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Welcome to the Alger Regional 

Community Foundation 

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2015 ANNUAL REPORT

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Grant Presentation, Bayshore Park
in Grand Marais, MI – Alger County

The Alger Regional Community Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life in Alger County.  

ARCF is a unique institution. It is a permanent, yet flexible, collection of endowment funds contributed by people from all walks of life who want to give something back and to make a difference in their community.

The principal of these funds remain intact forever.  The earnings generated from these endowment funds are  invested back into Alger County  in the form of grants. These grants tackle today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.

A donor is able to give to an endowment fund already established or establish their own endowment fund.

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Classical Tea in Grand Marais

Left Photo:  Grand Marais artist and musician, Nancy Weston-Hughes, delighted the audience with her solo and duet cello performances.  Center Photo:  Inga Banitt (with cello) and Wendy Larson (with violin) are both members of the Marquette Symphony and both teach cello and violin. They both played solo and duets.  Right Photo: Another entertaining duet was performed by Carolyn Bontrager on the recorder and Shirley Vanderaan on piano. This view was taken from the balcony, where several of the attendees enjoyed the music.

Twenty-five people joined together on Saturday, August 26, with Nancy Weston-Hughes at her home to enjoy a “Classical Tea”.

Musicians were Nancy and her cello teacher, Inga Banitt; Wendy Larson on violin; Shirley Vanderlaan on piano and Carolyn Bontrager on the recorder. Inga and Wendy both play in the Marquette Symphony and both teach cello and violin in Marquette. Both enjoyed their time in Grand Marais and are wanting to come again next year.

Judy Janney served as hostess and Sue Schlitt prepared and served tea and cookies. Being it was a beautiful day, attendees enjoyed conversation outside as well as in various locations in the house.

This event was made possible through the Alger Regional Community Foundation’s JEAN Grant and was for Grand Marais residents who do not have easy access to events like this.

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ALGER REGIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

GIVES 2017 SPRING GRANTS

SPRING GRANTS THREE

Pictured left to right: Corey Holcomb, Alger Marquette Community Action Board;  Karen Thorrington, ARCF Trustee/Treasurer; April Winkler, ARCF Trustee; Carmen Kee, Alger Co. Animal Shelter, Lead Animal Care Giver, and Maggie; Kim Moote, Trustee; Claudia VanLandschoot, City of Munising Beautification Program; Laura Travis, Women’s Center; Kris Lindquist, of Alger County Commission on Aging; Kristin Madigan, ARCF Trustee/Secretary; and Carol Eglsaer, Alger County Food Pantry.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation gave out the following grants during its 2017 Spring/Summer Granting Cycle:

The following grants were given during this year’s Spring/Summer Granting Cycle: (1) Alger Co. Food Pantry Fresh fruits for Families in Need Program;  (2) Superior Central Schools  Natural Resources and Watercraft Design Program:  To purchase tools necessary for natural resource monitoring and for building the solo canoes for each student;  (3) Burt Township Art-Food for the Soul Program:  To bring some needed art and cultural activities in the community; (4) Burt Township It’s A Stretch Program:  To Provide a healthy exercise alternative during the winter months for Seniors;  (5) Alger Marquette Community Action Board SPOT Vision Screener:  To purchase a new vision screening tool to identify potential vision issues in children ages 6 months to 5 years; (6) Alger County Commission on Aging Tai Chi for Arthritis Program; (7)  Women’s Central To provide support to Alger Co. victims of domestic violence; (8) Alger County Animal Shelter  Re-Design of the Cat Room working with the MPS Woods Class to design and create new outside cat area for recreation and play; (9) Great Munising Bay Association Market Walk – to provide monetary compensation to Farmers Market Vendors in exchange for tokens that were earned through participants walking miles to be used for purchasing fruits and vegetables; and  (10) City of Munising Downtown Development Authority  City Beautification Project:  To help present the City of Munising as a colorful and welcoming place to be.

In 2016, the Alger Regional Community Foundation gave $150,000 in grants to Alger County.

Check the Alger Regional Community Foundation website www.arcf.com for upcoming events, as well as upcoming grants and scholarships.  There are Grant and Scholarship Applications available online.  If you would like more information on making a donation to the Alger Regional Community Foundation, in a fund already established or to create your own fund, please call Karen Thorrington at 906-387-3900 or email ARCF at algercf@yahoo.com.

 

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ARCF Awards Grant to

Superior Central Schools

SUPERIOR CENTRAL

Superior Central Schools was recently awarded a grant from the Alger Regional Community Foundation for its Natural Resource Applications and Watercraft Design class.  The money will be used to purchase the tools necessary for natural resource monitoring and for building the solo canoes for each student.  Pictured are the students of the class and their teacher Mr. Tim Bliss.

