50th Anniversary
KVCC Foundation News Museum Receives Bequest, KVCC Foundation Taking on New Look

June 29, 2010 - The Kalamazoo Valley Museum has received a bequest amounting to $1.79 million from the estate of a Kalamazoo couple whose family has requested anonymity.

The funds will be used to build the museum’s endowment that can be the source of future financial support for projects and programs, according to Steve Doherty, executive director of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation.

The museum has also received a $10,000 grant from the foundation to host guest lecturers and special programs that will complement the upcoming nationally touring exhibition on race.

"Race: Are We So Different?" has been booked into the downtown-Kalamazoo museum from Oct. 2 through Jan. 2.

Doherty also reports that the annual Opportunities For Education fund-raiser, which attracted a record number of 330 to hear Jim "The Rookie" Morris talk about baseball and keeping one’s dreams alive, netted nearly $38,000 in scholarship assistance earlier this spring. The foundation’s Annual Fund campaign has raised almost $40,000 through May of 2010.

In personnel shifts, completing their maximum trio of three-year terms on the foundation’s board of trustees are:

 * Dawnanne Corbit, senior sales manager at Ship-Pac Inc. and the reigning chairwoman of the board.

* Attorney Catherine Metzler, a partner in the law firm of Miller Johnson.

 * Charles Wattles, the board treasurer who is a principal in the Arcadia Investment Management Corp.

 * James Weber, chairman of Weber Specialties in Schoolcraft.

Replacing Corbit as chairman of the board will be Jeff Gardner, president of the Gardner Group. Moving up as vice chair is attorney Michele Marquardt. The new treasurer is David Tomko, PNC Bank’s regional president for Southwest Michigan while Larry Leuth, president of First National Bank of Michigan, will remain as board secretary.

New three-year terms were extended for Gardner, and for trustees Ed Bernard and David Jarl. Needing four new trustees, one has already been confirmed. He’s Tom Schleuter, president and chief executive officer of Keystone Bank.

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