Interlochen Public Library Receives $100,000 for Construction of New Library

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Rotary Charities Chairperson, Gregg Smith

This afternoon, Rotary Charities of Traverse City announced the recipients of their spring-cycle grants, totaling over $460,000 in the form of six grants- including a $100,000 grant to Interlochen Public Library (IPL) for the construction of a new library/community center.

“Having Rotary Charities recognize our hard work and our organization with such a generous challenge grant means the world to us,” stated Mary Beth Hardwicke, Co-Chair of IPL’s citizen-led new building campaign. “This grant has put us at the halfway mark, now at $1.25 million toward our $2.5 million goal, 17 months into a 36-month campaign. It gives us energy and incentivizess donors to help us match the $100,000.”

Located near the Green Lake Township Offices, Township Fire & Rescue, and Interlochen Community School, the construction of a new library is aimed at helping to create a village center within Interlochen. “We see the new building as a place-maker for the Interlochen community – with all the socioeconomic benefits that entails,” says Hardwicke. “It is a great source of pride for our entire community.”


The following grants were awarded during the spring grant cycle:

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Denny Phillps and Terry Marchand of Centre Ice, and Rotary Charities Trustee, Beth Karczewski

City Opera House: Capital Grant     $95,000
For construction of restrooms and meeting space, making the
third-floor level more accessible and usable

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation: Capital Grant      $95,000
To begin phase 2 construction at the Barns property, which will
provide a connection between the cathedral and historic barns, make
the property more accessible, and create an outdoor amphitheater

Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation: Capital Grant      $99,000
Dollar for dollar challenge grant for reuse of the former health
department building to accommodate the new PACE program for area seniors

Interlochen Public Library: Capital Grant      $100,000
Dollar for dollar challenge grant for construction of the new public
library and community space in the village of Interlochen

Involved Citizen Enterprises (Centre Ice): Capital Grant      $68,700
For updates to the aging HVAC system at Centre Ice

Planned Parenthood: Program Grant      $10,110
For training of staff and program-related supplies intended to
increase accessibility of long acting reversible contraception
to under resourced women