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Free Photography Class for

Grand Marais Residents

 

Introduction to Photographic Composition with Paul Petersen (award-winning photographer) was held on September 11 at the Grand Marais Community Center, and tonight, September 19th at the Hurricane River Campground

These classes were made available through a grant from the Alger Regional Community Foundation JEAN Grant, and was for Grand Marais people who do not have easy access to classes such as these. We are most appreciative of their support for our community.

(Photo Courtesy:  Paul Peterson; Article, Courtesy: Grand Marais Pilot & Pictured Rocks Review).

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J.E.A.N. Fund Grant Monies

Awarded to Grand Marais

By Judy Janney

JEAN GRANT

Nancy Weston-Hughes (far right), a member of the Alger Regional Community Foundation Board, presents two checks to Burt Township Supervisor, Sheri Shafer (center) for Art and Senior Stretch Classes. Also pictured is Judy Janney, (far left) who helped write both grant applications. Katie Mead (not pictured) also helped write the grant for the Senior Stretch Program.  (Photo courtesy of the Grand Marais Pilot & Pictured Rocks Review)

Nancy Weston-Hughes, a member of the Alger Regional Community Foundation Board, presented Burt Township with two checks for recently awarded grants.  The J.E.A.N. grant is for $600 and will be used for five art classes for the town of Grand Marais this summer and fall.  This grant is specifically for art enrichment.  The second grant is for $500 and will cover the cost of two six-week sessions of Senior Stretch with Toni Whaley during the fall and winter.

Classes under the J.E.A.N. grant are:


Slab Works” a clay class with Nancy Weston-Hughes to be held July 18th at 1pm

Other classes, which will be held in August or September:

“The Magic of Watercolors” with Sharon Babbit

“Introduction to Photography Composition” with Paul Petersen

This class will be in two parts with classroom time first and a week later a photo op in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.


“Silk Wrap”
a silk scarf painting class with Paula Chuchvara

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addition to the classes, a “Classical Tea” will be presented on August 26 at 1 pm, with Nancy Weston-Hughes on cello and Shirley Vanderlaan on piano. This will take place at The Artist Den on M77 just south of Grand Marais. MUST be signed up! Space is limited!

Watch for times and dates in our local media. Sign-up sheets are available at The Marketplace. In some cases class size will be limited due to space or supplies.

Senior Stretch classes under this grant will be held during the fall and winter months.  These classes will provide healthy exercise during the colder times of the year when walking for exercise is not possible and will provide an opportunity for socialization.  This is a great opportunity to do something for your body.  The classes will be sponsored by the Women’s Club and will be led by Toni Whaley in the Community Center.  Please watch for Toni’s announcement in our local media for dates and times.

A special thank you to Alger Regional Community Foundation for these two wonderful grants for our town.  We are most grateful and will use them to their fullest.

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ALGER REGIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

GRANTS TO MPACKS PROGRAM

M-PACK THREE

The Alger Regional Community Foundation recently awarded a proactive grant to the MPacks Program.  MPacks is a backpack food program which aims to provide nutritious and easy-to-prepare food for students who may experience food insecurity over the weekend.  Supplemental bags of food are placed discreetly in the students’ backpacks to take home on Friday afternoons.  Pictured are Rae Bowerman representing the MPacks Program and Kris Madigan, Grant Committee Coordinator/Chair, representing the Alger Regional Community Foundation.

 

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ARCF Awards Grant to

Alger Wellness Coalition Market Walk Program

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Pictured left to right: Karen Thorrington, ARCF Trustee/Treasurer; April Winkler, ARCF Trustee; Vicki Ballas, Health and Nutrition Program Instructor, MSU Extension; and David Wesoloski, Community Health Educator.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation gave out a grant to the Alger Wellness Coalition Market Walk Program to provide monetary compensation to Farmers Market Vendors in exchange for tokens that were earned through participants walking miles at the Munising Tribal Health Center. The tokens participants earn are exchanged for fruits and vegetables at the Farmers Market. This program is available to all throughout the community and encourages healthy eating and exercise habits. All are invited to attend. In 2016, the Alger Regional Community Foundation gave $150,000 in grants to Alger County. Check the Alger Regional Community Foundation website www.algercf.com for upcoming events, as well as upcoming grants and scholarships. There are Grant and Scholarship Applications available online. If you would like more information on making a donation to the Alger Regional Community Foundation, in a fund already established or to create your own fund, please call Karen Thorrington at 906-387-3900 or email ARCF at algercf@yahoo.com.

