The Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) recently elected three new representatives to its Board of Directors to the first of three, three-year terms.
Alexandra (Ali) Hubbard, of Indian River, is an account manager with Mitchell Graphics. Having grown up in the Straits Area, Hubbard says it has always been where she considers “home”.
“From the annual community events to my weekend adventures on the lakes, I love every inch of the Straits Area,” says Hubbard. “I’m looking forward to learning more about our communities’ needs, and playing a positive role in my community; not just living here without contributing in some way. Whether it’s my time or my skill sets, I’m willing to help wherever I can to help move the Foundation’s mission forward.”
Polly Schneider, of Cheboygan, is the office manager and event coordinator for the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce. She says she loves the sense of community that surrounds her hometown.
“We are truly blessed to live and work in a place referred to as the ‘Tip of the Mitt’”, says Schneider. “As a new member of the Straits Area Community Foundation board I am looking forward to getting the word out to others who care about our community that SACF is here, and how they can help make a permanent difference in our community with their gifts, no matter the size.”
Lindsey Gardner, of Cheboygan, is the Government and Community Vitality Educator at MSU Extension. As a newer resident of the area, she appreciates the natural assets of the region, and is looking forward to making connections and helping with transformational work in her community.
“The Straits Area Community Foundation is a catalyst for change in our community,” said Gardner. “Being an affiliate of the larger Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, balanced with our local board stewardship and leadership, people can trust that their funds and charitable dollars will have a true impact in the right places.”
The three new SACF board members join six other representatives from across the Straits Area region of Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. Those board members are Beth Carusi, Patty Archambo, Ann Chastain, Jennifer Lee, Linda Moline and Tom West.
“We are thrilled to add Alexandra, Polly and Lindsey to the SACF Board,” said Christine Bruske-Hitch, Affiliate Director of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan. “SACF is one of our affiliate foundations. It is so important to have strong leadership from across the region that can see the great potential of their communities, and also how philanthropy and endowments can support those communities forever. This is a great group of people who really care about the Straits Area’s present and future.”
The Straits Area Community Foundation serves Cheboygan County, Mackinaw City and Bois Blanc Island. SACF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM), which holds combined assets of over $46 million and whose practices are accredited by National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.®
CFNEM serves as the administrative arm for its affiliate foundations. SACF is led by a volunteer board of local citizens committed to providing people who care about the future of the region and its communities with unique and effective ways of supporting their community now, and for generations to come. The foundation oversees a group of permanently endowed funds from a wide range of donors. Gifts of all sizes from individuals, families, businesses and agencies are invested in a balanced, well-managed portfolio to build endowments, enabling support for local community nonprofits now and forever. To make a donation or learn more about how community foundations work, visit sacf.org or call 989-354-6881; toll-free: 877-354-6881.