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2018-10-02 Print

Judy Zehnder Keller honored by Underground Railroad Inc. for community leadership

Judy Zehnder Keller honored by Underground Railroad Inc. for community leadership


Saginaw County, MI, October 2, 2018 – Judy Zehnder Keller, president of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, will be honored at Underground Railroad’s 3rd Annual Empowerment Dinner and Celebration on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Composer Room of the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center.

Zehnder Keller is being recognized for her community leadership and commitment to helping others. In particular, she has shown unyielding support of women in leadership throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. She has a long history with Underground Railroad, and has supported its mission to empower survivors and create a culture of safety and respect in Saginaw County. She employs many women and has heard first-hand stories from staff members who experienced physical and emotional abuse. She has also been witness to the strength and courage that survivors of abuse show when rebuilding their lives.

Zehnder Keller built her life on the foundation of service her parents began in the 1950s with the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. She officially began serving at the restaurant at the age of 15 and worked in a variety of roles, eventually creating the Bavarian Inn Lodge in 1986. Zehnder Keller is part of the third generation of Bavarian Inn Zehnders in the family business.

In addition to being president of the Lodge, Zehnder Keller is president of Frankenmuth Gift Shops Inc. and Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, which is celebrating 50 years of business this year.

Underground Railroad is the only provider of emergency shelter and programs for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human slavery in Saginaw County. Annually, over 4,000 families access services.

Underground Railroad is honored to recognize Judy Zehnder Keller for her community leadership and commitment to others by awarding her the 2018 Underground Railroad Empowerment Award.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge
Nestled along the Cass River in Frankenmuth is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom 18 hole indoor mini-golf course. Enjoy the two thrilling waterslides, four pools and three whirlpools throughout the hotel. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. With over 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at

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Contact Info
Sue Voyles
713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Phone: (734) 667-2005