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A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND DONORS OF THE ARCF 15TH ANNUAL YOUTH MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

VOR DEM EINLOCHEN

GOLF TOURNAMENT THANK YOU AD

 

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RE/MAX SUPERIORLAND’S DONATION ENABLES THE ALGER REGIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TO EXCEED ITS YEAR-END-GIVING CAMPAIGN GOAL  –  ARCF THANKS COMMUNITY AND ITS MANY DONORS

 

RE-MAX DONATION 2016 YEAR END GIVING CAMPAIGN TWO

Pictured Front Left to Right:  Craig Johnson, Re/Max Superiorland; Amy Schieding, Re/Max Superiorland; Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Secretary; Karen Thorrington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Treasurer.  Back Row, Left to Right:  Marty Pokela, Re/Max Superiorland; Matthew Beaupied, Re/Max Superiorland; Steve Nebel, Re/Max Superiorland; and Don Willson, Re/Max Superiorland

RE/MAX Superiorland’s agents donated funds to support the Alger Regional Community Foundation in their Year-End Giving Campaign.  The donation from RE/MAX Superiorland supports the Community Foundation’s operations.  RE/MAX agents contribute to a fund from each closing they have.  They then use the funds to help out areas of need within our community.

The Alger Regional Community exceeded its $10,000 Year-End Giving Campaign goal by many wonderful donations from the community, ARCF supporters and businesses, including RE/MAX Superiorland’s donation.  ARCF would like to thank its many donors giving to the Year-End Giving Campaign.

In 2016, the Foundation granted approximately $150,000.   The Community Foundation is run on a volunteer basis and operates under $15.00 per day.

The following grants were given to Alger County in 2016: (1) Alger Co. Food Pantry –  To purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local stores to be given out to clients of the Alger Community Food Pantry for families in need; (2) Alger Parks and Recreation Department – Gaga (Form of Dodge Ball Played with a Soft Foam Ball) Outside Fun, Octagonal Pit. A fun and easy game all ages can play (3) Bay Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America – Purchase of Boat Motor to provide access to the 53-acre Bunting Camp at Lake Hiawatha enhancing opportunities for merit badges in: Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management and Nature (4) Grand Marias Gets Looped Program – To make the Grand Marais Frank W. Mead Community Center & the Library accessible to the hard of hearing population by providing a looped system. (5) MSU Community Tool Library – Provision of tools and training for on-farm workshops and classroom visits (6) Munising Baptist Computer Lab – To purchase new computer towers – expanding students’ knowledge of typing, media relations and evolving computer technology (7) MBTN Trail Kids Program – To purchase safety gear and youth mountain bikes to enable the MBTN volunteers to offer a free six-week instruction program for Alger County Youth (8) Munising Public Schools Baby Think It Over Program – To provide students of MHS the opportunity to experience being the sole provider for an infant simulator    (9) Watershed Partnership– To provide funds to deploy, retrieve and maintain 3 observation buoys in Lake Superior on an annual basis (10) Mather Chrome in Classroom – To purchase chrome book computers for the third grade (two for each classroom) (11) Women’s Center – To provide support to Alger Co. victims of domestic violence (12) City of Munising – City Beautification Project made each year through the Richard Wm. Nebel Endowment Fund (13) Is It the Right Time to Write Program (Burt Township) Celebrating local writers & to provide opportunities for creative writing in the community – grant given from the J.E.A.N. Fud; (14) Liberty Children’s Art Project, To provider two full days of Art Curriculum to the AuTrain-Onota Schools;   (15) Alger Parks and Recreation Department – To create an outdoor beach volleyball pit in the Robert McQuisten Park in Munising.  (16) Munising Public Schools, Superior Central Schools, Burt Township Schools, Onota Township Schools, Munising Baptist School,  MSU Extension and Alger Parks & Rec. Dept.  Youth Memorial Endowment Fund – Youths in need programs.

Check out the Alger Regional Community Foundation website www.algercf.com for information on applying for Grants and Scholarships, as well as information on upcoming events. There are Grant and Scholarship Applications available online. The Foundation also accepts donations made through PayPal on its website.

If you would like more information on making a donation to the Alger Regional Community Foundation, in a fund already established or to create your own fund, please call our office at 906-387-3900 or e-mail us at algercf@yahoo.com.

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2016 SPRING SUMMER GRANTS GIVEN

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Pictured left to right:  Front Row:  Honoree, Richard Wm. Nebel, Leah McFarland and Ashley McFarland, MSU; Michele Curtis  of the Boy Scouts; Danny Graves, Munising Baptist School; and Rhonda Lassila, MBTN. Back Row:  Karen Thorrington, ARCF Treas.; Cathy Weymouth, Alger Comm. Food Pantry; Laura Travis, Women’s Center; Jolene Hetherington, ARCF President/Mather Elementary; April Winkler, ARCF Trustee; Kristin Madigan, ARCF Trustee; Sue Maxon, Alger Parks & Rec; Charles Nebel, Honoree; and Barb Trombley, Superior Watershed Partnership.

