Suquamish Foundation gives $2,500 to FW Community Hall

The Suquamish Foundation has donated $2,500 to the Fort Ward Community Hall campaign on Bainbridge Island.

The donation is made under the foundation’s Appendix X grant program, which supports charitable, nonprofit and community programs and campaigns throughout the area. Priority is given to projects in the fields of youth services, education, health and wellness, and environmental preservation and restoration.  suquamish-logo

“The Fort Ward Community Hall project is all about bringing people together,” said Douglas Crist, Friends of Fort Ward board president, “so we’re very pleased to have the Suquamish community join in our efforts to create this new park and recreation facility in a heritage building. Their generous support will help us create a great resource for our island and our neighbors and visitors. ”

The award was announced by Leonard Forsman, tribal chairman and Suquamish Foundation president, and Robin Sigo, tribal treasurer and foundation director.

“The Suquamish Foundation is honored to partner with your organization as you strive to provide support to the local community,” Forsman said, in conveying the grant. “We wish you continued success in your efforts.”

The Suquamish Tribe is a strong, self-governing, sovereign nation that provides for the health, education and welfare of its families, reflecting traditional Suquamish values. The Suquamish Foundation is a tribe-chartered, nonprofit organization created to benefit tribal members and the surrounding community.

More information on the Suquamish Foundation and its Appendix X grant program can be found at www.suquamishfoundation.org.

The Suquamish Foundation award brings the Fort Ward Community Hall campaign closer to meeting a $60,000 challenge grant offered by Bainbridge Island Rotary.

Earlier this week, the campaign welcomed a $4,000 check from the Kitsap Community Foundation for contributions made during the Kitsap Great Give event in May.

Fundraising is ongoing to restore Fort Ward’s historic bakery building for use as a community hall. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to Friends of Fort Ward, the all-volunteer, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is coordinating the campaign.

The bakery building was constructed in 1910 to serve the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps garrison at Fort Ward, part of Puget Sound’s larger network of seacoast defenses. The building was converted to a power station when the fort became a Navy radio station during World War II.

The restored building will be managed by the Bainbridge Island Park District for classes, meetings and other community programming. The building will also host a small office for Kitsap County (Fort Ward) Sewer District No. 7, which serves surrounding neighborhoods and owns the building.

For more information or to contribute to the Fort Ward Community Hall campaign, see www.fortwardhall.org or email fortwardhall@gmail.com .