ALPENA – A new fund established at the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) will support Rogers City and Presque Isle County, while honoring the memory of a beloved community member.
The Marianne Kalivoda Hall Memorial Fund was established by her husband, Beach Hall, to honor the memory of his wife, known by her nickname of Kellie. That nickname was inspired by Kellie’s maiden name of Kalivoda and used as a way to honor her Bohemian heritage.
“Both Kellie and Beach are donors and community members who have touched many areas of the Community Foundation in support of northeast Michigan, and this fund is a wonderful legacy for a woman who gave much to many during her lifetime,” says CFNEM Executive Director Patrick Heraghty.
Kellie called Rogers City “home” since she and Beach moved there in 1992 after discovering the city on a sailing excursion years earlier. She was active in the Rogers City area and northeast Michigan through serving on the Women’s Civic League, the board of Habitat for Humanity, the Kiwanis Club and through her church, Westminster Presbyterian.
Kellie is a member of the Community Foundation’s Legacy Society, having included the Foundation in her will. She was also a Founding Member and avid supporter of CFNEM’s Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC). Together, she and Beach have established several endowments within the Foundation, as well as being generous supporters of many other funds held at CFNEM.
The Marianne Kalivoda Hall Memorial Fund is a permanent endowment that will generate income year after year. First preference for funding will be given to projects that benefit Rogers City, then Presque Isle County, and then to projects in Alcona, Alpena, and Montmorency Counties. Now that this fund is established, anyone can make a gift to it at any time, in any amount. As the fund grows through additional gifts and investment income, the amount available to grant each year will grow as well and provide funding in perpetuity.
To date, the Fund has already granted $5,000 through four of the Community Foundation’s recent Community Impact Grants. Those include $3,000 to the City of Rogers City for its Sunrise Side Community Garden; $1,000 to Friends Together for their “Actively Plug into Your Life” project; $500 to Rogers City Area Schools to purchase a refrigerator; and $500 to St. John Lutheran School for its “Let’s Play” project.