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Gift will support health, wellness for local school children

• Nov 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan recently announce a gift of $25,000 to the Richard G. and Patricia R. Huff Children’s Support Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

The gift was made in honor of Richard Huff, D.O., and his nearly 50-year career as a master practitioner and teacher of osteopathic manipulative medicine. Throughout his career, Huff has helped thousands of West Michigan patients and has trained dozens of osteopathic residents who now treat patients nationwide. His leadership was also instrumental in the formation of the Mercy Health Physician Partners Manipulative Medicine Clinic, which serves the dual purpose of treating patients and advancing the osteopathic manipulative medicine residency program at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon.

The Richard G. and Patricia R. Huff Children’s Support Fund was established in 2016 to support the needs of K-6 school children attending Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport public schools.

Patricia Huff is a retired educator whose 45-year career included professorships at Grand Rapids Community College, Baker College and Muskegon Community College.

“Our number one interest in establishing this fund is to give children the tools they need to withstand the stresses of today’s world,” Dr. Huff said. “In addition to assisting with obvious needs like health and wellness, we hope to partner with our elementary schools to offer mindfulness education or similar programs that can help kids rise above bullying, abuse or a number of other things that may be causing them to feel high levels of stress at a very young age. We feel strongly that if we can teach kids how to process and minimize stress early on, they will benefit from this knowledge for the rest of their lives. Local educators are encouraged to come forward to help us identify how and where we can be of most help.”

Jose A. Infante, board chairman for the Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan, said the non-profit’s gift will allow the Huffs to expand the number of school partnerships and students who can benefit from the vision for their fund.

“We are thrilled to be able to make this gift in honor of Dr. Huff. He and his wife Pat have long had a passion for supporting children in our community who may not have access to wellness resources that many of us take for granted,” he said. “This gift will allow the Huffs to fill a void for those who are most in need of accessing programs that can benefit them for years to come.”

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation President Holly Johnson said the Huff’s donor-advised fund is an example of how individuals can become philanthropists and join with others to further the causes that are most important to them.

“Our foundation works every day to meet the needs of the community, but we also look to people like the Huffs so we can assist with unique programs that we would otherwise not be able to support through our general funds,” she said.

Those interested in contributing to the fund are asked to send a check made out to Grand Haven Area Community Foundation with “Huff Children’s Support Fund” on the memo line to 1. S. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

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