Long-time community leader Don Schurr strives to bring jobs to Gratiot County, improve the region’s economic climate and partner with local organizations to expand business and industry.
Schurr is president of Greater Gratiot Development Inc., which has had a role in the creation of more than 2,700 net jobs since its establishment in 1978. His successes have led GGDI to national recognition as a model community development organization.
“What a difference Don has made in our community,” says Alma College President Jeff Abernathy, who will present the college’s 2013 Community Service Award to Schurr during Community Appreciation Day festivities on Saturday, Sept. 14.
“For nearly three decades, Don has helped local communities thrive, often in tough economic conditions,” says Abernathy. “He also partners with Alma College in many ways, including serving on our business education committee and employing Alma College interns, which has furthered the career ambitions of many of our students.”
Community Appreciation Day activities near the Bahlke Field entrance include a family picnic and inflatable games for the kids beginning at noon, followed by the football game against Illinois Wesleyan University at 1 p.m.
Abernathy will present the Community Service Award to Schurr during halftime of the football game. Also recognized will be Alma CPA Timothy Kellner, this year’s chair of the college’s community fund drive.
“Community members serve as valuable mentors to our students and help them learn, grow and be members of a community that is not their hometown,” says Brent Neubecker, director of annual giving at Alma College. “Community Appreciation Day is our way to thank all those who support Alma College and its students.”
Admission is free to the pregame activities. Football game admission is $5 for adults and free for students and children 12 and under.