January 2017 Update – Save The Catwalk
As of January 2017, efforts are continuing on Save The Catwalk according to spoke persons for the project. It is encouraging with the recent news of local events in Grand Haven that will raise money for the project, as well as, The City of Grand Haven and The Crane Foundation will provide matching funds. Here are the details on the recent activities from an excerpt courtesy of MLIVE.
Erin Turrell, Save the Catwalk chairwoman, said she considers fundraising for the catwalk her “second full time job.”
“I think it’s really important we do as much as we can because the longer she’s off, the more out of sight, out of mind she is,” Turell said.
This year, the Save the Catwalk committee partnered with Grand Haven’s annual Winterfest, which is Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29.
The event at The Eagles is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $20 to attend. There will be wine and beer tasting, silent and live auctions, entertainment and activities for kids.
Other events to raise money for the catwalk on that Saturday include a cold water dumpster dive at 4 p.m. and Rotary Club of Grand Haven run at 6 p.m.
The Crane Foundation also agreed to match up to $10,000 raised at The Eagles event.
Turell said working for the cause the last 18 months has been a privilege.
“This has been important to me since I was a little girl … every effort we make for future generations is very important to me,” Turell said.
It is important to note that there is much to do to reach the financial goals and that we need to do whatever we can to raise money to complete the project. True, the shock of the “flat” pier has worn off over the last several months, but it is still startling to look at the dark landscape on the webcam at night. Talking with Erin during the past year, she is upbeat and acknowledges the support for the project. However, it is quite evident that Erin will not rest until the last piece of the catwalk is put back on the pier!
Grand Haven Pier At Night by Roger Swieringa