A fundraiser for John Althouse is set for Sunday, November 30 at the Wooden Nickel.

The fundraiser will include a silent auction, 50/50 raffles and a chili competition. Tickets to eat the chili are $5. Live music will be provided by Last Chance band from 8-11 p.m.. The Wooden Nickel will also donate 25 percent of sales from 3-9 p.m. to Althouse.

althouse wooden nickelThe 47-year-old Marquette resident survived a massive stroke on November 1 and was sent to Marquette General’s intensive care unit. He stayed there for a while before transferring to an assisted stay program in Ishpeming. Althouse will stay in his current location until he can handle three hours of physical therapy a day, according to his son Patrick.

Patrick said that his father’s situation is improving slightly.

“(He is) awake and active most of the day, but verbal communication and motor skills aren’t really there yet,” Patrick said. “Shows improvement everyday but it’s really slow.”

Most people know him by his nickname “House” throughout different bars in Marquette. Sometimes he helps certain bars with security when needed, but usually has a big smile on his face and happy to talk with almost anyone.

Althouse grew up in a military family as his father was a Navy officer. He went to the University of Michigan for naval architecture and played as an offensive lineman for the Wolverines at the same time San Francisco 49’ers head coach Jim Harbaugh played there.

Althouse has lived in Marquette for 14 years and runs Marinette Yachts, which specializes in parts and service for boats and builds custom-made vessels.

He has three children, sons Taylor and Patrick and daughter Emma.

Wooden Nickel manager Amanda Noordyk helped set up the fundraiser as well as the Go Fund Me page for Althouse.

“If you know John, you know he’s a kind and generous man,” Noordyk said. “He’s a supportive, loving father & a very good friend to many.”

The Wooden Nickel typically has a chili competition once a year but will coincide with the benefit fundraiser. Doors will open at noon and chili must be entered by 3 p.m. to be judged. The silent auction winners will be announced during the halftime of the Packers-Patriots game.


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