“Mrs. Marion Vander Veen and her family understand the importance of getting kids out of the classroom to experience the real world and the difficulty of finding funding for non-classroom activities. ” Said Gail Anthony, Foundation CEO at the Annual Celebration 2018 when the Vander Veen Family Great Lakes Fund was revealed. The Marion C. Vander Veen Family Great Lakes Education Donor Advised Fund aims to educate and involve young people to protect our Great Lakes for future generations.
Matt Davidson Memorial Scholarship
“There were coaches who know more about the game of basketball than mine. But Davidson had a love for his players, his team, like no other.”
Mark Ulrickson Memorial Scholarship
“He wanted to help this community and the people in it. We look forward to seeing the impact his scholarship will have on the students who receive it, and how they will make an impact on the Marquette area in the years to come.”
Pam Benton Memorial
“When I think about Pam Benton, I think of a servant leader,” said Jack Lenten, CFMC Chair, “Pam was someone who had a positive impact both through and for others. Pam felt passionate about her family, friends and her community. We will be forever grateful for her service to the Community Foundation.”
The park, which opened in August of 2016, has become a popular place for all to enjoy. “The outpour of people to say thank you has been phenomenal,” explains Ms. Butler. “One of the reasons we committed to the city to have an endowment is we want the park to go on forever,” she adds. Through the endowment set up through the Community Foundation of Marquette County, the park leaves a legacy that can be enjoyed for future generations. Upkeep and maintenance of the park is ensured through the Clark Lambros’ Beach Park Fund, an open fund that accepts all donations. Commenting on the fund, Ms. Butler hopes others learn the value of the Community Foundation, and the differences it makes.