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Champion Diversified Industries Inc. Moves To Downtown Bay City!

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March 8, 2009       2 Comments
By: MyBayCity Staff

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There's a new "firecracker" in town, meet Heather Bauman, President of Champion Diversified Industries Inc.
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Heather Bauman, 28, President and Owner of Champion Diversified Industries Inc., has a passion, to help others and give back to the community. Two and a half years ago, Heather purchased Champion Diversified Industries Inc., a company in existence for over twenty six years, dedicated to working with non-profits and their events.

"It's beautiful, were a for-profit agency working for and with non-profits," says Bauman.

Champion Diversified Industries Inc. recently had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce welcoming them to Downtown Bay City!
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Bauman's sales and marketing passion came through her education from Northwood University in Management and Advertising degrees. Her Management staff is young and vibrant, ranging in age from 28 to 34. Shawn Doyle 34, is the Sales Account Manager and Josh Sharrow, 23, is the Sales & Marketing Director for CDI. Heather Sharrow, Operations Director for CDI is the wife of Josh.

Pictured (L/R) are Josh Sharrow, Sales & Marketing Director and Shawn Doyle, Sales Account Manager
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CDI's main focus is networking and talking to those organizations in need. They spend their advertising dollars in the old-school, face-to-face manner by involving themselves in many area organizations, attending events and being available to the public 24/7 exploring new ideas to give back to the community.

"Michigan may be hurting right now, but if people pull together and learn from others mistakes we can be ahead of the curve. Our focus remains to get those hurting, back on their feet," says Bauman.

Champion Diversified Industries Inc., raises funds for many organizations such as the blind, veterans, cancer victims, children and more. CDI hosts two Christmas parties in Michigan annually in conjunction with the Marine Corp. League Department of MI and American Legion Post 18 for VA hospitals, one in Saginaw and one in Grand Rapids.

"Our company is an established entity with fresh faces who are all go-getter, young people who share the same passion as I do. We all understand the importance of growing our community and giving back to it," says Bauman. Ms. Bauman and her crew also understand the importance of volunteer work throughout the community. CDI is involved in many events such as the Pheasant Shoot for Bay Medical Foundation, Brian's House, Lions Club, American Legions, Bay County Fair, Moose Lodges and more.

"We not only focus on raising money for these entities, but realize it is crucial to volunteer in the communities we serve as well," says Bauman.

Bauman is a member of the Young Professional Network, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitors, Michigan Festivals and Events Association and much more!

Champion Diversified Industries Inc., works with many entities not only throughout the state of Michigan, but throughout the entire United States striving to generate money and bringing it back to our community.

Champion Diversified Industries Inc., does not only work with non-profits, but with for-profit corporations as well to enhance existing promotional events and creation of future ones. This young crew shows excellence on idea generation, a light bulb of excitement to something that may be stagnant.

Champion Diversified Industries Inc. Marketing and Sales Office is located at 717 Washington Ave. in Downtown Bay City, next to Jimmy John's! Their Main Office is located at 3461 E. North Union Rd. in Bay City
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This enthusiastic group of young professionals all have a personal story to coincide with their passion to give back to the communities they serve.

Heather Bauman, President of CDI, had endured the wrath of cancer in her family with her younger brother at the tender age of ten. Her brother, suffering from a brain tumor, had medical expenses above and beyond the scope of a savings account. Heather recalls the days in which the community, as well as the health care industry in Ann Arbor would assist her family in the form of social workers, churches bringing baskets to her family at Christmas time and more.

"You can have the best insurance in the world, but when your family goes through something like this, it's difficult to see the struggle to make ends meet. With overwhelming community support, my brother made it through his battle. After that experience, I just could not see myself doing anything else but giving back," said Bauman.

Heather lost another brother at a very young age and her mother is currently suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

Josh Sharrow, Sales & Marketing Director lost his father at the tender age of nine in an ATV accident, of which, he was riding on with his father when he passed.

Shawn Doyle, Sales Account Manager has a personal and tragic health story to tell as well. Shawn was born with absolutely no abdominal muscles. The rare condition is known as Prune Belly Syndrome and he is one of only two people in the entire state of Michigan with the disease. He has endured numerous surgeries over the years on his heart and kidneys.



As you can see, this group of individuals have been there, seen it, lived it and are driven by it!

