Jack and Danielle Poindexter
When asked what they love most about this area, Jack replies “What’s not to love?” Jack and Danielle Poindexter have years of experience on which to base that assessment: Danielle is originally from East Jordan and Jack moved to the area in 1999. Having lived here for many years, they have come to enjoy “little bits of everything”, Jack says. They like to boat, kayak, and fish, camp a couple of times every summer, and have just recently tried bicycling together. “Like a lot of other people, we’re trying to be more active – together,” explains Danielle. “We’re fortunate to live where we do because all of these activities are available!”
Right now Jack and Danielle are working to include their nine children (Jack has five daughters and Danielle has three daughters and a son) in their local philanthropy through a donor advised fund. “If we can help our community continue to improve and grow the quality of life for folks here in some small way, we want to do that,” notes Jack. “We’ve been very blessed in so many ways, and giving back is one way we can share those blessings,” Danielle adds.
The Poindexters have provided for the continued philanthropy of their children in their estate plan plus a gift to the Community Fund. “The Community Foundation serves as a good steward for people’s charitable gifts,” says Jack, who has been a trustee and member of the executive committee. “We like that the Community Foundation is diverse in its community support – there are many different types of organizations doing different types of work to improve Charlevoix County. That’s why we felt it was important to give to the Community Fund, which has the greatest flexibility to provide for whatever our community needs in the future.” With support from generous people like Jack and Danielle, the Community Fund can do just that.
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Arthur B. Saworski
Art Saworski was born in Cologne, Germany in 1928. As World War II neared an end, he was drafted into the German army, serving in the Nazi Youth Corp in anti-aircraft operations. When the war ended, he was imprisoned for a short time by the Allies, but was later released in the care of his family. Throughout his early years, and primarily through the influence of his maternal grandmother, Art developed a love for classical music and the classical arts. In 1953, at the age of 25, Art was offered the opportunity to attend college in the United States, as part of the Marshall Plan Exchange Student Program. He jumped at the opportunity, and enrolled at Western Reserve (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating, Art moved to Detroit to work for the Ford Motor Company on the Edsel Project. Although he enjoyed his job as an automotive engineer, he took every available opportunity to visit the Boyne City area, eventually moving to Boyne Falls in 1968.
Art was a man of many talents. He owned his own real estate company, helped start the Commission on Aging and was also the Director of the Charlevoix County Transit system, a position he held until his retirement in 1988. Although Art moved halfway across the world to pursue his education and his career, he never lost sight of the things he loved, maintaining a life-long passion for the classical arts. This love of the arts was present in Art to the end, and resulted in the establishment of the Wisser-Saworski Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation on his passing in 2011. Art enjoyed his life and cherished his past, which is why he included his mother's maiden name, Wisser, in the name of the Fund. The Wisser-Saworski Endowment for the Arts supports all forms of the classical arts in and around Charlevoix County, making the Fund a fitting tribute to Art and his family.
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