Lakeview foundation celebrates 10 years

By Daily News • Last Updated 9:36 am on Thursday, November 03, 2011

LAKEVIEW — Scholarship recipient names were shared, 2012 grants were announced and the 5th Quality of Life award was presented at the 10th Annual Community Dinner hosted by the Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF).
Over 100 were in attendance to celebrate the growth of the LACF and to thank donors who’ve supported its mission by starting endowment funds that support area organizations and that provide over $10,000 in scholarships to area graduating seniors each year.
This year’s event was held at the United Church of Christ in Lakeview and guests were entertained by Carlos Melendez before dinner. Dr. Keith Treiber was master of ceremonies and thanked the many table sponsors and lead co-sponsors Chemical Bank and Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital.
Featured speaker was Kyle Hamlin, Superintendent of Lakeview Community Schools. Following his comments, Greg Thebo, LACF Advisory Committee member offered the treasurer’s report and Dallas Lincoln, LACF’s Advisory Committee Chair gave a brief overview of the groups history. Other LACF members also participated, with Pat Hinrichs reading the scholarship recipients names for 2011 and James Freed announcing the successful 2012 grant recipients. They were United Lifestyles for their Bike Safety Helmet project during the Lakeview Community Health Fair, and the Lakeview Museum to support their historic tour.
Each year the LACF asks for nominations from the community for its Quality of Life award. Past recipients have been the Lakeview Lions Club and Mel Molitor, Ryan Engle of the Lakeview Community Wellness Center, Dallas Lincoln and Dr. Gary Baker. Baker surprised the audience with this year’s recipients – the Lakeview Jaycees and Alger Abbey. Abbey at 90 years old, received a standing ovation and was “humbled” as he said. His service to the community includes serving on the School Board, participating with the Boy Scouts, many leadership positions at his church and mission work in Africa. He and his wife also opened the Abbey home to young people in need often. Genia McClinchey and Pam Main nominated Mr. Abbey and described Alger as an “encourager” who always wrote notes of encouragement to people offering inspiration and cheer when ever he could.
Baker also displayed the new plaque listing all Quality of Life honorees that will hang in the Tamarack District Library soon.
Over 22 endowment funds make up the LACF family of funds with the newest being the Trufant Area Scholarship Fund, the Lincoln Family Adult Scholarship Fund and the Darwin Van Houten Memorial Scholarship Fund that will provide awards to students from the Montabella School District.
The Lakeview Area Community Fund is an affiliate of the Greenville Area Community Foundation. For more information about starting a fund or giving a donation, contact Alison Barberi at or 616.754.2640. Credit card gifts can be made on-line at All donations between now and the end of the year qualify for the community foundation tax credit, as well as, other tax deductions.

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