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CHERRYT BALL DROP (CHARITY BALL DROP)
Downtown Traverse City // New Year's Eve 2014
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The funds from this 2013/14 New Year's Event were donated to
Northwest Michigan's Goodwill Food Service & Traverse City Children's Advocacy Group. 875 pounds of food was donated to the Father Fred's Food Pantry.


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Thank you to everyone who came out and made this year's event so successful!

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

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If you're looking for a place to stay after joining in the fun with us at the CherryT Ball Drop, check out the Grand Beach and Sugar Beach hotels. Book online here or by calling the Grand Beach at 800.968.1992 or Sugar Beach at 800.509.1995.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the CherryT Ball Drop

Who is the CherryT Ball Drop?

What does CherryT stand for?

How did the CherryT Ball Drop get started?

Is this event crowded?

What drops at midnight on New Year's Eve?

Where is the celebration?

Who can attend the celebration?

Is alcohol available?

When is the event?

Is there a charge for the event?

Where should we park?

Who is the CherryT Ball Drop?

Are there any street closings we should be aware of?

If we are North of Front Street, how do we get to the CherryT Ball Drop?

What about the public walkway over the bridge at the Farmer's market and between Pangea's Pizza and Kilwin's Chocolates?

What about the one way alley north and parallel to Front Street and east of Cass St?

What about the two way alley that runs parallel just north of Front Street and west of Cass St?

What about parking in the Farmer's Market?

What about the Marina?

What about the Chamber of Commerce Building?

Who benefits from the non-perishable food items?

How much did you raise?

How far does the Cherry drop?

What was last year's attendance?

Are there public restrooms available?

Is there entertainment?

Are there police present?

Are there any restricted areas?

Are there going to be fireworks?

Is there a Reserve Seating Area?

Who is the CherryT Ball Drop?

The Traverse City New Year's Eve CherryT Ball drop is a non-profit 501(c)4 organization (ID 45-2569263) that will hold an annual celebration on December 31, 2012. The non-profit organization raises money and collects non-perishable food items while people party for a purpose in Traverse City's own version of Time Square.


What does CherryT stand for?

CherryT is a play on words for Charity and the cherry, a symbol of the Traverse City region, which grows about 75% of the nations tart cherry crop each year.


How did the CherryT Ball Drop get started?

There was a small group of individuals that wanted to do something fun and give back at the same time. These volunteers continue to give significant amounts of time, money, and energy to make sure this event continues into the future.


Is this event crowded?

YES. If you don't like crowds – stay home!


What drops at midnight on New Year's Eve?

A lit Cherry of course.


Where is the celebration?

At the downtown intersection of Front Street and Cass Street in Traverse City, Michigan.


Who can attend the celebration?

Anyone is welcome. The intention is a family friendly event that all can enjoy. Please note that it is extremely crowded at this event.


Is alcohol available?

This is a family friendly event. Traverse City Ordinances and State of Michigan Laws do NOT allow open alcohol containers on city streets. Many nearby bars and restaurants would love to have you stop in for service.


When is the event?

Music and entertainment start at 9:30 pm on December 31st and run until just after midnight.


Is there a charge for the event?

Yes. A suggested admission donation of $3 or 3 non-perishable food items.


Where should we park?

Please park in the two available parking decks. The Larry C Hardy Deck is between Front St and State St, east of Park St and the Old Towne Parking Deck is between 7th St and 8th St, west of Cass. Both decks will stay open past midnight to accommodate drivers.


Are there any street closings we should be aware of?

At 4 pm on December 31, 2013, Cass Street will be closed between the Grandview Parkway and State Street. Also Front Street from Park St. to Union St. will be closed. The Clinch Park Marina public parking area will be closed as well.  The Cass Street under tunnel will be closed to pedestrian traffic. Please note there is no vehicle or pedestrian traffic allowed on Cass Street due to public safety zones for CherryT Ball Drop celebration.


