Hale, Mich. - The Iosco County Community Foundation (ICCF) named Nancy Huck of Hale as its 2018 Philanthropist of the Year.
“We are so honored to be able to recognize Mrs. Huck for all she has done for so many local organizations, and for the charitable contributions she has made throughout the years for the betterment of our communities,” said ICCF President Tony Johnson. “She is a quietly powerful force when it comes to making positive things happen in Iosco County.”
Nancy Huck is an instrumental part of the Iosco Exploration Trail (IET), which is working to create a non-motorized bike and walking path around Iosco County. She is also involved with the Helen Laidlaw Foundation, the Boys Scouts of America, and a local Lions Club. She is also a long-time contributor and advocate for the Iosco County Community Foundation.
“I asked Nancy to represent Plainfield Township on a project that a few of us in the county had as a dream,” said Plainfield Township Supervisor, Fred Lewis, of the IET. “That was in 2012, and now six years later, armed with over $2 million in grants and matching funds, we will see this project break ground. She has been pushing this every step of the way.”
Lewis says that her work, time and contributions to the Helen Laidlaw Foundation have assisted numerous youth in the community to realize their dreams of an education they may not otherwise have had.
“Through this type of direct philanthropy our communities continue to thrive and grow as our young people can count on the goodwill of people like Nancy to aid them on their careers and futures,” said Lewis.
“The definition of philanthropist fits Nancy and her hard working ethic to bring social, economic, health, and wellness benefits to our area,” said Roberta Smith, IET Secretary. “Her dedication to Iosco County, encouragement for others to come to the table and help build the community, and personal generosity of her time and financial contributions are, bar none, exemplary.”
Lewis says Nancy Huck’s experience as a business owner in the area has provided both her and her husband, Tom, with great insights into the workings and needs of the Iosco County communities.
“Nancy's roots are in this community,” said Lewis. “She and Tom both believe strongly that it is important to give back to the community that has made so much of their success possible.”
Mrs. Huck will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the Iosco County Community Foundation later this month. She is the seventh Iosco County resident to be named Philanthropist of the Year. Previous honorees are Aileen Elliott of East Tawas (2017), Brad Saegesser of Tawas City (2016), Kelby Ruckle of Whittemore (2015), Kathy Alward of Hale (2014), Jane Meyer of Oscoda (2013), and Dan Stock of Oscoda (2012).