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Lake Michigan Credit Union and HGTV star dedicate new park playground
Lake Michigan Credit Union and HGTV star dedicate new park playground

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (November 14, 2013) – Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Parks and Recreation Division, Grand Haven State Park, and LMCU spokesperson Carter Oosterhouse, is pleased to announce a dedication ceremony for a newly completed kids’ playground at Grand Haven State Park.

The playground will be dedicated in a ceremony to be held at Grand Haven State Park on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 10:00 am. Present at the ceremony will be a number of local, regional and state officials and business leaders, LMCU senior management, and home renovation TV host, Carter Oosterhouse.

Initiated by Oosterhouse’s charitable foundation, Carter’s Kids, and built by LMCU employees, this new playground serves west Michigan youth as part of Grand Haven State Park. This project was made possible by donations from Lake Michigan Credit Union, Oosterhouse’s Carter’s Kids foundation and funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Parks and Recreation Division.

Oosterhouse founded Carter’s Kids as a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America’s youth. Its aim is to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. Kids have the opportunity to play an active role in building up their community by using, sharing, and caring for these public spaces.

Says Oosterhouse on his website (www.carters-kids.org), “From my experience as a young kid building things, there is no greater sense of satisfaction than seeing something you’ve built being enjoyed by others. I hope to impart that same feeling in our young builders with Carter’s Kids. Our purpose of promoting activity, nutrition and fighting childhood obesity, has led us to build playgrounds in communities all over the United States. We have experienced firsthand the positive effects that such playgrounds have brought to their communities.”

LMCU Chief Executive Officer Sandy Jelinski said, “At LMCU, promoting healthy lifestyles, and giving back to the communities we serve are goals we take very seriously. On behalf of Lake Michigan Credit Union, I extend my sincere thanks to everyone who has lent their hands, shoulders, back muscles and checkbooks to this wonderful effort.”