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Mayor Victoria Garcia-Snyder and the Albion Community Foundation announce $2 million matching gift from the de Nicola family By SYLVIA BENAVIDEZ Contributing Writer September 30, 2021 The celebration is over, but the community’s work is about to begin in Albion. During the Festival of the Forks, Mayor Victoria Garcia-Snyder and The Albion Community Foundation announced that the Christie and Tony de Nicola family made the largest gift in the Foundation’s history. The de Nicola’s $2,000,000 gift has a matching gift component, resulting in a total of $4,000,000 going to support projects involving improvements for area residents, especially that of children ... Read More
By SYLVIA BENAVIDEZ Contributing Writer October 7, 2021 In a weekend filled with positive news, the Albion Community Foundation received a $300,000 gift from the Cram family to honor their parents Dr. Ralph Cram and the late Mary E. Cram. This fund was established by their daughter Virginia Cram-Marto and Dr. Cram to celebrate their family's legacy of philanthropy and volunteerism. This generous gift will initially be used to revitalize the Albion train depot and then establish an ACF endowment to maintain the 1882 Victorian train station. On completion of the depot restoration project, the fund will be used to ... Read More
By LINDA KOLMODIN Contributing Writer October 14, 2021 It was like a Malleable family reunion at the recent dedication of foundry-inspired mural painted on the downtown Albion Malleable Brewing Co. Former foundry workers gathered as honored guests at the celebration of the completed -3-D mural painted by local artist Kimber Thompson. Speakers Ben Wade, brewery co-owner and Frank Passic, Albion historian talked about the history of the building and the naming of the business. Passic outlined the building’s long history beginning as a livery and transitioning to a theater, various stores and offices before becoming the brewery three years ago ... Read More
By LINDA KOLMODIN Contributing Writer September 23, 2021 Albion's spectacular Coca-Cola sign and historic plaque were dedicated Saturday at the Festival of the Forks 2021, a full two years after the fundraising kicked off in 2019 Community supporters gathered to view the newly completed mural. The plaque about the history of the circa 1912 restored advertising “spectacular,” a type of billboard used by the Coca-Cola Company. Co-chairs for the matching Patronicity grant fundraising campaign Janet Domingo and Linda Kolmodin thanked the community for their support. “We are grateful to the community for the support in this restoration of this iconic ... Read More
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