A view of the pond located in “The 42 Acre” property being eyed as a nature preserve in Grand Beach.

GRAND BEACH — A Grand Beach Nature Preserve Fundraiser is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. (Central Time) Saturday, July 20, at the Grand Beach Village Clubhouse.

There will be food (thanks to Dooley’s Pub, Jackie’s Cafe, Fresco and Ginger’s Popcorn), libations and hopefully, some high bidding (both a silent and live auction are planned). Live

and silent auction items include: two passes for unlimited golf for the Grand Beach 2020

season, Golf for 4 at private courses including Long Beach Country Club, Sand Creek Country Club, Lost Dunes, Beverly Country Club in Chicago (for the 2020 season) and The Jewel at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island; two-night golf getaways to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and Crystal Mountain Resor; a one-week rental of a two-bedroom condo on the Gulf of Mexico in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida; a one-week rental of a Grand Beach cottage; a full-season rental of a golf cart from Carts on 12; a four-step seasonal lawn package from Servicescape; a Magnum of fine wine; memorial benches for the driving range, entrance to the preserve, and the pond; gift baskets from A Cut Above, the Salon at 10th and Pine, Third Coast Surf Shop, Designer CottageScapes of Harbor Country, Timothy Jeffry Salon, Pristine Pools and the Grand Beach Clubhouse; a massage and pedicure from Harbor Spa; gift certificates for dining at the Terrace Room, William B’s, New Buffalo Bill’s, Stop 50, Villa Nova and Davi’s Deli; original artwork from renowned local artist Lenore Senovic whose work is displayed at The Courtyard Gallery; wine tasting at Shady Creek, and CoopersHawk (with more to come).

Tom Suhs, a former local resident, will present a history of the historic

Golfmore Hotel prior to the Grand Beach Nature Preserve Fundraiser (beginning at 5 p.m. Central Time). Through pictures, advertisements, period postcards, newspaper articles and videos he will bring the Golfmore back to life. Highlights include its history as training camp for a number of renowned pugilists.

There is an Aug. 15, 2019, deadline for the village to meet the match and accept a $2,400,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for the purchase of "the 42 Acres" of undeveloped land (including a pond and wooded area) slated to become the Grand Beach Nature Preserve.

The 42 Acres contains plant species that are rare to the area and normally found only in East Coast Plain Marshes. The land has been accessed by villagers for many years thanks to the agreement with Grand Beach Land Development and is the only open area left in the Village that isn't being broken up into lots for building sites.

The Village is required to provide 25 percent of the purchase price in matching funds or $800,000 to receive the $2,400,000 grant. A donation of 10 percent of the land value has been committed by Grand Beach Land Development, along with a matching funds grant from The Pokagon Fund from municipal funds in the amount of $58,000, and donations from residents already exceeding $150,000, leaving a balance of more than $200,000 to be raised.

Sheila McGinnis of the Friends of Grand Beach Nature Preserve, who is spearheading the July 20 fund-raising event, is accepting items to be auctioned such as operable snowmobiles, golf carts, tickets to games or services. She also has ideas for naming rights for the trails and areas in the acreage depending on donation levels. The Village of Grand Beach is a tax qualified entity under the laws of the State of Michigan, and donations may qualify for a tax deduction.

For more information on the fund-raiser, call (773) 934-9580 or send an email to fgbnp42@gmail.com.

Financial donations are being accepted and checks should be made payable

to the Village of Grand Beach and mailed to 48200 Perkins Blvd., Grand Beach, MI 49117.

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