Treat on Gala: 'What a place, what a thing'

PLYMOUTH — Longtime Marshall County businessman Budd Treat and his wife Ajean were the recipients of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center’s annual “Catch the Spirit” award, presented Friday at a gala at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth.
The award is presented each year by SJRMC to Marshall County residents who exemplify the spirit of the organization—identified as passionate giving, enthusiastic service, and tenacious vision.
Gary Treat, Budd and Ajean’s son, shared some early memories of growing up in Marshall County while his parents begun their men’s and formal wear business, Treat’s Squire Shop.
“My parents raised three sons and also managed to run a small business in a small town for nearly 46 years now,” said Gary. “Together, we have grown Treat’s into what it is now — one of the most respected men’s shops in the Midwest.”
Gary introduced his parents, who came to the stage and accepted their award before Bud took the microphone to say a few words.
“Marshall County has been a great place to live with family, believe me,” said Budd. “We thank everyone for the support from this community — what a place.”
He continued, “It’s only been 46 years, and I’ve got a few more years to go.”
Also speaking was John J. Oliver, Sr., chair of SJRMC’s board of directors. Oliver said that the Treat family is a great example of excellent entrepreneurship, and commitment to one’s community. He also praised their “unparalleled impact” on Plymouth and the rest of the county during their years in business.
All proceeds from Friday’s event will go to support SJRMC Plymouth’s healthcare services for uninsured patients in Marshall County. In 2011, the Plymouth campus of the organization provided more than $1.76 million in programs and services for uninsured patients. Services like free medical care, prescription medication assistance, transportation, mobile healthcare screenings, and health fairs assisted more than 3,000 patients last year. This is a one of the organization’s self-proclaimed core values.