HCCF YOUTH Holds Rock-A-Thon

Hillsdale, Michigan – August 10, 2022

On Saturday, August 6th, the Hillsdale County Community Foundation YOUTH (Youth Opportunities Unlimited Throughout Hillsdale) held a Rock-A-Thon as a fundraiser for the organization.  The event was chosen by the YOUTH members as their way of meeting the fund development objective.

The Rock-A-Thon required each YOUTH member to secure pledges for financial donations for their time in a rocking chair. During the event, members of YOUTH rocked from 9 am to noon in front of the HCCF office. In addition to the rocking, every 45 minutes the members got up to dance to keep the excitement going. Throughout the event, YOUTH members were also approached by curious bystanders and were able to share their mission with the public. This year, the YOUTH raised over $2,500. 

This event was designed to raise funds for the Kellogg Youth Advisory Fund at the Community Foundation, an endowment fund from which the YOUTH are able to fund grant requests from area non-profits and educational institutions who are looking to finance projects and ideas to better the youth of Hillsdale County. 

The Hillsdale County Community Foundation YOUTH was established in October of 1991. The YOUTH membership is currently made up of representatives from eight public school districts within Hillsdale County, as well as Hillsdale Academy and Will Carleton Academy. The YOUTH Advisory Council has an ongoing program for studying the assets, needs, and concerns of the young people of Hillsdale County.  YOUTH has a special endowment fund, initially made possible by a challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to make available grant dollars to benefit and involve young people in Hillsdale County. Anyone wishing further information regarding the YOUTH may call the Foundation office at (517) 439-5101 or visit

            2022-2023 YOUTH Members include:  President Clemmie Gadwood (Will Carleton Academy), Vice President Jack Thielen (Will Carleton Academy), Secretary Maria Mandrelle (Jonesville), Treasurer James Van Camp (Will Carleton Academy), Trustee Abigail Nevins (Jonesville), Eliza Alvarez (Litchfield), Sam Brown (Camden-Frontier), Tydann Cooney (Camden-Frontier), Riley Coupland (Hillsdale Academy), Jena Fellabaum (Waldron), Eve Goodlife (Homeschool), Hallie James (Jonesville), Ava Mallar (Pittsford), Riley McCumber (Pittsford), Keturah Neukom (Hillsdale Academy), Kate Nolan (Hillsdale), Keegan Oxley (Hillsdale), Ava Potter (Reading), Luke Potter (Reading), Caroline Roberts (Hillsdale Academy), Damion Scharer (Jonesville), Emily Toner (Jonesville), and Emma Wines (Waldron).

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Mindy Eggleston, Program Director

Hillsdale County Community Foundation

(517) 439-5101,