The Kantzler Foundation made a grant of $500,000 for the construction of a new YMCA in downtown Bay City. The YMCA was established in Bay city in 1885 providing opportunities health and fitness programs to youth and adults, child care and youth leadership.

The age and design of the former facility was not meeting the interest and needs of the youth, adults and families of the 21st century. The Y Board determined that replacing the facility with a new state-of-the-art facility was the best investment and in the organization’s, as well as community’s best interest. The new facility in a new location has allowed the Y to develop new programs and services necessary to carry out its mission in the Bay Area.

Community Impact

testimonial author Cathy Washabaugh - Riverwalk/Railtrail

"Over the past 20 years of my community involvement, The Kantzler Foundation has stepped up to the plate numerous times with financial support to enhance our community and make it a wonderful place to live, play and work.  I have volunteered on committees that have received grants from The Kantzler Foundation ranging from Imagination Station & Come Play by the Bay Playscapes, to the Railtrail/Riverwalk and Spray Park at the Bay City State Recreation Area. If you have an idea & a plan to create your vision, and a plan to maintain your vision, The Kantzler Foundation will listen!"

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The Kantzler Foundation provides financial support for charitable projects and programs that directly benefit the residents of Bay County in areas such as: education, science, arts, culture, human services, conservation, beautification and recreation.

Office Location

Pere Marquette Depot

1000 Adams St., Suite 200
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 893-4438
Email: kathy@kantzler.org