As 2023 comes to a close, we'd like to take a moment to thank both Tabono Law and Scherdel Sales and Manufacturing for their support of this incredible way to give a little something back to our area non profit organizations. It was an idea that sprang up courtesy of Shon Cook at Tabono Law a couple years back and Scherdel jumped at the chance to be a part of this program to highlight and help fund worthy causes. To date, quite humbly, we've given $31,000 to area groups in need. It's a nearly unimaginable place to be in.
December, we're not only honored to give $1000 again, but we're above honored to welcome Nancy Frey to the program for the presentation. If you know Nancy Frey, you can skip ahead a little. If you don't, brace yourself. In the 9th grade, Nancy made up her mind that the United States Air Force was going to be her career. She began meeting with recruiters that young and her course was set and she delivered. Her military career was outstanding on every level and she returned home to a life of public service. She's served as a Muskegon County Commissioner, a Vice Commander of the Michigan Dept American Legion and as a "retirement" job sits on the Board of Trustees at Muskegon Community College.
It was in her role at the college along with her deep insight to life in the military and what it's like for those who re-enter civilian life after that she found the need to start a non profit at the college to help Vet's in a pinch get by. In our story today, she quotes a family that had been locked out of their home over some missed rent. Imagine that? Locked out after being willing to make the ultimate sacrifice? There's also a food pantry for Vet's in need at the school as well as being a Gold Level Veteran Friendly School. From their website - "The Veteran-Friendly School program, created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication to student veterans and dependents utilizing their GI Bill® and other educational benefits." Nancy's intimate understanding of service led her to being this fund to assure that any veteran in need gets the assistance so that no boundaries stand in their way. It's in helping the whole person that the healing can begin, and that's the focus with MCC and Veterans.
With that, make it $32,000 to amazing outreaches like the one Nancy began at MCC. It's a humbling and amazing experience to meet Nancy...finally, and to know that in some small way, we're trying to live up to the example she's set for us all to leave this world better than we found it. Inspirational. If you'd like to contribute to the Frye Fund at Muskegon Community College CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE PHILANTHOROPY PAGE.