If you didn't attend our Annual Gathering on June 30, 2010, you missed a pretty fun party! In addition to reporting on 2009, thanking our outgoing trustees, and introducing the incoming trustees, we also planned a special presentation, some surprise birthday gifts, and a sculpture unveiling in honor of the Frauenthal's 80th birthday. Read this article from the Chronicle if you want to find out the details of the event.
Here's what some others have said about the day:
"Fantastic to see such a
large turnout for the Foundation's event...As Tom [Harryman] noted in
his perfect "powerpoint" presentation . . . we live and work in a wonderful
section of the world. While we may all champion separate projects, our end goal
is the same. Keep spreading the word. I hear it every October from
visitors from around the globe . . . "This is a very cool
- Ron Pesch, champion of all things Buster Keaton
"Congrats to the Damfinos and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County on the unveiling of the new Buster
Keaton statue downtown! It is a great addition to the cityscape and a memorable
reminder of the arts legacy of Muskegon. Thanks also to the Community
Foundation for its support of our vibrant arts community--at its annual event
on Wednesday, Tom Harryman gave a beautiful, inspiring speech about the
Frauenthal and the arts in Muskegon, and seven arts organizations received
$8,000 each to spend within their organizations in honor of the Frauenthal
celebrating it's 80th birthday in 2010. Congratulations to all who received the
grants and thanks to Tom for reminding us why we are so passionate about our
- The Lakeshore Arts and Music Association
"Thank you. We are
still surprised and thrilled by the grant. I have my board actively coming up
with ideas on how we can contribute more to the community in our pursuit of
community concert band excellence for the enjoyment and enrichment of our
- Howard Meade, West Michigan Concert Winds
"Once again, oh my goodness, thank
you! I cannot believe that generosity of the Foundation and your
staff. We’ve been buzzing about it all
day in White
Lake- saw Judy from ACWL
this morning and we got to squeal together. Thanks once
- Cindy Beth Davis, Howmet Playhouse
"I still remember the $2,500 scholarship I received from a Community
Foundation donor that helped put me through my first year of Engineering School at Purdue. Great
- former scholarship recipient, from Facebook
"You guys sure know how to throw a party! I’m so sorry I
missed the celebration, but what a terrific surprise! We’re already
brainstorming like mad (mainly letting loose with some previously ‘shelved’
ideas) and having a great time speculating how to make the best use of the
grant. Thank you and the foundation so very
- Judy Wisniewski, Arts Council of White Lake
- Holly Hughes, via Facebook
- Martha Colburn, via Facebook
Pat Bard, a wife, mother, grandmother, business-woman, travel agent, teacher, and friend, passed away on May 21, 2010. Her husband of 53 years, Doug, visited with us recently to establish the Patricia A. Bard Nursing Scholarship Fund to honor her memory. They had talked of a scholarship fund in the past, and, toward the end of her fight against cancer, together chose the field of nursing as the focus. While Pat's career involved the world of business and travel, she and Doug both experienced first-hand the impact that caring, well-trained nurses can make. The scholarship fund in her name will make an impact, too, on the opportunities available to nursing students.
To learn more about our friend Pat Bard, you can read her life story.
Foundation Receives Largest Gift
An out-of-town physician with deep family ties to Muskegon is supporting the restoration of Muskegon Lake by creating a new $4 million fund at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.The unnamed donor created the foundation's Fund 2012 at the end of 2009. The $4 million gift is the largest ever received by the foundation. The Foundation, which received its first donation in 1971, had grown to $112 million at the end of last year.
The donor established Fund 2012 after lengthy research and investigation, according to foundation President Chris McGuigan. The strategy is to make a significant impact by spending the funds by 2012, with a majority of the grants expected to be focused on Muskegon.
Read the May 28, 2010 story in the Muskegon Chronicle here.
Rosaline M. Smith, a former Treasurer for the City of Muskegon, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2010. She and Darrell Smith, a longtime employee of the Muskegon Post Office, cared deeply for each other and shared more than 50 years of marriage. Music was something they loved and had very much in common. In 2005, Rose created the Darrell H. and Rosaline M. Smith Fund to honor her husband, who passed away in 1999, and to provide a helping hand to graduating seniors of any Muskegon County HS who have demonstrated academic achievement and will pursue a music degree.
Rose was a very special person who brightened our world. To read her life story, click here.
As a followup to the annual Organization Endowment Breakfast, the Foundation development staff invited nonprofit representatives to a live webinar on Wednesday, March 17. "Bequest Bootcamp - 10 Exercises You Can Do To Strengthen Your Bequest Program" was presented nationwide by Karen Gallardo, Senior Director of Gift Planning and Major Gifts at the AARP Foundation, and viewed locally in our boardroom.
As he left the presentation, Jim Reynolds of St. Paul's Episcopal Church commented "Great information - thanks for inviting me!" In a group discussion following the webinar, both Susan McGarry of Harbor Hospice and Marian McDermed of Big Brothers Big Sisters stated that there were a number of practical ideas that could be implemented right away. "The important thing here is that all of the area nonprofits need to be on message," said Bob Chapla, our VP Development. "Bequests from individuals like Charles Hackley, the most prominent Muskegon philanthropist, to Ruth Skwarek, a quiet school teacher, have made a tremendous difference in the quality of our lives here today. Promising to make a gift from your estate when you no longer need it - and telling the organization you're giving it to - is something most of us can do."
The Foundation development team plans to offer additional opportunities for area nonprofits to gather and learn while sharing ideas and strategies.
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