The Masonic Temple in downtown Bay City was purchased by the Bay Arts Council with the assistance of a $100,000 matching grant from the Kantzler Foundation.

The purchase of the building by the Bay Arts Council was considered as saving it from the wrecking ball. The Arts Council also received funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The building is currently used for Hell’s Half Mile File Festival presentations and other events that the Bay Arts Council runs annually.

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