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$10K Grant To Aid St. Ignace Skating


At right: Gathering to mark a donation of $10,000 for skating programs at the St. Ignace ice arena Thursday, November 17, are (from left) Steve Sprecker of the casino, tribal board representative Bridgett Sorenson, City Recreation Director Scott Marshall, tribal board representative Keith Massaway, and Kewadin Casinos Marketing Manager Dan Doyle. At right: Gathering to mark a donation of $10,000 for skating programs at the St. Ignace ice arena Thursday, November 17, are (from left) Steve Sprecker of the casino, tribal board representative Bridgett Sorenson, City Recreation Director Scott Marshall, tribal board representative Keith Massaway, and Kewadin Casinos Marketing Manager Dan Doyle. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has allocated 2% of Kewadin Casinos slot revenues to organizations and causes in the communities where the casinos are located, including a $10,000 donation to Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace this winter to pay for skating programs for the public. To date, said Dan Doyle of Kewadin Casinos, the tribe has given out more than $41 million in the 2% grant program since 1994.

Through the programs supported by the donation to the arena, the city recreation department hopes to draw people of all ages to the rink. Open skating sessions, adult drop-in hockey, and the availability of figure skating lessons at the rink will be among programs to benefit from the casino donation.

“This will help with more ways to get people involved with skating,” said City Recreation Director Scott Marshall. “We are always trying to provide the most services we can for the community. The more people we can get involved, it just continues across generations. We are very blessed to have a facility like this in a small town. Without the help of the Sault Tribe and other organizations, it would be tough. The numbers aren’t on our side.”

This fall, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has released grants derived from 2% of its slot machine revenue to the following programs and organizations:

Unit One: Lake Superior State University for the Native American Center, $25,000; City of Sault Ste. Marie for the Pullar Stadium, $5,000; Malcolm High School for Student Support Services, $2,848.52, and Sault Area Public Schools for hockey assistance, $10,000.

Unit Two: Pickford Public Schools for a bus camera system, $5,000; Hudson Township for an emergency camera system, $1,800 and Garnet Park fire rings, $3,000; Hendricks Township for the town hall electrical upgrade, $10,000; DeTour Schools bathroom upgrade, $5,049.06; Village of De- Tour fire ambulance building, $5,000; Clark Township volunteer fireman support, $3,000, and McMillan Township Resource and Recreation Center, $10,000.

Unit Three: LaSalle High School bowling team, $3,000; Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive, $3,500; City of Mackinac Island for the Turtle Park, $2,000; City of St. Ignace St. Anthony’s Rock Park, $2,000, fire department, $2,000, Ojibwe Museum $5,000, Fort de Baude, $5,000, and Little Bear East Arena Skating $10,000.

Unit Four: Rapid River Public Schools Indian education, $3,366; Nah Tah Wahsh Public Academy for Willow Creek, $29,000; Gladstone Area Schools Title VII, $3,366; Schoolcraft County Board’s Christmas program, $2,750, and City of Manistique for Little Bear Ice Skating, $1,000.

Unit Five: Forsyth Township KI Sawyer Community Center, $2,500; City of Munising Alger Arena, $2,924.26; City of Marquette YMCA, $2,500; Marquette Area Schools Native American Education, $5,500; City of Marquette Lake Superior Hospice, $1,924.26; Alger County ALTRAN, $5,000; City of Munising Food Pantry, $5,000; Munising Public Schools Native American education, $8,500; County of Marquette Aging Services, $2,000 and Meals on Wheels, $5,000, and City of Marquette Children’s Museum, $2,000.

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