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New Funds to Benefit Veterans and Their Families

posted October 14, 2016

At your Community Foundation, we are privileged in our role as the local giving partner for lasting community impact. Every day we have the honor of partnering with donors, creating meaningful, lasting giving opportunities that allow us to match donor passion with purpose now and for generations to come.

We are proud of two new giving opportunities created at the Community Foundation to support and honor veterans and their families. The Community Foundation has recently been discussing how we might work with donors to find ways to help them support men and women and their families who have served our country in the Armed Services, creating needed resources and also acknowledging contributions made.

These conversations led us to Ted and Pamela Arens and Dr. George Wagoner, who have helped launch similar endowments at several other Northern Michigan community Foundations. Ted and George are both veterans and have a passion for not only helping other veterans, but also helping them to know their service to their country is valued and not forgotten. With initial support from Mr. and Mrs. Arens and Dr. Wagoner as founding donors, we have created the Veterans Support Endowment to support the needs of veterans and their families. We will partner with local organizations serving veterans, who are in the best position to know of the needs and also to help make certain that all other supports and resources are also being utilized. Additionally, as an endowment, the Veterans Support Endowment creates a lasting, permanent resource that will benefit not only current veterans, but also those who will serve in the future.

The second new fund is a special project fund that will underwrite the creation and placement of a statue of a Gold Star Mother at Veterans Memorial Park in Traverse City. A Gold Star Mother is recognized when she has lost a son or daughter during service to their country. It originated following WWI and has expanded in scope through the years to recognize the heartbreaking loss of a child in service. This project fund creates an opportunity for a lasting, permanent honoring of the service and sacrifice of men and women that have served and their families.

For more information on either of these giving opportunities, or to donate, call our office at 231-935-4066 or visit the links below.


Phil Ellis, Ph.D., Community Foundation Executive Director
e: plellis@gtrcf.org | p: 231-935-4066

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