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Chemical Bank Foundation Supports Veterans Freedom Park
Press Release, Clare, Michigan, January 15, 2016

Lynn M. Kerber, President and Chair for the Chemical Bank Foundation, is pleased to announce Chemical Bank Foundation’s donation of $10,000 to support the efforts of the Veterans Freedom Park of Clare County.

On Monday, December 7th, Donna McAvoy, North Region President and Director of Retail Banking, Interim East Region President, along with Rod Loomis, Community President-Clare Community Bank, presented a check for $10,000 to Renee Haley and Jill Sutton of Clare County Veterans Services on behalf of the Chemical Bank Foundation. The donation will help fund the completion of the Veterans Freedom Park of Clare County.

“The Chemical Bank Foundation is honored to pay tribute to our Veterans while supporting the Clare Community,” stated Loomis.

“This park will not only provide a beautiful place for residents to visit, but will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices of our current and former service men and women.”

The Veterans Freedom Park will be located at the corner of Broad Street and Main Street across from the Clare County Court House. The park will feature a kiosk system, a heated educational trail that surrounds the park, and side areas dedicated to particular war eras. The park will also feature a permanent staging system with seating for 300 people, as well as a black granite ‘Wall of Tears’ that will list the names of local casualties of war. The public is welcome to attend the official grand opening scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

About Chemical Bank Foundation

The Chemical Bank Foundation is a private grant-making foundation established in 2012 by Chemical Bank. The Foundation was established to support the quality of life in the communities we serve. The Foundation makes grants to organizations that are screened and selected by Foundation Trustees. Grants will be considered for organizations that operate within Chemical Bank’s defined markets and are intended to support capital projects, specific program costs, and seed monies for new programs and initiatives.

About Chemical Bank

Chemical Financial Corporation (“Chemical”) is the second largest banking company headquartered and operating branch offices in Michigan. Chemical operates through its subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 185 banking offices spread over 47 counties in Michigan. At September 30, 2015, Chemical had $9.3 billion in consolidated assets, $7.2 billion in loans and $7.6 billion in deposits. Chemical Financial Corporation common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CHFC and is one of the issues comprising the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

The Veterans Freedom Park is excited to announce that they are the recipients of two grants received in December, 2014!

The first grant in the amount of $25,000.00 was received from The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, and the second grant was received from The Dow Corning Foundation in the amount of $24,000.00, both from Midland, MI. These contributions are instrumental in meeting our goal of completing the Veterans Freedom Park; and put us over the 50% mark for the funds still needed. We cannot express enough of our highest gratitude for these grants, at such a crucial time for completing the park by July of 2015. Thank you to The Charles J. Strosacker and Dow Corning Foundation for seeing the value of what we are bringing to Central Michigan. We appreciate your support and generosity . This park will assuredly touch the lives of many veterans and their families.

The Veterans Freedom Park is proud to announce that they are the
Recent recipients of a $25,000.00 grant

Freedom Park Committee
Veterans Freedom Park Committee pictured left toright:
Wes Kenny, Jim Anthony, Lori Minterfering, John Hamilton, DanAbbott, Norm Schollett, Josie Kelly, Andrea McCrary, DebbieMason, Dan Pobur and Jim Kelly

awarded from ‘TheCharles J. Strosacker Foundation’ out of Midland, Michigan. Withthis generous contribution and the recent golf outing fundraiserheld at the Firefly golf links; has brought us one step closerto completing the Veterans Freedom Park. We have officially hitthe 50% funding goal of $200,000.00!! This is a milestone eventfor us and proves once again that this park will become areality very soon. We are grateful of the ongoing support ofthis dream and appreciate the value of seeing what this parkwill bring to Central Michigan.

Veterans Freedom Park Closer to Goal!

Thanks to a $10,000.00 Grant from The Clare Community Foundation and a $2,500 Grant from Consumers Energy Foundation.

Freedom Park Grant

Third Grant Received!!!

On behalf of the Veterans Freedom Park Committee; along with Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, we are proud to announce that we have received our THIRD grant from ‘The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation’ in the amount of $25,000.00. This contribution will be instrumental in building the Veterans Freedom Park. We would like to personally thank them for their support and seeing the importance that this park will bring to Central Michigan. This generous grant has allowed us to meet our first target goal of 30% of the needed cost to start the park. To date with the grants, donations and fundraisers we have raised $121,334.14!! We will be announcing the breaking ground date in the Spring of 2014. Thank you Mid Michigan Community Action Agency for once again being the vehicle for impactful community development. We value our partnership.


Freedom Park Grant

Second Grant Received !
$25,00 Grant Received from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation!

First Official Grant Received!!

Freedom Park Committee

Veterans Freedom Park is proud to announce that on Monday, May 6, 2013 we were presented with our first official grant for $9,000 from Tamara Howell with TransCanada! We appreciate this generous support and look forward to partnering with TransCanada in the future. TransCanada's role in the Veterans Freedom Park is consistent with their aim to build healthy, safe and vibrant communities where their employees live and work. Thanks to the financial support from companies like TransCanada, we are moving closer to our mission of building a veterans park to honor our nation's greatest heroes; this park will be a valuable community asset providing commemorative history and a beautiful park for all to enjoy.
“Partnering with Veterans Freedom Park is a natural fit for TransCanada because it builds on our existing support for our military veterans through the Helmets to Hardhats Canada program,” says Tamara Howell, Great Lakes Saginaw Valley Operations at TransCanada. “We are proudly supporting men and women who have served their country with bravery and honor.”

Pictured above from Left to Right, Dan Abbott-Am Vets, Frank Kuhles-VFP Comm., Shirley Abbott-Am Vets, Jim Evans, Norm Schollett-VFP Comm., Josie Kelly-AL 404 Auxiliary, Fred Hollister-VFP Comm., Joe Bradley-VFP Comm., James Kelly, Sr.-AL 404, Deb Mason-VFP Secretary, Ron Trzeciak-VFP Comm., Jack Allbee-AL 558/VFW 3039, Cindy Friese-VP of the VFP Comm., Jim Anthony-VFP Comm., Ralph Badgero-VFP Comm., Presenting check-Tamara Howell-TransCanada,
Renee Haley-Director of Veterans Services, Lori Minterfering-VFP Comm.

Not pictured above: Andrea McCrary-VFP Treasurer (hidden in picture) and Tracy Byard-Clare, County Administrator


List of Grants for Clare County Veterans Freedom Park:

  • Chemical Bank Foundation- $10,000

  • TransCanada- $9.000.00

  • The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation - $25,000.00

  • The Herbert and Grace Dow Foundation – $25,000.00

  • The Clare County Community Foundation - $10,000.00

  • The Consumers Energy Foundation- $2,500.00

  • Home Depot-$5700.00

  • The Harrison Lumber Do Center- $6,000

  • The Charles Strosacker Foundation- $25,000.00

  • Dow Corning Foundation-$24,000.00

  • Mary C. Currie Foundation-$2,500.00

  • Chemical Bank Foundation- $10,000.00

  • Comerica Bank Charitable Foundation-$500.00

  • Clare Whitetails Unlimited-$755.19


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Veterans Freedom Park
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