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Dedication of the completion of the Bill Campbell Pavilion!
Sunday July 2, 2023 from 4-6pm
CONTACT: Mary Beth Burke
SJJF Bill Campbell Pavilion Press Release:
[ST JOSEPH, MI, June 27] - The St. Joseph Jr. Foundation Sailing School located at 7 Lighthouse Lane, St. Joseph, MI will be holding an open house on Sunday July 2, 2023 from 4-6pm dedicating the completion of its Bill Campbell Pavilion.
The pavilion was originally envisioned by the foundation in 1997 when it moved to its current location within the West Basin Marina. The proposed design consisted of a river platform constructed with roof overhead. Budget constraints at the time limited the construction to an open platform. Major donations made by Bill’s daughter, Ann Campbell in 2021-22, followed by many other contributors, made the completion of this structure with a roof overhead a reality.
The pavilion will serve as an additional classroom and observation deck for students and parents and will provide shelter from the elements.
This open house is timely as this year is also the Foundation’s 70th year in operation since it was incorporated as a 501 (c3) non-profit in 1953. Since then, over 8,500 youth and adults have been instructed in sailing and water safety, and have gained an appreciation and respect for the community’s precious natural resource, the waters of Lake Michigan.
Bill Campbell was the Foundation’s first Director, an avid world sailor, past foundation
president, and board member.
Short presentations and light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the
Mission Statement: The mission of the St Joseph Junior Foundation is to provide
sailing and water safety instruction to youth and adults at an affordable price, and
to provide a safe, fun environment in which they can learn and appreciate our
natural resources, the waters of St. Joseph, Michigan.