Champion Diversified Industries, Inc., is helping to organize a Kingfish Comedy Night Fundraiser at the Kingfish Restaurant on March 29, 2009. Tickets are on sale for $20.00 each. All tickets will include a full buffet, live auction, non-alcoholic beverages, and comedian. A portion of the proceeds will help in assisting Ryan's Grandparents in the day to day costs involved with raising a child with cancer.

Ryan Burpee is an extraordinary child who at only 6 years old is battling a life threatening disease. Ryan had been complaining of stomach pains in April 2008. Doctors initially thought he had the stomach flu. But after weeks of vomiting, doctors found lumps in his stomach. He was immediately transferred to Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan where doctors later diagnosed him with Burkitt's lymphoma. Burkitt's lymphoma, is a form of stomach cancer, commonly found in children.

In October 2008 Ryan's grandparents, Bob & Joyce Burpee, became his legal guardians. Bob & Joyce spend every moment of every day focused on Ryan and his health.

Ryan has to undergo five-day chemotherapy sessions in Ann Arbor every three weeks. His blood is drawn every Monday and Thursday to ensure his platelet and white blood cell counts are adequate. The condition is serious, but Ryan does his best not to let it affect his everyday life.

Champion Diversified is also hosting a Murder Mystery Night at Rattlesnake Ricks April 18th, benefiting Ryan Burpee & His Family.

Champion Diversified Industries, Inc. (CDI) is a privately owned, Michigan based company that specializes in Event Management. Champion Diversified has been known to produce high quality, professional events while simultaneously involving local community organizations, activities, and service groups. CDI also provides entertainment for local fairs, festivals, weddings, private parties and more. They are able to provide DJ/Karaoke, Bands, Emcee's, Stunt Bike Riders, Frisbee Dogs, Tribute Acts, and other professional entertainment. The entertainers they use are committed to supporting local causes and our community, by offering a donation back to local non-profit organizations.

CDI is focused on bringing new business to Bay County, they are dedicated to pledging a portion of our proceeds to local non-profits, they are proud to expand their current business to downtown Bay City, and they are determined to help our local economy by living, working, playing, and raising our families right here in Bay City.

MyBayCity along with affiliate, MyTriCityNews.com welcomes CDI as the Main Sponsor for event coverage! Champion Diversified Industries Inc. can be reached at 1-800-686-0550 or visit their website at CDI Website



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Marlo Leveling says:       On March 17, 2009 at 09:37 AM
We have just been made aware by our Event sponsor, Champion Diversified Industries that Ryan Burpee is not doing well down in Ann Arbor. He could use our readers prayers and CDI would appreciate people purchasing tickets to a fundraiser for this young boy. This family is struggling to continue the fight for their grandchild.

Ryan Burpee is an extraordinary child who at only 6 years old is battling a life threatening disease. Ryan had been complaining of stomach pains in April 2008. Doctors initially thought he had the stomach flu. But after weeks of vomiting, doctors found lumps in his stomach. He was immediately transferred to Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan where doctors later diagnosed him with Burkitt's lymphoma. Burkitt's lymphoma, is a form of stomach cancer, commonly found in children.


Champion Diversified Industries, Inc., is helping to organize a Kingfish Comedy Night Fundraiser at the Kingfish Restaurant on March 29, 2009. Tickets are on sale for $20.00 each. All tickets will include a full buffet, live auction, non-alcoholic beverages, and comedian. A portion of the proceeds will help in assisting Ryan's Grandparents in the day to day costs involved with raising a child with cancer.

The CDI group is in Ann Arbor visitng the family today, therefore, if you are interested in purchasing a ticket to his fundraiser, you may contact us at (989) 992-8085, we have some available at the request of CDI.

Tomorrow, or thereafter, you may contact President CDI, Heather Bauman directly at (989) 992-9989
Anonymous Says:       On April 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM
Sadly, Ryan Scott Burpee Jr. lost his battle with Lymphoma the day before the fundraiser at Kingfish. I would like to give my condolences to the family, that cared for and loved Ryan so very much...

Our beloved Ryan, age 6, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Motts Children's Hospital after a valiant fight with Lymphoma. He was born June 7, 2002 in Bay City. Ryan enjoyed playing with is Hot Wheel cars and playing video games with his family and friends.
Surviving are his parents, Ryan, Sr. and Stacey (Commire) Burpee; grandparents: Bob (Joyce) Burpee, Betty Walter, and Cindy (Ken) Commire, many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The Family would like to thank all the nurses, staff, and volunteers at Mott's Children's Hospital 7th floor for their kind, caring hearts and love they gave Ryan and his family.
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