Sports Complex project receives $125,000 donation

Consumers Energy celebrates 125th year with giving

Mike Guswiler of the WMSC receives $125,000 from Carolyn Bloodworth of Consumers Energy.

During the groundbreaking of the West Michigan Sports Commission facility at Ten Mile Road in Plainfield Township, Carolyn Bloodworth, Secretary/Treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation presented a check for $125,000 toward the project. The grant is to support the $7.8 million athletic facility and is part of $1.25 in matching grants offered in ten community projects throughout Michigan. A Bloodworth praised the complex as a worthy and exciting development for West Michigan and a perfect fit for a series of donations by the company in honor of their 125th anniversary this year. Across Michigan, Consumers Energy Foundation gave a series of $125,000 matching grants to worthy, non-profit organizations.

David Mengebier, president of Consumers Energy said, “It is amazing what can be accomplished when people, organizations and communities work together.” He said the company’s 7,500 employees and retirees are committed to Michigan and making this a better state for all. In 2011 Consumers Energy contacted leaders in ten communities asking to identify local needs and worthy community projects.

“The West Michigan Sports Commission presented this recreational and economic development project that has attracted terrific support,” said Mengebier. “The Consumers Energy Foundation is proud to support this project and help it become a reality.” To find out more about the new Art Van Complex or to donate, visit online at

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