Catalyst Awards honor worthy businesses, individuals in county

Congratulations to the four honorees presented with 2017 Catalyst Awards by the Community Foundation of Marquette County at its annual celebration Tuesday night.

The Catalyst Award is given to people, organizations, and businesses, based on demonstrated commitment to the Marquette County community through volunteerism or philanthropy, a CFMC press release states.

This year’s honorees certainly live up to those qualities.

Tadych’s Econo Foods was chosen to receive the Business Catalyst Award. Through its We Share program, Tadych’s has distributed more than $1 million as 1 percent of Econo Foods receipts turned in goes to these organizations.

“Our company firmly believes that what goes around comes around and being a community minded business is important,” Econo Foods manager Zach Quinnell said.

The Service Club or Organization Catalyst Award was earned by Cancer Care of Marquette County which according to its mission, facilitates programs for the public concerning cancer and helps cancer patients in the county who need financial assistance, support, and understanding.

Countless individuals and families have been aided by Cancer Care of Marquette County already and many, many more no doubt will benefit from its kindness.

The Youth Catalyst Award went to Thomas Ziegler, a freshman at Michigan Tech who is a Negaunee High School alumnus. Ziegler was recognized for “taking his talents and family upbringing and turning them into service for others,” the release states.

Ziegler not only plays trumpet for his church and for the Negaunee City Band, he volunteers to help with maintenance of local ski trails and assisted with the Superior Alliance for Independent Living.

Peter Zenti received the Individual Catalyst Award this year for being instrumental in the creation of hiking trails throughout north Marquette within the Dead River Watershed.

The CFMC release said Zenti’s dedication stems from the belief that recreating outdoors is critical to health and wellness.

“Peter firmly believes that he needs to give something back to the community that did so much for him during his career. He wanted to leave a permanent legacy of gratitude,” the release states. “Peter inspires others by his example though tireless and unselfish efforts to lift up the whole Marquette County community.”

All Catalyst Award recipients are first nominated by CFMC committee members with recipients of the awards determined by members of the CFMC committee. The winners have had a positive impact on the Marquette County community over a period of time and demonstrated humility in their efforts to improve life for the residents of Marquette County communities.

“They serve to inspire others by their example (be a catalyst) through their tireless and unselfish efforts to volunteer and/or be a benefactor to the community,” the release states.

Indeed. Congrats to the winners and thanks to the Community Foundation of Marquette County for shining a light on these people and organizations.