More than 535 people came out to the annual Hammer Family Day Picnic Saturday, Sept. 17.

The event acts as a salute to summer and a way to bring together people connected by Hammer for a party. The festivities included food, music, face painting and games.

Through a variety of services, Hammer helps people with intellectual disabilities live life to its fullest. Visit for more information.


Amanda Schwarze is a Lakeshore reporter who is passionate about local government and nonprofit projects. She is thoughtful and independent. Amanda loves traveling, cooking and spending time with her boyfriend and their two cats (Buddy Guy and Spotacus).