Sunday, January 23, 2005

editorials - Battle Creek Enquirer -

Editorials - Battle Creek Enquirer - "Foundation celebration has purpose
Seventy-five years of helping people around the world to improve their lives certainly is worth celebrating. And what a celebration the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has planned: Illustrious speakers; a new college scholarship initiative; creation of fully accessible playgrounds, and a program to help young people understand the importance of volunteerism are some of the special aspects of the year-long observance.
As exciting as it all sounds, the anniversary celebration is more than just a big party. Much of it is designed to help Battle Creek become a better community. Such renowned speakers as Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman and others will share their messages in hopes of inspiring area residents to take active roles in their neighborhoods and communities. The foundation's establishment of a $4 million endowment at the Battle Creek Community Foundation to provide two-year scholarships to Kellogg Community College for up to 500 students annually will enhance educational opportunities for generations to come.
Most Battle Creek area residents recognize how much we have benefitted from the philanthropy of W.K. Kellogg and the foundation he created three-quarters of a century ago. While the Kellogg Foundation's reach is global, awarding $245 million in grants throughout the world in 2004, the Battle Creek area itself has been a huge beneficiary in terms of improved education, health care, opportunities for young people and more.
Many buildings and facilities throughout the area bear the Kellogg name, attesting to the cereal maker's generosity, but the Kellogg Foundation"

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