Marquette, MI – July 31, 2019 – It was a busy afternoon during this week’s Marquette West Rotary luncheon as the Rotary Club announced their plan to award grant money to 18 local organizations. The organizations will receive their awards at the next Marquette West Rotary luncheon
The grant awards can be separated into two different categories focusing on bettering the community for our kids, and better the community as a whole. Looking at what Marquette West Rotary did for the kids, the group awarded funds to 11 groups in the Marquette area to support our youth. 8-18 Media, a youth journalism and leadership program through the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum received $500 today. The UP Children’s Museum also received $550 to upgrade the Over the Air exhibit Gallery.
Bay Cliff Health Camp received $3,000 to help sponsor the summer camp program with $500 going to campership for the Bay Lakes Council Boy
Scouts of America group. Focusing our your young musicians, Superior String Alliance was given $1,5000 for their SSA Summer Camp program.
Focusing on kids in our schools, Marquette West Rotary awarded two Marquette Senior High School groups $1,000. The MSHS We the People Student Ambassador group received the money to help with the National We the People final travel arrangements. The Marquette Spanish Club also received money to help cover student exchange program transportation.
In the history and arts area, two more grants were approved. The Liberty Children’s Art Project was awarded $500 for their art enrichment project in Au Train, Onoto and Powell Township. The Marquette Regional History Center will use their $500 grant to update their Youth History Club.
Lastly for the kids, the Rotary focused on kids in our community as a whole. Big Brothers Big Sisters received $500 toward their Girl Power and Dude Power projects while the Superiorland Soccer Assocation will put their $1,000 grant toward scholarships for soccer programs.
In the community, the Rotary focused heavily on improving life for the less fortunate. Queen Heart of Marquette will use their $750 to deliver baskets of disposables to families while the Women’s Center will use the $1,600 grant they received to replace mattresses at the Harbor House. The Alger Marquette Community Action Board received $3,000 for their Meals on Wheels project that helps provide meals to the community’s elderly or homebound. $2,000 also went to Cancer Care of Marquette County to use on their Caner Patient Support.
There were three community organizations that also received grant money this afternoon. The YMCA of Marquette County was awarded $600 for the YMCA’s Family Sponsorship Annual Campaign. The Upper Peninsula Chapter of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association will put their $500 grant toward tent rental for the Regional Assembly. Lastly Marquette’s Peter White Public Library was awarded $1,000 to use on their library’s Prime Time Reading project.