|In June of 2000, the Mackinac Island Community Foundation held its first ever Outstanding Service Award Gala. Nearly 150 Mackinac Island residents and visitors joined one another in the Terrace Room at Grand Hotel for an elegant dinner in honor of Father Jim Williams. The event raised money for the community foundation and recognized the service of Ste. Anne pastor.
MICF presented Fr. Jim Williams with its first Community Service Award in recognition of his many activities to benefit all segments of our community. Michigan Governor John Engler, Mrs. Michelle Engler and then Attorney General Jennifer Granholm co-chaired the event, donated entirely by Grand Hotel including a reception, five course dinner and an overnight stay and breakfast the next morning.
This Fund was established by the Board of Trustees of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation in honor of Father Jim Williams in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the residents and visitors of Mackinac Island, on the event of the thirtieth anniversary of his ordination and his receipt of the Foundation's first ever Outstanding Service Award.
The Father Jim Williams Fund for Mackinac Island was created with $33,500. It is an unrestricted fund to support the general grantmaking activities of the foundation. As needs change on Mackinac, grants from this fund will change, but they will continue to be made in Father Jim's name.