance our commitment to education in the tribal community.

Quana lives west of Mount Pleasant with her husband, Scott.  They have five sons with 16 years between the oldest and youngest.  They also have two beautiful granddaughters.

Quana’s favorite quote is,Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.”  Thomas Merton.


Shawn’s nominee Amanda Schafer: Amanda leads the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation as Executive Director. She has been with the organization since 2009. Amanda spends her time helping community members “hammer out” ways to put their resources to work in support of charitable programs that address the needs of Isabella County residents. She focuses on donor engagement, effective grantmaking, and leadership to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County.

“I love connecting ideas and people—to one another and to opportunities in our community. Working with a fantastic board and a few hundred volunteer leaders, I get to take part in real local problem solving. I get to talk with people about the legacy they want to leave here in our community. This place means so much to so many people. As our organization’s assets grow, we’re able to do more to help our neighbors. And, we’re thinking long-term about our community’s future. I am grateful to work with a trusted organization that works to educate and engage community members in philanthropy. It is inspiring to partner with local charities, their staff and volunteers, to make impact in our community. We support education, health, youth development, recreation, human services, economic development, etc. Come to our Annual Breakfast on September 11th to learn more!”

Amanda’s favorite inspirational quote: “A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.” – Elton Trueblood

Chris nominee Mike Evans director at Odyssey Middle High School- Mike has been working at Odyssey for several years now, returning as director after having completed his student teaching there several years before, he also serves as the local student homeless liaison.  Mike has dedicated his career to helping at risk youth.  He grew up in Harrison, attended CMU, and has been working in the education field, now going on his 8th year of working in alternative education.  He has a total of 12 years of working with at risk youth.

Mike is hammering out alternative education in Mid Michigan, and providing young kids with the guidance and opportunities to graduate high school.  Mike along with his great staff provide a hands on learning environment focused on environmental and experiential learning.  At Odyssey kids take the normal classes, but are also building things (miles of trails and a disc golf course for example).  This hands on approach  helps promote responsible thinking and provides a student centered educational experience.

Brian Dufort teacher at Odyssey says of Mike, “Mike is always looking for new ideas that we can use to make Odyssey a place that better suits the wide variety of our students needs.  The question, what is best for his students is what guides his decision making.”

Mike’s quote- “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not” -The Lorax

Here is July/August winner!

Tina’s nominee Kara Bouman:  Kara grew up in Shepherd and has made Mid-Michigan a great place to live since she was a kid. Kara call Mt Pleasant home with her husband Brent and their two children. Kara is the Director of Marketing for the Laurels of Mt Pleasant.  It is hard to believe that she has a job, considering all that she does for our community.  Just as the hammer award is intended…Kara hammers out problems we face every day in Mid-Michigan

Kara works with CARE, VANNIC, Mt Pleasant Jaycees, Mt Pleasant Craft Beer Festival, Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce, along with others.  If there is a community event raising money for a good cause…there is a good chance Kara is doing some work behind the scenes.  That is all on top of her job at The Laurels of Mt Pleasant.

Through her volunteer work with the Jaycees Kara plans events like memberships drives, social outings, and the Foster Closet Christmas Party!  With the Shepherd Chamber Kara organizes their golf outing, helps with the outdoor movie nights, and more!  IN the little free time that Kara has she enjoys crafting, boating, and anything that includes her family!

Kara truly makes Mid Michigan a great place to live through her volunteer work and positive attitude that she carries everyday…If you know Kare you without a doubt know that smile.  If you don’t know that smile…Start volunteering!

Here is June/July winner!

Dalis Hitchcock

Dalis Hitchcock has surrounded herself with creatures of all shapes & sizes, since she was a little girl. She has a passion for animals, which inspired her to open up “Dalis to the Rescue” in St. Louis, next to her pet grooming business. She’s totally honored to be a nominee for this months Hammer Award with MY1043.

The thing she loves about animals is that they don’t lie, cheat or steal.  She believes people are complicated & that animals are “pure!”

Dalis dedicates (7) days a week, (365) days a year, to all of her furry little friends! Dalis is the daughter of (2) pet shop owners & loves “hammering” out animal abandonment here in Mid-Michigan.

Although she tries to show as much affection as possible to her furry creatures, she refrains from naming them so she doesn’t get “too” attached.  Her sacrifice of time, space & pocketbook, are all worth it for her.

Dalis’ quote: when Dalis talks about spaying and neutering she wants people to “be part of the solution not the problem.”


Congrats to Jay B Gross our first Hammer Award winner!!!

Jay Gross

Jay B Gross English Teacher Shepherd High School; nominated by My1043’s Chris Spachman

If Mr Gross was your teacher at Shepherd High School chances are you still talk to him, whether your 22, 32, or even 42.  He becomes a mentor for life after being your teacher.  Jay is graduate of Central Michigan University and is finishing his 27th year of teaching at Shepherd!

Along with teaching Jay also speaks at various functions all over the country with words of wisdom, courage, and positivity.  In sports it is said that the great players make those around them better, well Jay Gross is a great player in life, and betters the lives of those around him.

Jay is currently hammering out adolescent turmoil in Mid Michigan.  From teaching at Shepherd, speaking to kids at other local schools, and being there for any former student. Jay makes Mid Michigan a great place to live by mentoring thousands in our area.

Jay also has a heart of gold when it comes to animals, if you see a lost dog post in our area, there’s no doubt he has shared it on Facebook and with his reach those dogs most always find there way home…Did I mention he has 7 rescues himself!

Jay not only hammers away at adolescent turmoil in Mid Michigan, he helps everyone he meets hammer away at life!  His quote is one that I have heard since my days in high school; it’s simple, but says it all “No Excuses.  Period.”


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