TRAVERSE CITY — A $65,000 grant awarded to Centre Ice for much-needed facilities’ upgrades is among $241,000 doled out this week by Rotary Charities of Traverse City.
The grant to Centre Ice will pay for HVAC systems and energy efficiency improvements at the much-used ice rinks. Centre Ice Executive Director Terry Marchand was ecstatic over the grant, noting Centre Ice endured the loss of the Traverse City North Stars hockey team and cancellations of both the National Hockey League prospect tournament and the Detroit Red Wings training camp due to an NHL labor dispute.
“We are incredibly excited,” Marchand said. “We bring in a ton of people in from outside of the area who spend a ton of money in Traverse City. We estimate we bring in 400,000 people (annually.)”
Rotary Charities also gave $65,000 to Conflict Resolution Services for the implementation of the Olweus anti-bullying program in regional public schools. Elizabeth Pine of Conflict Resolution Services said there are plans for anti-bullying program work in 58 schools throughout the region.
“Bullying is such an important issue with families, students, and teachers, and everyone is looking at schools do something about it,” Pine said. “As a community service agency, we wanted to find out what we can do to help.”
Other grants awarded by Rotary Charities this week include:
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy: $50,000 for a $1 to $1 challenge grant to complete phase three of the Acme Shoreline project.
Benzie Transportation Authority: $16,000 to create and administer a needs survey for improvements to the Benzie Bus system.
Green Lake Township: $15,000 to construct a multi-use pathway in Interlochen that was identified as one of the top priorities for placemaking in the village.
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation: $15,000 to construct four tennis courts at Herman Park in Suttons Bay Township.
Samels Family Heritage: $15,000 to construct equipment shelters and signage to protect antique farm equipment.
Rotary Charities Board President Al Bonney said in a press release the grants “represent an investment in our region and our quality of life.”