Community service comes from the heart. It is done because it is something one believes in. It is an act of returning that which you receive from the community and sharing those resources, both of time and money, with others. Community service ranges from helping an elderly neighbor get their groceries to donating thousands of dollars for a new community recreation building; and everything in between. Most people perform services somewhere between those two extremes, yet sadly many people don’t. Cup of the Day and its owner Anthony Stackpoole believe strongly in giving back to his community. Without the support of this community, I wouldn’t be able to help in the many ways that I do.
Although the list below, by no means contains a complete listing of businesses that give back to the community, it is a listing of companies which, I believe, go above and beyond. Please do not be offended if your business is not listed. If you notice from this list, almost all are small independently owned companies do give back to their communities. Small businesses such as these provide jobs, spur growth, help the economy and build a sense of togetherness within this community. The entire concept of the ‘American Dream’ begins with ownership and entrepreneurial enterprise.
With this, I ask that when you consider making a purchase, please consider what the business gives back to the community.
Throughout each year, Cup of the Day gives back to the community in many ways. Below is a sampling of organizations and events that have received gifts and/or contributions since Cup of the Day opened in 1997; most on a reoccurring yearly basis.
We are all so busy, yet we find time to give even a more valuable resource than money or things, our time. Below is a list of various activities & organizations which receive volunteer time & resources from Tony, Judy & our staff. I’d like to thank my friends within the community which support my business which in turn allows me to give to our community.
• Tony serves on the Chippewa County Historical Society Board of Directors since early 2003.
• Tony served six years on the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 1999-2005. He Chaired the Chamber Economic Development Committee.
• Tony served by appointment on the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority as a member and then served as Chairman.
• Tony helps Doctor Tom Robinson and the Light Bulb committee change bulbs in the trees downtown twice a year since 1995.
• Tony was a member of the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club and volunteered to be a Team Captain for one term.
• Tony served by appointment on the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning Commission.
• Tony serves by appointment on the Chippewa County Board of Canvass and is currently the Chairman.
• Tony organized & supervised the re-lighting of the Historic American Flag Landmark which sits atop 115 Ashmun Street, which is now owned by The Chippewa County Historical Society. This is a valuable piece of local history.
• Tony was one of the original members of the Soo Locks Festival Board of Directors.
• Tony is the Secretary of the Chippewa County Right to Life since 2001. • Tony was the driving force in implementing the Hyett-Palma Downtown study of Sault Ste. Marie; which in turned hired a Downtown Manager for the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
• Tony was on the original Executive Steering Committee of the Sault Theatre Project.
• Cup of the Day is a member of the Downtown Business Association and Tony has served as Vice-Chairman.
• Tony has served on many local, state and national political campaigns.
• Tony is the current Chairman of the Chippewa County Republican Party and serves as a County & State Delegate.
• Tony is a member of the Bush 2004 Michigan Re-election Committee and Co-Chair of the U.P. Committee.
• Tony has volunteered time with: the Soo Locks Festival; Music in the Park; Downtown Fall-Festival & Trick-or-Treating; Downtown Christmas Festival; 4th of July Activities;
• Tony is currently serving as an elected Member from the First District Michigan GOP State Committee.
• Tony is a Co-Founder of Northern Michigan Liberty Alliance, www.upliberty.com
• Tony is the Founder of the Sault Ste. Marie, MI Tea Party • Tony was a 2004 RNC National Convention Alternate Delegate, New York.
• Tony was the 2004 Bush Re-Election Committee MI 1st District Regional Co-Chair
• Tony received the RNC Team Leader Award, 2004. – (only 2 honored per state.)
• Tony is a Member of the National Republican Party.
• Tony is a Member of the Michigan Republican Party. He is also a member of the 1st District Executive Committee.
• Tony is a member of the Chippewa County Republican Party. He has served as the Chippewa County Republican Party Chairman since 2002. He has also served as the Chippewa County Republican Party Treasurer. He has been elected State & County Delegate as well as being an elected Precinct Delegate from both the City of Sault Ste. Marie and Soo Township.
• Tony is a graduated Fellow from the MSU Michigan Political Leadership Program, Class of 2003.
• Tony prepared a meal for President and Mrs. George Bush and Michigan Governor John Engler in 1992 while working at the Ojibway Hotel in Sault Ste. Marie.
• Tony was a 2006 DeVos for Governor Election Committee County Chair.
• Tony has assisted or volunteered on numerous county, state and federal elections & ballot initiatives.
• Tony is a Life Member of the NRA.
• Tony is a Member of the Chippewa County Shooting Association.
• Tony has been and/or currently a member of: Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobiling Association; Chippewa County Historical Society; Michigan Federation of Independent Businesses; Sault Area Chamber of Commerce; Michigan Right to Life; BPOE #552; Loyal Order of Moose #717; Chippewa County Right to Life; Chippewa County Historical Society; Knights of Columbus #649.