Fifth Third jumpstarts Annual Fund campaign

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College heads into its 2014 Annual Fund campaign with an extra bonus from Fifth Third Bank.

Fifth Third in September doubled their yearly gift to the NMC Annual Fund to $10,000, creating a new “Capstone” level of support. The bank has supported the college for more than 30 years.

“Investing in education is a priority for Fifth Third. We’re happy to give back,” said Fifth Third Vice President John Melcher.

Fifth Third is part of a group of generous organizations and individuals who serve as Annual Fund lead donors, each making gifts of $5,000. Lead donors are American Waste, Chemical Bank, Ford Insurance, H. Cox & Son, Jordan Exploration, the Art & Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation, and the Noverr Family. Combined, these donors have contributed 20 percent of the $225,000 the campaign seeks to raise for the Annual Fund by June 30.

The NMC Foundation’s Annual Fund is comprised only of gifts to the unrestricted fund and those designated for general scholarships. Unrestricted giving ensures that NMC has the agility to respond to industry demands, community priorities, and the changing needs of learners. The 2013 Annual Fund campaign exceeded its goal of $200,000.

To make a gift, contact Courtney Sorrell, Annual Giving Specialist, at or (231) 995-1030.

Release date: OCTOBER 10, 2014

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks, Executive Director
NMC Office of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
(231) 995-1019