Timber Town 2.0 fundraising efforts reach project goal

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The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation presented the City with $25,000 in November for the Timber Town 2.0 project. 

With the generosity of several community members, businesses and organizations, the City of Mt. Pleasant reached its $156,000 fundraising campaign goal for the Timber Town 2.0 playground project. This one-of-a-kind, universally accessible play structure will replace the 22-year-old Timber Town playscape at Island Park in May.

A portion of the donations were received during a crowdfunding campaign last fall. Administered through the crowdgrant organization, Patronicity, donations made during the 45-day fundraiser were matched through the “Public Spaces Community Places” program of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

“Thank you to all who donated for your help in making this project a reality,” said Rick Ervin of the Timber Town 2.0 Citizens’ Committee. “The families and children in Mt. Pleasant will be benefitting from this great project for decades to come, and we could not have done it without the incredible support and enthusiasm of everyone who participated in this fundraising effort.”

Special thanks to the following campaign donors for their contributions:

Executive Level (Donation of $5,000 or more)

  • Isabella Bank
  • Mercantile Bank
  • The Morey Foundation
  • Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation (Jane McNamara and Louise Williams Fund/ Kay Smith Family Fund/Community Impact Fund)
  • Muskegon Development
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Skyline Level (Donation of $1,500 or more)

  • Doug and Melissa LaBelle Family Foundation LaBelle Management
  • Merchandise Outlet
  • Mount Pleasant Abstract and Title
  • Mt. Pleasant Jaycees
  • Mt. Pleasant Optimist Club

Tower Level (Donation of $500 or more)

  • General Agency Company
  • Jim Batcheller
  • Members First Credit Union
  • Michael Swirtz
  • Nancy Hartshorne

Interested in Volunteering? Community Build Week is May 17-21. To stay informed about the project and service opportunities, sign up at http://www.uwgic.org/timbertown.