KCF is going for the gold

HANCOCK — Keweenaw Community Foundation’s annual Keweenaw Gold fundraiser is scheduled for 6-9 p.m., Wednesday March 15, at the Bonfire Steakhouse Bar and Grill on the Seventh Floor of the Magnuson Hotel in Houghton.

This year’s theme is “Blueprints of Our Community’s Future,” in honor of Herman “Winks” Gundlach. Gundlach graduated from Harvard University in 1935 with a degree in civil engineering. After playing profressional football briefly for the Boston Redskins, he returned to Houghton to manage the construction company started by his father. Serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during WWII, he was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Major. After the war, Gundlach returned to Houghton and built the company into one of the largest and most respected contracting companies in Michigan. He retired in 1988, but continued to serve on the board of directors of the Gundlach Champion general contracting company until his death in 2005 at the age of 92.

The Herman Gundlach Fund is one of several endowments managed by the KCF, according to Jim Vivian, executive director of KCF. In 2016 alone, the fund awarded over $69,500 to local organizations to fund community needs, in grant amounts ranging from $1,375 to $5,000.

Keweenaw Gold is one of KCF’s most popular and important annual fundraising events.

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $75, with a portion of that eligible as a tax deductable charitable contribution.

“All proceeds from the event go towards promoting the foundation’s mission to inspire giving that invests in our community’s quality of life,” a recent KCF release stated.

Those interested in attending can RSVP by calling the KCF office at (906) 482-9673. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.keweenawgives.org.