Pennock Foundation Events
The Pennock Foundation hosts or participates with a multitude of events in and around Barry County throughout the year. We encourage and invite you to attend any of our upincoming events!
Annual Bike Safety Event with Free Bike Helmets (5/18-6/15/2013)
Join the Pennock Foundation and the Rotary Clubs of Barry County as we promote bike safety this summer with special activites and free bike helmets! Each location will have a variety of activities to include free helmets, refreshments, bike safety checks, bike raffles, safety course, finger print kits, and much more!
6/1/2013: 9am - 11am, Hastings, Central Elementary
6/1/2013: 10am-Noon, Nashville, Kellogg School
6/8/2013: 9am-Noon, Delton, Barry Township Hall
6/15/2013: 9am-11am, Middleville, Village Green
*Helmets will not be issued unless fitted to the child or adult during the event. All events will take place rain or shine. In the event of rain, alternate locations will be posted. Questions, call (269) 945-4915.
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The Julep, A Pennock Foundation Spring Gala, May 4th, 2013
Guests enjoyed a relaxing, fun-filled Kentucky Derby style evening at the Gilmore Car Museum's Heritage Center.
The night included the fine music of Joe Lajoye and the Thornapple Jazz Band, while guests could step back in time on their stroll through the Vintage, Classic Automobile Collection of the Heritage Center. Guests honored and contributed to the continued success of the Pennock Foundation.
Baum Center Dedication and Celebration, October 18, 2012
Baums honored at health center dedication / Monday evening, Pennock Health Services held a special dedication ceremony to celebrate the official opening of its new 5,500-square-foot dialysis center located in the Baum Center for Health on West State Street in Hastings.
The dialysis center was made possible through the generosity of Larry and Earlene Baum of Hastings. During a special event Monday, Larry told those in attendance that his son David had returned from a meeting of the Pennock Foundation Board where they discussed plans to launch a capital campaign to raise funds for a new dialysis center.
According to Pennock Health Services Chief Executive Officer Sheryl Lewis Blake, the board of trustees, leadership and staff had spent more than two years investigating the need for dialysis and working through a strategic plan to bring dialysis services here.
“Although we knew there was a need, we did not know to what degree and were surprised to find the large number of patients within a 15-mile radius of the hospital,” said Lewis Blake.
Realizing the need for dialysis services in our community, it didn’t take long for Larry and Earlene to decide they wanted to be a part of such a special project and offer Pennock the funds needed. Their gift helped avoid the need for a local fundraising campaign.
“It was able to happen sooner rather than later, and it became another step in keeping Hastings the great community that it is,” said Earlene.
For years, the hospital talked about the possibility of offering dialysis services in Hastings. More recently, it has come up in community discussions, in surveys and in strategic planning at the hospital, but, in order to make it a reality, the board needed a solid plan and the support of a partnering company to make it possible.
When Pennock purchased the building, now called the Baum Center for Health, it was anticipating future growth of the organization. In recent years, the hospital has moved the Pennock Home Care, hospice and its financial services department to the facility, which is located behind the hospital, but facing State Street, and still has plenty of room for expansion. Plus, when it purchased the building, the hospital got the additional parking necessary to help lighten the load at the hospital. So, with the building in place and the study complete, Pennock officials were ready to proceed with their plans.
To make the project successful, Pennock forged a relationship with Nephrology Center from Kalamazoo to provide the medical coverage and Fresenius Medical Care to build and operate the facility.
According to Susan Price, director of operations for Fresenius Medical Care, more than 20 million people are in need of dialysis services — 1 in every 10 adults.
Fresenius is the largest provider of dialysis services in the world, with over 35,000 employees dedicated to taking care of people. With its experience, Pennock could proceed with the confidence that the center would be successful.
That’s what it’s all about for the Baums, who are dedicated to making a difference in their community. Through their philanthropy, our community and its citizens receive many benefits.
“We must not merely will our neighbors good but actually work to bring it about,” said Thomas Aquinas.
The Baums are doing just that — affecting our community with their special giving.
A little over 10 years ago, with the help of Earlene’s parents, Earl and Virginia McMullin, the families gave the YMCA Camp Algonquin new life. Their gift helped to build a new lodge with a large hall, kitchen, offices and restrooms and all new cabins for campers to enjoy. The families then established an endowment fund to ensure the YMCA the funds would be there to operate the camp for generations to come.
Due to the Baums’ support, the Hastings schools have a new stadium with a state-of-the-art football field.
The Baums have supported the Hastings library, the Garage Works program at Gilmore Car Museum and, currently, Larry serves on the Gilmore board, giving his time and talent to help grow the facility.
Due to Larry’s strong business background, he spearheaded a program for the Hastings airport to grow and become self-sufficient within five years.
Through their giving, the Baums have shown their dedication to our community and their willingness to make it a better place for all of us. The gifts listed above are only those that are publicly known, their heartfelt and anonymous giving extends even farther.
Recently the couple was instrumental in helping the First Presbyterian Church realize its goal of building a beautiful new church just west of Hastings. With the relocation of the church from its longtime home in downtown Hastings, the vacant building opened the possibility for the Barry Community Foundation to bring together a number of non-profits under one roof as an enrichment center to better serve our community.
When Earlene heard of the financial difficulties the Riverside Cemetery Corporation was experiencing, she got involved to help find a way to save the cemetery, give it new life and fund the maintenance forever.
These are just a few examples of how the Baums have been able to impact our community with their dedication to local giving. Proverbs 11:25, says, “Be generous and you will be prosperous, help others and you will be helped.”
Monday, Pennock invited a number of people throughout our community to celebrate the opening of the new dialysis center and to acknowledge the Baums for their sincere acts of kindness and generosity.
“To have made even one person’s life a little better, that is to succeed,” said Thoreau.
Due to their giving, the Baums have helped impact our lives and made our little part of the world a better place to live.