MARQUETTE - The Marquette West Rotary Foundation awarded grants to 18 community organizations in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Landmark Inn.
Grant money was based on the $33,350 raised during the 2013 Harbor Fest. The criteria for the awards were service to children, seniors, or other vulnerable or underprivileged members of the community, as well as the needs of the program and other sources of funding, said MWRF President Greg Gustafson.
"Every penny we generate we distribute back to the community, and (Harbor Fest) is our only fundraiser of the year," Gustafson said. "We have members that spend 12 months of the year putting this together. And then I get to give it all away."
Phyllis Loonsfoot, right, accepts a grant from Foundation President Greg Gustafson for the Marquette Women’s Center and Harbor House in Marquette to be used for its Supportive Housing Services Project, including utility assistance, moving expenses, transportation assistance and more. (Journal photo by Mary Wardell)
Gustafson said the amount the foundation is able to give away varies greatly from year to year.
"A couple years ago, we had about $30,000," he said. "We give away everything we get, but we only give away what we have."
Grant recipients were Marquette Alternative High School, AMCAB Meals on Wheels, the American Association of University Women, the American Red Cross, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America Hiawatha Council, Camp Newday U.P., Cancer Care of Marquette County, Girl Scouts, Janzen House, Marquette Junior Hockey, Peter White Public Library, 2014 Sports Training Camp, Superiorland Soccer Association, Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, the YMCA, the Women's Center/Harbor House and 8-18 Media Group.
Harbor Fest 2014 will take place Aug. 22-23, with events including live music by Chicago-based band, Bumpus, and AC/DC tribute band Night Prowler, as well as food tents, craft beer and wine, a classic car show, fishing tournament and inflatable games for kids, among other things. Admission is free both days.
Mary Wardell can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248.