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Modern Woodmen Donates $2,500 Matching Funds to Berkley Instrumental Boosters

"Music was the place to put the money," said Berkley resident Kevin McDaid, who initiated the Modern Woodmen matching donation to Berkley Instrumental Boosters.

Modern Woodmen, one of the country’s largest fraternal financial service organizations, donated $2,500 in matching funds to Berkley Instrumental Boosters (BIB) at its first meeting of 2013.

Thomas R. Holmes, a former Berkley resident and financial representative from the Kalamazoo office, presented a check for $5,000, which represented matching funds associated with the BIB annual Fruit & Nut sale.

Berkley residents Kevin and Mary McDaid, (Berkley High School class of ’73 and ’75, respectively) nominated BIB for the donation and helped provide volunteer support.

Citing concern over decreasing funds for music education nationwide, Kevin said, “Music was the place to put money.”

BIB President Gordy Oliva said he couldn’t be more pleased. "We are thrilled that Modern Woodmen approached us to contribute such a sizable donation.  Corporate involvement like this is what will allow for the continued success of our students and our music program,” said Oliva.

During his presentation at the BIB general meeting, Holmes said he is often met with initial disbelief. “Why do we give back to communities? Because we are non-profit. It is my job to give back,” he said.

Modern Woodmen helps its members plan for financial security through insurance, investment and banking products. The organization began in 1883, and continues to bring people together through fraternalism, supporting families and strengthening communities. For more information about the company, visit the website at www.modern-woodmen.org.

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Gordy Oliva January 09, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Once again, a huge thank you for this donation and all others from community members and corporations.
Claire Charlton January 10, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Fantastic news!
Thomas Holmes January 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Thanks to all those who have supported and continue to support the education of our children. On behalf of Modern Woodmen, I am pleased to be able to help. It is through our fraternalism that we touch lives and secure futures. Families are the lifeblood of our society and of our organization. Looking forward to working with Berkley other area schools for many years.

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