Category: Donor Spotlight

April 4, 2017

Donor Spotlight: Charles & Margaret Anderson

Couple’s love of the arts has lasting impact on the community ... Read on »

March 9, 2017

Chicago lawyer still gives back to his hometown

James Nyeste is passionate about supporting students through his scholarship ... Read on »

January 26, 2017

Donor gives back to his community

Out of state donor Steve Jakob gives back to his hometown ... Read on »

January 11, 2017

Donor Spotlight: Jan Rose

Our January featured donor is Jan Rose, a Blue Water Land Fund board member and long-time friend of the Foundation. ... Read on »

October 2, 2015

Bill & Jeanne Westerhof

Friday Food for Kids ... Read on »

May 11, 2015

Courtyard Brings People Back to Their Roots

St. Clair Plaza Park draws outside donors ... Read on »

December 23, 2013

Family Giving is a Holiday Tradition

The Kusch Family leads by example. ... Read on »

January 23, 2012

Major Gift for Port Huron Schools

PHASD endowment fund receives $100,000 gift! ... Read on »

December 16, 2010

Addressing Childhood Hunger

Too many children in St. Clair County are hungry.  During school, at-risk students receive breakfast and lunch, but many have little or no food on the weekends.  ... Read on »

September 10, 2010

St. Clair Graduates Want to Give Back

Alumni from St. Clair High School’s Class of 2000 have established an endowment fund at the Community Foundation. ... Read on »

August 26, 2010

Randy Sugars Memorial Scholarship Fund

A fund has been established in the memory of St. Clair High School student Randy Sugars. ... Read on »

June 28, 2010

Cargill donates $15,000 and YAC adds $10,000 to Back to School 2010

Cargill awarded $15,000 to provide over 1,150 at-risk kids with backpacks and school supplies and YAC granted $10,000 to fund 770 kids.  The Foundation’s 2010 goal is to raise $42,900 to help 3,300 kids have the school supplies they need to start school.   
... Read on »

April 22, 2010

Belle River Kicks Off Weekend Food Program

Bill Westerhof, 5th grade teacher at Belle River Elementary School in Marine City, has spent his career helping kids succeed in the classroom. In April, after a year of planning, Mr. Westerhof launched a program designed to impact at-risk students attendance, reduce behavior issues and increase their attention span. “More and more students from low income families are coming to school on Monday hungry. We can feed them breakfast and lunch during the week, but many have little or no food on the weekends.” Mr. Westerhof found a way to break that cycle with the Blessings in a Backpack program.
... Read on »

April 21, 2010

CSB Bank receives Shining Star Award for Back to School

CSB Bank has received the “2010 Shining Star Award” for their involvement in the Back to School program by the Michigan Association of Community Banks.  ... Read on »

March 31, 2010

Books Fitness & Fun

March is reading month and the Women’s Initiative has teamed up with 15 community groups and organizations to promote reading and fitness to over 3,000 students.  ... Read on »

March 19, 2010

Kids In Distress and the Community Foundation

To the many generous supports of KIDS and the Community Foundation ... Read on »

March 3, 2010

3,000 Books Given at Reading Events

The Women’s Initiative, in collaboration with fifteen local partners, will provide 3,000 books and promote reading to students at eight elementary schools.  ... Read on »

July 17, 2009

Women’s Initiative Donors Enjoy Knowlton Ice Museum

Women’s Initiative donors and guests had the pleasure of touring Downtown Port Huron’s newest gem, the Knowlton Ice Museum.  The July 17th reception provided an opportunity for Women’s Initiative donors to bring guests and learn how their focus on education is helping youth succeed throughout St. Clair County.  ... Read on »

May 4, 2009

Over 2,000 Books Given To Students

Family Read Nights distribute over 2,000 books to elementary school students ... Read on »

February 2, 2009

Cargill donates $10,000 and YAC adds $4,550 to Back to School 2009

Cargill provides over 760 at-risk kids with backpacks full of school supplies and YAC helps an additional 350 kids.  ... Read on »

October 31, 2008

Robert & Marilyn Kovach - Donor Spotlight

Robert and Marilyn started funding a scholarship for a graduating senior of Yale High School to attend St. Clair County Community College in 1983. They have provided a scholarship for each of the twenty-six years since then. ... Read on »

September 10, 2008

Back to School a Joyous Success

Thanks to over 200 donors, 350 volunteers and community partners Back to School events in Port Huron, Algonac, East China and Capac were a joyous success.  The events, organized by the Women’s Initiative, impacted thousands of lives throughout the county and made the first day of school less stressful for low income children and families.  The program touched lives in many ways including:
... Read on »

August 13, 2008

CHASE Donates $20,000 to Back To School

CHASE bank has awarded $20,000 to the Women’s Initiative’s Back to School program ... Read on »

March 1, 2008

Emily Bigelow - Donor Spotlight

A charter member of the Legacy Society, Emily has established a unique fund to provide annual support for emergency response services. ... Read on »

August 1, 2007

Hale Walker - Donor Spotlight

The Walker’s have been donors to the Community Foundation since 1999. During these last eight years they have given numerous and generous gifts to a variety of endowment funds. ... Read on »

January 1, 2007

American Association of University Women - Donor Spotlight

The local chapter of the American Association of University Women has been supporting the efforts of the Community Foundation since 1965. The Port Huron chapter was founded in 1920 and its members come from throughout St. Clair County and northern Macomb County.  ... Read on »

September 1, 2006

Citizens First Savings Bank - Donor Spotlight

Citizens First Savings Bank continues to demonstrate its commitment to the community and the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. As one of the Community Foundation’s major partners, the spirit of philanthropy flows freely throughout Citizens First – from its President & CEO, Marsh Campbell, to employees at all levels. ... Read on »

July 1, 2006

Helen David - Donor Spotlight

Helen was a fixture in Port Huron for 69 years as the owner of the Brass Rail. She was considered by most people as the heart and soul of Port Huron. Helen was actively engaged in numerous organizations and projects, including the Community Foundation, Quota Club, the Port Huron DDA and the St. Clair County Council on Aging. ... Read on »

March 1, 2006

Bill Gilmer - Donor Spotlight

Bill has always been interested in youth activities since his days as a DeMolay member. He helped out with Boy Scout activities in the 80’s and served on the board of directors for the Michigan Waterways Council of the Girl Scouts for a number of years. He feels his interest in the Community Foundation was sparked by some of the youth programs offered through the Youth Advisory Council. ... Read on »

January 1, 2006

Beth Belanger - Donor Spotlight

Beth was a leading philanthropist in the Port Huron area long before she joined the Board of the Community Foundation. Today, her passion for giving back is evident in her tireless efforts to serve children through the programs of the Women’s Initiative. ... Read on »

August 1, 2005

Joe Vito & Lasalle Bank - Donor Spotlight

LaSalle Bank has once again joined the Community Foundation’s effort to support school children throughout the county with a grant of $5,000. The bank also provided a $5,000 grant to support the 2004 Back to School Event. ... Read on »

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