Community Involvement

For many years Traverse City has been considered one of the best towns in Michigan. Located on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, the region is noted for its amazing beauty and four vibrant seasons. At any time tens of thousands of people flock to the region to take advantage of its natural beauty, or play with many of the natural or manmade resources.

Huge crowds are annually drawn to the National Cherry Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival. Known for some of the highest rated schools in the state, a vibrant arts community, the nearby Interlochen Center for the Arts, award-winning wineries, Northwestern Michigan College and the University Center are all woven into the fabric of this community.

Traverse City is the economic hub of Northern Michigan. With an active chamber of commerce and business leaders that refuse to accept economic troubles, local economy is strong. Bill Marsh is proud to be a part of this region, and an important contributor to a positive social and business environment.

We're excited to now be the official sponsor of TBAYS (Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer)!
Bill Marsh has become a key organizer in the annual TC Patriot Game. Fallen heroes and veterans are honored at the annual TC West/TC Central football game that attracts over 10,000 people. Through donations and the sale of t-shirts tens of thousands of dollars have been donated to veterans support groups for this event.

Veteran's Memorial at Thirlby Field
We created and organized a fundraiser that brought in $8,000 to erect a permanent Veterans' memorial at Thirlby Field. A constant reminder of the sacrifice of so many.
For over 20 years Bill Marsh has strongly supported the annual Toys for Tots drive that helps needy families at Christmas. We teamed up with supporters who wanted to make bikes available to some of the kids through a Bikes for Tikes program. Every year we collect hundreds of bikes that are distributed in dozens of communities in the region.
Bill Marsh has supported Big Brothers and Big Sisters for many years. Many of our employees have sponsored their own "Little" and helped at-risk youth in the region. The company has financially supported the community organization and been a big part in the annual Bowl For Kid's Sake.
In recognition of a large number of veterans are entering the workforce and many of them have a tough time getting jobs.  We worked with Michigan Works and Veteran organizations to find jobs for our returning heroes. Over 200 Veterans attended a job fair and 40 of them received good job offers.
This is yet another event we created at the request of an employee in Kalkaska who was very aware of the difficulty the Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resource had in keeping their food pantry for people in need stocked. The event this year collected over 16,000 pounds of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items.
When asked to sponsor Mud Sweat and Beers for Mt. Holiday we wanted to do more than write a check. We took Jeeps out to the registration and paid $10 for everyone who took a Jeep test drive. We donated an additional $1,300 on top of our sponsorship.
2015 was our first year to be a major sponsor of the Northwest Michigan Fair. Not only did we make a cash donation we also helped out with cooking pancakes for fair families, driving golf carts to shuttle people to the auction, but we also sold TC Patriot Game shirts at the Fair and provided a drawing for people attending the rodeo.
For more than a decade Bill Marsh has worked with our manufacturers to hold ride-and-drive programs at area elementary and high schools. The support for these programs have been remarkable. Recently Westwoods Elementary School was given a $5,000 bonus from Chrysler Corporation for being one of the top five schools in the country to get drivers to the fundraiser.
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