Foundation pledges to give back

A number of organizations in Marquette County are in line to receive grants totaling more than $400,000 over the next few years, thanks to the Cliffs Foundation.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is among those receiving pledges. The historical facility will receive $200,000 over the next five years to upgrade its exhibits. The museum plans to upgrade the technological aspects of the exhibits, allowing for a more interactive experience.

Troy Henderson, a historian, said, “We’ll also be upgrading the end of the exhibit to talk a little bit about large-scale open pit mining, which happens today, and some of the reclamation efforts, for instance some of the newer trends and how it impacted the Marquette Iron Range.”

The museum expects the enhancements to be very noticeable.

Father Marquette School and Northern Michigan University were also honored.

Father Marquette will receive $100,000 over the next two years to convert a breezeway into a community gathering and public reception area.

NMU will be granted $250,000 over the next five years to continue developing its Clinical Laboratory Science programs.

A full list of organizations who received pledges follows below:

Multi-Year Ongoing Pledges
Marquette General Health Systems Linear Accelerator $50,000
Iron Ore Heritage Recreational Authority Trail $50,000
Room at the Inn $40,000
Great Lakes Center for Youth Development $25,000
Women’s Center/Harbor House $12,500
Superiorland Cross Country Ski Club $10,000
Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library $5,000
Noquemanon Trail Network $5,000
Lake Superior Community Partnership Chairman’s Circle $5,000

New 2014 Pledges
NMU Clinical Laboratory Science Programs $250,000
($50,000/year for five years)
Michigan Iron Industry Museum $200,000
($40,000/year for 5 years)
Diocese of Marquette Father Marquette School $100,000
($50,000/year for two years)
Bay Cliff Health Camp $20,000
($10,000/year for 2 years)
Richmond Township EMS Ambulance $15,000
Birchview Elementary School Technology Equipment $10,000
Teaching Family Homes Interpretive Trail System $10,000
Child and Family Services Preservation Programs $5,000
Marquette Salvation Army Program Support