The gift will help toward the campaign’s goal to raise $150,000 to replace the current 25-year-old sound system and renovate the riverfront buildings that house the current system, improve overall sound quality and fidelity, and ideally reduce the sound volume required to reach the almost half-mile-wide audience on the opposite riverbank.
The Musical Fountain has been entertaining audiences on the Grand Haven riverfront for more than 50 years, free of charge. Audiences have grown from hundreds during weekdays to sometimes thousands for newly developed themed shows. The current estimates for seasonal attendance are roughly 100,000.
”The Musical Fountain Committee is grateful to receive funding from 100 Men Who Give supporting our campaign to renovate the Musical Fountain sound system,” fountain committee chairman Andy Cawthon said. “Every gift is vital and welcome.”
The 100 Men Who Give help charitable organizations in the Tri-Cities area by making unanticipated gifts to support good works in the community. The group currently has about 70 members and meets quarterly in Spring Lake. In a one-hour meeting, the group listens to presentations from three randomly selected members representing local organizations, asks questions of the presenters, and then votes to determine which agency receives its charitable funds. Each member writes a $100 check and the funds are quickly disbursed to the winning agency.
The 100 Men Who Give is open to all and welcomes new members. The group’s next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Old Boys’ Brewhouse in Spring Lake. Those interested may contact Kyle Williams at [email protected] or 616-402-1389.