DTE Energy Marks 10th Year of National Cherry Festival Support With $150,000 Grant to Traverse City Bayfront Plan

June 30, 2011

DETROIT, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — DTE Energy is celebrating its 10th year as a National Cherry Festival sponsor by providing a $150,000 contribution to the Traverse City Bayfront Plan. The DTE Energy Foundation will provide a three-year grant in support of a project that highlights the community’s most valued resource and honors one of the city’s most respected native sons, former Gov. William G. Milliken.

The grant will underwrite the William G. Milliken Children’s Stream, a natural water feature that will incorporate the artesian well present along the bayfront. The project will include a shallow interactive stream that will traverse through the Commons, the natural play area, and underneath the TART trail. The feature is intended to be fun and visually pleasing, while celebrating Gov. Milliken’s tireless efforts in support of Michigan’s natural resources.

Gov. Milliken and DTE Energy leaders will personally unveil additional details on the water feature at a public presentation at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 8. The event will be held at Clinch Park, at the corner of Grandview Parkway and Cass Street, directly adjacent to the Festival Open Space.

“This summer marks a major milestone for DTE Energy and the DTE Energy Foundation as we celebrate a decade of partnership with the Traverse City community and the National Cherry Festival,” said Fred Shell, vice president of DTE Energy’s Corporate and Government Affairs and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “We wanted to do something that will have meaning for the community while fully capturing our continued commitment to the region. We believe the William G. Milliken Children’s Stream does just that, while also honoring a true leader in environmental stewardship.”

In each of the past 10 years, DTE Energy has partnered with a local non-profit organization to advance environmentally focused projects throughout the community. Past partners have included Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region, Northwestern Michigan College and Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. DTE Energy has worked with these and other local groups to help educate the community about the environment, protect and preserve the area’s ecosystem and build Habitat for Humanity’s first LEED-certified energy efficient home in the area.

“The generous support of the DTE Energy Foundation underscores the important role DTE Energy plays in helping make Traverse City an outstanding place to live, work, learn and play,” said Traverse City Mayor Chris Bzdok. “The creation of the William G. Milliken Children’s Stream is an outstanding gesture that will pull together some of our area’s most unique amenities to create a very special destination within the bayfront effort.

“DTE Energy has been an outstanding resource for our community in many ways, from the many volunteer hours contributed by its employees, to its 10 years of support for the National Cherry Festival,” he continued. “I truly appreciate DTE Energy’s continued support, partnership and engagement.”


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