TRAVERSE CITY — An Indiana foundation is donating $325,000 to philanthropic efforts in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties, including $75,000 for the Kids Creek restoration project at Munson Medical Center.
The donations by the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation of Muncie were announced Wednesday.
“We are very thankful for their generosity…the Ball Foundation has been very generous to this region for a long time,” said Desiree Worthington, president of the Munson Health Care Regional Foundation.
The $75,000 allocated to the Kids Creek project will help further “daylight” the creek, bringing it above ground as it runs through the Munson campus, Worthington said.
Other recipients include:
n Inland Seas Education Association, $20,000 to help take students on field trips on Lake Michigan aboard the tall ship Manitou.
n Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing scholarship program at Interlochen, $100,000.
n Leelanau Conservancy, $50,000, for its farmland preservation program.
n Leelanau Outdoor Center, $25,000, for outdoor education efforts.
n Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails (TART), $50,000, for its Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail fundraising efforts.
n Fishtown Preservation Society, $50,000, for a previously committed grant payout for a property purchase in Leland.
n Traverse Symphony Orchestra, $5,000, for youth outreach.
The Ball family has extensive ties to the area, said foundation Executive Director Jud Fisher. Their connections started with summer vacations to Leland and surviving members of the family live in the region now.