by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor

THE 100+ WOMEN WHO CARE Greater Durand Area presented a check for $8,600 to the Durand Union Station during its March 23 meeting. The next scheduled meeting of 100+ Women Who Care Greater Durand Area is set for Sept. 21 at the United Methodist Church, 10016 Newburg Rd. in Durand. The group has seven founding members, Linda Greeson, Leslie Dietrich, Shari Demo, Debra Lintz, Kathy Wilson, Kasey Fiebernitz, and Karla Luchinbell. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

The 100+ Women Who Care Greater Durand Area held its second fundraising event Thursday, March 23 at the United Methodist Church in Vernon Township. After giving $6,400 to the Durand Area Schools Educational Foundation (DASEF) during its inaugural event last October, the group was able to raise $8,600 this time around. Linda Carsten, a Durand Union Station volunteer, gave the presentation for the Depot, Tricia Murphy-Alderman presented on behalf of Live Healthy Shiawassee, and Durand Area School teacher Rebecca Shankster presented on behalf of the Durand Robotics program.

Durand Union Station was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1985, and the Depot currently has one full-time employee, three part-time employees, and upwards of 170 volunteers. Durand Union Station, Inc., (DUSI) has an annual budget of $170,000, which includes running the buildings eight furnaces, “hefty” liability insurance costs, and cleaning for the building that regularly has roughly 15,000 visitors per year.

In 2016, 12 percent of the DUSI income came from general donations, 43 percent came from events and fundraisers, 36 percent came from facility rentals and the gift shop, and nine percent came from grants. That means that the staff was responsible for raising more than $154,000 last year.

In addition to the day-to-day operations, DUSI is also in the process of raising funds for several major preservation projects. The Depot is currently raising money for a $50,000 exterior maintenance project, in addition to a $20,000 exterior painting project, which is where most of the newly acquired funds will be used. As of March 23, the Depot had raised $9,000 to cover the painting project through a “Dollar for the Depot” fundraising campaign.

DASEF board member Jan Harper also spoke during the March 23 meeting to give those in attendance an idea of how her organization has spent the $6,400 granted to them by the 100+ Women Who Care Greater Durand Area in 2016. The DASEF has used $5,035 throughout the Durand Area Schools system, helping to fund field trips and school programs such as Reading Night, Girls On the Run, STEM, Cheerleading, Youth Basketball, Robotics, and many others.

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