Consumers Energy Foundation supports enhancements to Veterans Memorial Park

Bob Gluszewski, area manager for Consumers Energy, presents a $5,000 check on behalf of the Consumers Energy Foundation in support of enhancements to Veterans Memorial Park in Manistee. George Wagoner, member of a community group leading the enhancement effort, and Laura Heintzelman, executive director of the Manistee County Community Foundation which manages Veterans Memorial Park Fund, accept the donation. (Meg LeDuc/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — The Consumers Energy Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant that will support the completion of the new arch placed this fall at the entrance to Manistee’s Veterans Memorial Park.

Ted Arens, a retired businessman, has been coordinating efforts to enhance the park for the past couple of years. A veteran himself, Arens says his entire life was shaped by the American soldier.

During World War II, American and Allied soldiers helped liberate the Netherlands where his family lived.

Although Arens was unable to accept the grant in person, he expressed deep appreciation for the donation.

“We must recognize and never forget the great sacrifices made by veterans and their families,” Arens said. “Thanks to the generous support from the Consumers Energy Foundation we can finish this phase of the project and put the finishing touches on the entrance arch that will welcome and honor our area veterans and all veterans.”

“We’re proud to be a part of this effort to recognize and honor our veterans and their families by supporting the beautification of this important community gathering place,” said David Mengebier, President of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “The new entrance arch and the other recent enhancements not only pay tribute to the great sacrifices veterans make but they also enrich the Manistee community and help to make the park more accessible for veterans and everyone.”

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy. It provides funding to areas including education, the environment, Michigan growth and enhancement, culture and the arts, social service and emerging issues.

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