Chuck and Trudy Center

Chuck and Trudy Center love their little piece of peace and quiet nestled in the woods not far from Lake Michigan. Chuck, Charlevoix Township supervisor, and Trudy, who owned a salon in Petoskey, moved to the area when they were in their twenties. They, like many others, have built a good life here, one they feel privileged to have. When they learned about the Community Foundation’s Legacy Society through a letter from some acquaintances of theirs, they decided they wanted to participate. “We have been very blessed,” said Trudy, “and we would like to see our blessings carried on after we are gone.” The couple met with their financial advisor as well as staff at the Community Foundation to determine the best option for giving. Since they’ve both had a lifelong love for animals, they chose to set aside a portion of their estate to create a fund that will support the Charlevoix County Humane Society annually.  The remainder of the estate gift will enrich the Community Fund, which will help the Community Foundation meet needs and advance opportunities in Charlevoix County for years to come.  The Centers understand that we can't predict the future, but we can anticipate it: as times change, this gift will respond.  When Trudy passed away in 2019, Chuck suggested that gifts be made to the Charlevoix County Humane Society Endowment in Trudy's memory.