Fair donations to fund Finn’s special trip

IMLAY CITY — The generosity of fairgoers will help a local boy and his family enjoy a special trip. Last week, representatives from the Imlay City Eagles, Imlay City Fire Department and Eastern Michigan State Fair board presented a nearly $9,000 donation to The Rainbow Connection on behalf of Finn Woodworth. The youngster, who’s battling leukemia, will soon enjoy a trip to Florida to meet Mickey Mouse and enjoy the area’s other theme parks and attractions.

Finn Woodworth helps present the donation to Todt.


The donation was comprised of tips the Eagles Club received at the 2021 fair’s beer tent and money collected during Friday and Saturday night’s “Pass the Boot.” That’s when Imlay City firefighters, on hand for grandstand events, pass a boot through the crowd to collection donations.

On hand for the presentation at the fair board’s regular meeting were Imlay City Fire Chief Rick Horton and Imlay City Eagles Club members Mike Brousseau, Wade Myers and David Brousseau along with Finn and his parents, Allen and Jessica, and other family members. Accepting the donation was Rainbow Connection’s Executive Director Ingrid Todt.

“It’s great to see this kind of support from the community for Finn and his family,” she said.

Todt explained that the Woodworth’s trip would include a limo ride to the airport and accommodations to Give Kids the World Village, a storybook resort, along with tickets to eight area theme parks, plus other special treats.

The Rainbow Connection is a non-profit organization
that grants wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions.