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Rotary donates more than $13K for catwalk

Alex Doty • Sep 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Save the Catwalk organizers recently received some much-needed support from the local Rotary Club to help them reach their $1 million goal.

Representatives from the Rotary Club of Grand Haven presented the city and Save the Catwalk campaign chairwoman Erin Turrell with a $13,500 check for the fundraising drive during last week’s Grand Haven City Council meeting. The money came from the organization’s D’Vine Event, which took place earlier this summer.

Turrell said she is grateful for all of the support that the Save the Catwalk fundraising drive has achieved thus far.

“We are well over $800,000 toward our goal,” she said. “We’re very close, and I just want to close that gap.”

Fundraising efforts are helping to pay for the cost of removing the catwalk from Grand Haven’s south pier, fabricating replacement catwalk parts and eventually putting the catwalk back on the pier.

Fundraising has been a grassroots effort, Turrell said, noting that funding has come from local businesses selling shirts and collecting donations, people making financial contributions, and local organizations raising money.

Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that the final project completion date for the pier reconstruction project is June 2018. Once the pier is reopened, the catwalk can be replaced on the structure.

“We’re very excited to make sure the pier is open, the catwalk is back up, and people can go out and enjoy (the new structures),” Turrell said.

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