Community Opens Up Wallets for Sanborn Gratiot Memorial Home Fundraiser

Port Huron, MI — The Sanborn Gratiot Memorial Home in Port Huron exceeded their 2020 spring fundraising goal in a big way. The goal of $20,000 was quickly met and the campaign went on to bring in over $32,000.

Part of the success of the campaign was a matching fund challenge that doubled donations up to $8000 and a Diamond-level donation of $5000 from Laura Newsome, a member of the Home’s Board of Directors.

The virtual fundraiser started in May, in place of the cancelled in-person luncheon that is usually held. Executive Director of Blue Water Developmental Housing, Kathy Swantek, said, “Our luncheon typically raises $20,000 each year, and we were confident we had good community support. However, the community far exceeded our expectations, and we are thankful and grateful to all who recognize the need for Sanborn Gratiot Memorial Home, and to all who chose to support it even during the midst of this pandemic.”

Sanborn Gratiot Memorial Home has been providing assisted living to area senior citizens since 1944. The home provides lodging for seniors who have lower incomes and may have nowhere else to go.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland