2006-05-20 / News

New Alumni Legacy Fund Remembers Island College

By Bernie Nguyen

Mackinac College closed in the early 1970s, but its graduates have found a way to keep its memory bright. The Mackinac College Legacy Fund, an endowed fund through the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, was set up by the alumni of Mackinac College and allocates funds each year to support environmental and educational projects on the Island. This year, however, an anonymous graduate has posed a challenge to the community: He will match every dollar donated to the fund, up to $10,000.

Mackinac College was founded in 1966 on land purchased from Moral Re-Armament. Its campus was housed in the buildings that are now Mission Point Resort. The fouryear undergraduate institution graduated its only class in 1970 and was sold shortly afterward.

The fund, which was created in September 2003, was started through the combined efforts of the College alumni to honor the Mackinac College motto: "To Learn. To Live. To Lead."

The challenge is, in part, an attempt to increase the fund's capacity as a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the College inaugural.

"The people who went to the college wanted to leave a legacy because the Island was so special to them," said Jennifer Bloswick, executive director of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. "This is a great opportunity to build the fund and build their legacy."

Money earned from the Mackinac College Legacy Fund endowment will be used in perpetuity for the betterment of Mackinac Island, following the Foundation's motto, "For Good. For Ever." This new challenge presents a unique chance for donors to double the impact of their gifts, and the fund will grow twice as fast.

"The focus right now is the fact that this is a great, great opportunity to build this fund," said Ms. Bloswick. "We need to take advantage of this opportunity."

The challenge is good until October 15, 2006.

Donors who wish to contribute to the Mackinac College Legacy Fund can mail their donation to the Foundation at PO Box 1933, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, or through its Web site, www.micf.org.

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