In his 24 years of life, John expressed his passion for the outdoors and beauty of Benzie County.
The endowment in his memory was established in 1993, allowing his spirit to live on through grants supporting environmental education in Benzie County communities and preserving his passion for generations to come.
What impression will you make? Let's give it forward, together.
Billie Jo Clark was an accomplished attorney, mediator, runner and mother from the Traverse City area. Billie, a Michigan native, received degrees from Ferris State College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She practiced law in Northern Michigan for 22 years, primarily in family law. She was also known for her sucess as a mediator. She served as a volunteer for the Third Level Crisis Intervention Center Legal Aid Clinic, the Women's Resource Center Clinic, the Women Lawyers Association, Traverse City Track Club, Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary, Alzheimer's Association, and Traverse Area Public SChools District Advisory Council. Most importantly, Billie was a loving mother to her two children, Grace and Sam Clark- both West High School students. She loved to inspire young people to reach for their highest aspirations and encouraged commitment to community and public service.