The youngest members of our community have the opportunity to learn in a supportive environment at the Leelanau Children's Center in Northport. The Basil Antenucci Scholarship Fund is designated for children who attend the Northport center.
Youth Advisory Council
Members of the 2013-2014 Youth Advisory Council. Standing: Ashley Pino, Jacob Brown, Olivia Kinker, Fiona Muller and Dustin Machir. Seated: Lillian Kinker, Panika Teeple, Sarah Reynolds and Lydia Woodruff. Not pictured: Navneet Dhami, Emma Adams.
Legacy Donors James and Marjorie Leenhouts
James and Marjorie Leenhouts have included the Leelanau Township Community Foundation in their will with an unspecified bequest. The couple lives part of the year in Florida and part of the year on Northport Point. To learn more about leaving a legacy to the Leelanau Township Community Foundation check out page six in our annual report. To access an electronic copy of the annual report click here.
Bringing Community Together
Leelanau UnCaged is the brainchild of the Leadership Team formed from the foundation-sponsored program Designing and Achieving our Potential. This photo is from the first Leelanau UnCaged in 2013. The third Leelanau UnCaged will be held on September 26, 2015.
Scholarships Provide Community Recognition
Northport High School and Michigan Technological University graduate Esther Johnson today works with the U.S. Corps of Engineers helping to restore ecosystems and protect the environment and the resources of the Great Lakes. Johnson's love of the environment and the lakes started during her growing up years in Leelanau County.
Combining Summer Education with Summer Fun
Scholarship money provided by the Leelanau Township Community Foundation helps local children experience environmental education on-site at a decades old camp. The program provides them with a learning experience and time to explore the woods and shoreline of the camp site.
Nutrition for Children and Adults
This artistic thank you from Blessings in a Backpack recipients to volunteers at the program - one of four run by Leelanau Christian Neighbors - demonstrates how important the weekly backpacks of food are to children in Leelanau County. Our local poverty rates are high and many children depend on the contents of the backpacs something to eat on the weekend. Members of the Youth Advisory Council recommended approval of a grant to BiaB to buy a freezer so they could expand their weekly offerings. The foundation also provided the Northport Food Pantry run by Leelanau Christian Neighbors with a grant to purchase food for our older neighbors in need.
In Memory: George W. Anderson
George Wrisley Anderson was a life-long Northport resident and entreprenueur. He also was the Leelanau Township Community Foundation's longest-serving trustee with a total of 29 years of service. George served the Northport-Omena community in many ways and was a tireless fundraiser for good works.