The Traverse City community is rallying behind a longstanding advocate for local school music programs and a fixture with the National Cherry Festival.
Mel Gee entered Munson Hospice House yesterday. He has no immediate family and he only has enough money for one week of hospice care, according to a member of First Congregational Church.
The church is accepting donations on Gee’s behalf. Money he doesn’t need for care will go into a music scholarship. The amount raised in the first 24 hours is not immediately available, but an event on Facebook calling for donations and offering public updates on Gee's condition has gone viral.
Mel Gee is 85. Church member Marlene Speelman is writing public updates on Gee’s condition here.