If we are North of Front Street, how do we get to the CherryT Ball Drop?

If you park north of Front Street, you will need to walk West to Union Street or East to Park Street to access the Front Street celebration.


What about the public walkway over the bridge at the Farmer's market and between Pangea's Pizza and Kilwin's Chocolates?

This walkway will be open to the public.


What about the one way alley north and parallel to Front Street and east of Cass St?

Due to the closing at Cass St., this alley will be closed to traffic. Business and building owners/occupants will have access only. Please find an alternate route.


What about the two way alley that runs parallel just north of Front Street and west of Cass St?

Due to the closing at Cass St. this alley will have limited access off Union Street. Please find an alternate route.


What about parking in the Farmer's Market?

There is limited parking available. Cass St from Grandview Parkway to Front Street will be closed to car AND pedestrian traffic. Please use the public bridge and walkway or Union Street to access Front Street.


What about the Marina?

Clinch Park Marina public parking will be closed. The Cass Street tunnel will be closed to pedestrian traffic. Please use Union Street to access Front Street.


What about the Chamber of Commerce Building?

There is public limited parking available at the Chamber of Commerce building. However, Cass St will be closed to all pedestrian AND car traffic between the Grandview Parkway and Front Street. Please use Park Street to access Front Street.


What non-profits benefit from the festivities?

Goodwill Food Pantry and other charities nominated by the CherryT Ball Drop Board will benefit from donations raised.
Goodwill is a 501(c)3 non profit organization who strives to develop programs and services that improve peoples lives by fostering self-sufficiency, a hand up, not a hand out. Goodwill's goal is to assist individuals and families overcome barriers to independence.


How much did you raise?

Over the Last 4 years the equivalent of over 30,000 pounds of food has been donated to local food banks.


How far does the Cherry drop?

The cherry drops from over the downtown skyline starting at 115 ft. in the air to just above the stage backdrop.


What was last year's attendance?

The unscientific estimate was between 8,000 to 12,000 people attended. If you do NOT like crowds – stay home!


Are there public restrooms available?

There are port-a-potty restrooms available at each entrance to the event (Cass St and State St, Park St and Front St, and Union St. and Front St.) for those "have to go" emergencies. Due to crowds, port-a-potty restrooms are not able to be placed closer to the Cass St. and Front St. intersection. Note: it's cold, the port-a-potty restrooms are outdoors, and the seats are not heated – go before you come down.


Is there entertainment?

Yes. A lit stage, local acts, and a DJ bring in the new year with music and entertainment.


Are there police present?

Yes. The Traverse City Police Department and the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department will have several officers on hand to supervise the festivities.


Are there any restricted areas?

Yes. Please respect the yellow barricades for police access, fire exits, and fireworks safety zones required by local and state laws.


Are there going to be fireworks?

Yes, a short fireworks display is planned. If the wind is greater than 14 mph the fireworks display will be cancelled.


BATA Transportation

Bata will be picking people up from two parking areas:
1. Pick up from W. Middle School Parking Lot delivering people to Union and Pine Drop off.
2. Pick up from Civic Center Parking Lot, delivering people to Front and Park Drop off.

***Please remember your drop off site, this will also be the pick-up site to be returned to your vehicle.




How Can I Help?

Attend.
Come on down and Party for a Purpose. Give what you can, or give a can!

Volunteer.
We are looking for organization looking to fund raise. We need volunteers behind the scenes for set-up, clean-up, and work during the event. The CherryT Ball Drop will donate to your non-profit group, 4H club, or choir for your help.

Donate.
If you can't attend – you can donate online.

Share.
Spread the word about the great work our benefiting non-profits are doing every day!

Goodwill is a 501(c)3 non profit organization who strives to develop programs and services that improve peoples lives by fostering self-sufficiency, a hand up, not a hand out. Goodwill's goal is to assist individuals and families overcome barriers to independence.