 

  1. Alger Co. Food Pantry To purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local stores to be given out to clients of the Alger Community Food Pantry for families in need;
  2. Alger Parks and Recreation Department – Gaga (Form of Dodge Ball Played with a Soft Foam Ball) Outside Fun, Octagonal Pit. A fun and easy game all ages can play.
  3. Bay Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America – Purchase of Boat Motor to provide access to the 53-acre Bunting Camp at Lake Hiawatha enhancing opportunities for merit badges in: Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management and Nature
  4. Grand Marias Gets Looped Program – To make the Grand Marais Frank W. Mead Community Center & the Library accessible to the hard of hearing population by providing a looped system.
  5. MSU Community Tool Library – Provision of tools and training for on-farm workshops and classroom visits.
  6. Munising Baptist Computer Lab – To purchase new computer towers – expanding students’ knowledge of typing, media relations and evolving computer technology.
  7. MBTN Trail Kids Program – To purchase safety gear and youth mountain bikes to enable the MBTN volunteers to offer a free six-week instruction program for Alger County Youth
  8. Munising Public Schools Baby Think It Over Program – To provide students of MHS the opportunity to experience being the sole provider for an infant simulator.
  9. Watershed Partnership– To provide funds to deploy, retrieve and maintain 3 observation buoys in Lake Superior on an annual basis.
  10. Mather Chrome in Classroom– To purchase chrome book computers for the third grade (two for each classroom).
  11. Women’s Center– To provide support to Alger Co. victims of domestic violence
  12. City of Munising – City Beautification Project

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2015 FALL & WINTER GRANTS

FALL GRANTS 1.16 

Pictured Above Are (Left to Right):  Jolene Hetherington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee, Lisa Cromell, Munising Hockey Association, Elise Bunce, LMAS District Health Department; Karen Thorrington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Treasurer; and Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Secretary.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation has two grant cycles each year.  In 2015, the Foundation granted approximately $150,000.

The following grants were given during the 2015 Fall Granting Cycle:   Munising Hockey Association, supporting the Pay for Ice Time to City Program; LMAS District Health Department, funding to purchase books for distribution through the Alger County Baby (ABC) Closet Program; Friends of the Munising Public Library, to aid in supporting the Reach Out and Read Program; and Alger County Youth, Leadership Training Program.

The Fall Grant Cycle which ended on October 1st is designated for youth programs.  There are Grant and Scholarship Applications available online.

The Foundation also accepts donations made through PayPal on its website.  If you would like more information on making a donation to the Alger Regional Community Foundation, in a fund already established or to create your own fund, please call our office at 906-387-3900 or e-mail us at algercf@yahoo.com.

 

 2015 Spring/Summer Grants

SPRING 2015 GRANTS 

Pictured Above Are:  Front Row Left to Right:  Suzette Carberry and Vicki Ballas, Munising Public Schools Hoop House Project; Claudia VanLandschoot, City of Munising Beautification Project; Morgan and Rachel Flynn, Munising Public Schools Peer-to-Peer Program.  Back Row Left to Right: Karen Thorrington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Treasurer; April Winkler, Alger Regional Community Foundation; Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation Secretary; Hillary Pine, Curator, Alger County Historical Society, Environmental Monitoring and Collection Management Program;  Deidra Cook, Munising Public Schools Peer-to-Peer Program.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation has two grant cycles each year.  Last year the Foundation granted $130,000 to Alger County.

The following grants were given during the 2015 Spring/Summer Granting Cycle:  (1) Burt Twp. Schools, Gr. Marias Community Chorus – Project High Rise – To promote and present music in and by Burt Township Community and Burt Township Schools; (2) Alger Co. Hist. Society, Collection Management Improvement:  Inventory, Environmental Monitoring and Youth Volunteer Engagement Program; (3)   Alger Parks & Recreation Department, To Keep the FUN & Fitness Going in Central Community Center Program; (4) Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America, To enhance High Adventure Mountain Bike Programs – Adding 5 New Mountain Bikes and Helmets for Alger County Scouts; (5) Munising Middle/High School, Peer-to-Peer Program – Incentive Events for Youth; (6) City of Munising, City Beautification Project; (7) Munising Public School, Hoop House Project to Purchase Tools and a watering system; (8) International Lions Club Program To Provide An Opportunity for Alger Co. Youth & Community members To Work Together for the Improvement of the Community Building.

2014 Summer Grants

In 2014, your Community Foundation gave out over $130,00.00 in Grants, while operating under a low daily budget of approximately $20.00 per day, to the following programs in Alger County:

Alger Parks & Rec, Superior Central Schools, Grand Marais Music in the Air Program, Munising Bay Quilt Guild, D.A.R.E., Frank Mead Community Center Project in Grand Marais, Life of Lake Superior Program, Camp New Day for Youth, Munising Bay Trail Network, Superior Central Drama Organization, Cougar/Mustang Softball & Baseball Program, Munising Public Schools, Above the Influence Program for Youth, First Lutheran Church of Gr. Marais.

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