Lance and Kathy Parker
Lance Parker was from the Detroit area and summered in northern Michigan throughout his childhood. The Parker family included five brothers and one sister, who loved exploring the outdoors. “Lance adored Charlevoix,” Kathy explains, “so we moved here to enjoy it.” The pair appreciated spending time together on the boat and fishing the lakes around northern Michigan. “It is everything he promised it would be – the natural beauty, lakes, fishing, hunting, and great friends who also value these things,” says Kathy.
Kathy included the Community Foundation in her estate plan to honor Lance, who passed away in 2018. Her future gift will establish the Lance Parker Memorial Fund, an endowed designated fund that will make annual distributions to area nonprofit organizations. “I miss Lance terribly,” Kathy shares, “but through this gift I feel the joy and satisfaction of perpetuating the things we love.”