Celebrating 70 Years of Giving

Thanks to everyone who attended our celebration of community on August 30, 2015.  We hope you were able to attend both the parade through Northport and the celebration in Haserot Park.  Read on to learn more about the foundation's 70 years of community support.

Artist Julie Glidden created this piece for the foundation representing the many areas of interest where the foundation has given grants.

Artist Julie Glidden created this piece for the foundation representing the many areas of interest where the foundation has given grants.

In 1945 Francis H. Haserot, owner of the Northport Cherry Factory, gave $35,000 to start a foundation that would benefit Leelanau Township.   His generous gift was made in memory of his friend Gilman Marston Dame.  His foresight has allowed the foundation to help build our community and pay for things that might not have been possible without foundation grant money.

Remembering Francis Haserot in the park named for him.  Created by artist Keith Ashley.

Remembering Francis Haserot in the park named for him.  Created by artist Keith Ashley.

In preparation for the celebration local artists created driftwood paintings that represent the many areas where foundation grants have done and continue to do good for the community.    They were located throughout the Village of Northport and in Omena during the 2015 70th Anniversary Celebration.

How Many Pieces of Driftwood Art Did You Find?

Some were easy to spot, some are not.  

Leelanau Township Community Foundation
The work of artist Julie Glidden was displayed in the entry garden of the Northport Marina parking lot.  The hanging pieces represent the many areas of the community that have benefited from foundation grants.

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Northport Chamber of Commerce 
Artists Lydia and Tom Woodruff donated this work in appreciation for Lydia's experiences as part of the foundation's Youth Advisory Council at Northport High School.  Their work was displayed on the pavillion at G.M. Dame Marina Park.


Haserot Park
Artist Keith Ashley created this driftwood art which hungs from a tree in the park that honors foundation founder Francis Haserot.  Haserot Park is on land where the Northport Cherry Factory - one of Haserot's local businesses -  once stood.



Kehl Lake
Artist David Chrobak created the art that signifies the assistance the foundation gave the Leelanau Conservancy to purchase the property.  The art was located near the entrance by the conservancy sign.


Omena Beach
When the township purchased the property that became the public beach in Omena the foundation was there to help.  Artist Lynn Spitz-Nagel captured the spirit of the community and the relaxed, celebratory nature of beach days in Northern Michigan.


Peterson Park
Artist Betsy Livingston Winters created this piece for Peterson Park.  During the past 70 years the foundation made many grants to enhance township recreation facilities including this beautiful bluffside park overlooking Lake Michigan.


Leelanau Children’s Center
Education is a focus of the foundation.  When the Discovery Center closed, the Leelanau Children's Center brought their award-winning program to the Northport facility with the support of the foundation.   You may have spotted this piece at the LCC building on High Street.




Leelanau Christian Neighbors
Pizza Pike, designed by Scott Lurain, was located in front of LCN's Suttons Bay headquarters.  Grants from the foundation have helped fund the Northport pantry and provided equipment for Blessings in a Backpack which provides food for area students who might not otherwise have meals on the weekends.

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Leelanau Township Fire Department  Creativity and community service join together with this driftwood representation of the work of our local first responders.  Thise piece still hangs at the station on Eighth Street.



Leelanau Township Library
The Leelanau Township Library received one of the first two grants the foundation awarded in 1946.  Artist Joann Sahs created this eagle for the Leelanau Township Library, which displayted it just under the roof of the outdoor public computer work table outside the library/township offices.


Northport Area Heritage Association
Jackie Kilgren and Savannah Thomas created this art which caught the eye of every visitor to the museum in 2015.  


Northport Community Arts Center
Artist Olivia Kinker captured the artistic spirit of the NCAC in this driftwood piece. From its earliest days the NCAC has benefited from grants from the foundation.  The foundation also manages two funds set up to fund NCAC operations.


Northport Energy Action Task Force
Northport Energy Action Task Force focuses on helping home owners reduce their energy use and bringing renewable energy to the township.  Artist Arne Lande captured the spirit of the task force's focus with this representation of the wind turbine.  




Northport Public School and the Youth Advisory Council
The education focus of the foundation shows in the many grants made to the Northport Public School over the past 70 years and by the involvement of high school students with the Youth Advisory Council.   This garden of art was created by students of Jen Evans and Julie Glidden to welcome school visitors as they approach the main entrance.


Northport Sailing School
The granddaughter of Northport Youth Sailing School volunteers Jim and Donna Chapman created this art which was displayed at the sailing school buildings on the south beach.  Foundation grants have helped fund scholarships for Northport students to attend the school's summer classes.





Saving Birds Thru Habitat
Artist John Scott created this work which hung by the sign to the Saving Birds Thru Habitat facility on Putnam Road west of Omena.