Camp McSauba Receives Chicago Club Support

Camp McSauba, a summer day camp operated by the City of Charlevoix, is off to a great start again this summer with grant support from the Chicago Club.  Utilizing a fund established at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the members of the Chicago Club have a long history of supporting projects to benefit Charlevoix’s young people.  “The Chicago Club Fund grant will allow more than twenty campers to enjoy a week at camp,” noted Maureen Radke, Program Officer at the Community Foundation. 


Daily activities include small and large group games, arts and crafts, bb gunnery, archery and field sports.  Each day wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Lake Michigan beach.  Camp sessions run five days per week, with an awards ceremony for campers, parents, grandparents and friends each Friday morning.  “We specialize in having fun outdoors in a camp environment,” said Jane Milan, Camp McSauba Director, “and we are grateful for this support that allows more children to participate.”


The Chicago Club Fund at the Community Foundation also supports civic enrichment activities that are enjoyed by the entire community. These activities include the Venetian Festival, the petunias made possible by Keep Charlevoix Beautiful, improvements in East Park, and support for a variety of local non-profit agencies. “The boost provided by the Chicago Club Fund can be seen and felt everywhere in the Charlevoix area, by residents and visitors alike,” added Radke. 


The Chicago Club was established in 1880, and today many of the original families continue to maintain cottages in the Association. Although most members are summer residents of Charlevoix, the Chicago Club has a long history of generously supporting local causes.  “The Chicago Club makes a significant impact in Charlevoix,” explained Chip Hansen, President of the Community Foundation.  “We are so pleased to be able to connect the Chicago Club to the needs and opportunities in our area,” he added.


The Charlevoix County Community Foundation holds many funds for the purpose of moving our community forward for a brighter future.  The Community Fund provides flexible support for all of Charlevoix County, while other funds are designated to support arts and culture, the environment, health, urgent needs, and youth, along with funds for Beaver Island, Boyne City, Charlevoix, and East Jordan.  Additional funds offer tools for donors to make a difference through the Community Foundation.