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Funds granted: Huron Mountain Club gives $56K to nonprofits, including several with youth focus

Powell Township School students are shown putting on a school play. The school has received donations from the Huron Mountain Club, including this year, to benefit programming. Other organizations received funds from the club as well. (Photo courtesy of Powell Township School)

MARQUETTE — The Community Foundation of Marquette County, on behalf of the Huron Mountain Club Fund, has announced $56,000 in grants and awards to nonprofits in Marquette County.

Several Big Bay organizations received support as well as other local nonprofits, including Bay Cliff Health Camp, Powell Township Elementary School, Powell Township EMT, Powell Township Fire Department, Peter White Public Library, Yellow Dog Watershed Partnership and Trillium House.

Clare Lutgen, executive director of Bay Cliff Health Camp, expressed the importance of the funding from the Huron Mountain Club Fund, particularly now.

“The rapid development and delivery of Bay Cliff Virtual Camp 2020 demonstrated Bay Cliff Health Camp’s resilience and commitment to service,” Lutgen said. “The Bay Cliff staff is currently hard at work developing robust 2021 programming options that can be adapted to any situation while keeping therapy central to our work.

“Support from the Huron Mountain Club and the community foundation will help us ensure that children living with a disability will receive life-changing, individualized therapy within a community composed of their peers and caring adults.”

Jill Bevins, superintendent of Powell Township Schools, also noted the importance of the support from the fund, especially this year:

“Powell Township School has benefited tremendously over the years because of the generous donations from the Huron Mountain Club,” Bevins said. “We have been able to provide a variety of enrichment activities, ranging from school/community dramatic productions to ski outings for our student population.”

She noted the funds currently have helped the school through the COVID-19 pandemic by providing enhancements for internet connectivity for distance learning for staff and students.

“Ongoing support from the Huron Mountain Club and the community foundation will enable us to continue to provide the best possible education for all our students,” Bevins said. “We are very grateful for the impact this fund has made on our school and community.”

The Huron Mountain Club annually solicits its members to contribute to these nonprofits. Since being established in 1999, the Huron Mountain Club Advisory Committee has given back over $1 million in support to area nonprofits.

The Community Foundation of Marquette County is a tax-exempt, nonprofit, publicly supported philanthropic organization with the long-term goal of building permanent, endowed funds for the broad-based public benefit.

The foundation works with donors to establish charitable funds and support non-profit organizations through a variety of grant-making efforts. It currently holds over 160 different funds that benefit worthy charities and charitable causes in Marquette County. For more information, visit cfofmc.org or call 906-226-7666.

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