Relouws Donate 2002

Relouws give $100,000 to foundation 2002

A Grand Bend couple has generously donated $100,000 to the Grand Bend Community Foundation.

Tony and Fran Relouw have wanted to make this donation for a very long time. In handing over the cheque to chairman, Hank Krech, Tony, who heads up the foundation’s marketing and communications committee, said he believes in what the foundation is doing and this seemed like the best way to demonstrate that.

The money will create a new endowment fund with the foundation’s Community Growth fund called the Tony and Fran Relouw Family Fund. Proceeds, each year, will be granted to worthwhile youth and recreational activities in the greater Grand Bend area.

Krech said this is a wonderful way to show the community that the Grand Bend Community Foundation is evolving into a positive force for long-term improvement in greater Grand Bend.

“Our motto is ‘growing support for an outstanding community,’ and Tony and Fran have certainly shown commitment to that cause with this wonderful gift.,” said Krech.

Tony started Andex Metal Products in Exeter 35 years ago. He and Fran have spent 46 years in this community of Grand Bend. The Relouws have raised three children here and their children are raising five children here.

“This community is near and dear to us,” said Tony.

The Foundation’s goal is to become the center of philanthropy for the greater Grand Bend area. Its mission statement is: “To attract and effectively grow permanent funds, to provide leadership in identifying and funding significant community needs, and to help donors fulfill their philanthropic interest.”

Krech says grant applications are available now through the foundation office above the library and registered charitable organizations. Qualified grant recipients are encouraged to introduce themselves to or to the foundation’s volunteer executive director, Maxine Eveland who can be reached at 238-2190.

An information meeting scheduled for April 27 at 10 AM at the Grand Bend Legion will outline the future of this foundation, as well as the Grand Bend Partnership Committee and The Community Health Centre Foundation.