Bob and Gay Pung
After their own children had left home, Bob and Gay Pung moved up north and continued supporting young people by cheering them on at a variety of athletic events in Charlevoix. “We went to girls basketball, volleyball, and soccer, as well as boys football and basketball games,” noted Gay. When word got out that Bob might be willing to volunteer, he gained the title of “Stat Man”, spending hours at boys and girls basketball games. Bob enjoyed and respected young people. When he passed away, Gay established the Bob Pung Youth Scholarship Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation. The Fund was meant to help kids – through expenses for sports, access to opportunities, or mission trips here and abroad. Gay explains, “Bob wanted that. He was very sick, but very firm: he wanted to help kids.”
The Fund has grown and evolved over the years and now helps to provide programs and services to young people across Charlevoix County. The Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee grants dollars from the Fund in response to requests from nonprofit partners every year. In 2016, Gay included an estate gift to the Fund in her will. When the Community Foundation receives her estate gift years and years from now, the name will change to the Bob and Gay Pung Fund for Youth and will ensure that their legacy of supporting kids will continue for generations to come.