The Dr. John and Thora MacGregor Trust, honoring the memory of the local couple, and Memorial Healthcare are the two newest sponsors of the Friends’ Adopt-A-River initiative. This initiative supports the Friends’ efforts to clean and monitor stretches of the watershed. A sign celebrating these sponsorships will be unveiled on Monday, May 16th at 2 pm, north of Memorial’s outside entrance to the cafeteria. Other Adopt-A-River sponsors include NCG Cinema (near the Cinema) and the Owosso Rotary (at Harmon Patridge Park).
Then, on Saturday, May 21st, the public is welcomed and encouraged to join Memorial Healthcare staff and volunteers, Friends of the River, and interns from the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum for this day of planting and education about native plants and ecological restoration. Not only will this be a family-friendly, fun day, but participants will actually create a woodland garden on the grounds of the hospital!
Dr. John and Thora MacGregor and Memorial Healthcare
Adopt-A-River Sign Unveiling
Monday, May 16th at 2:00 pm
Memorial Healthcare Main Campus - North of Memorial’s Outside Entrance to the Cafeteria
(Look for the Friends’ signs)
"If anyone knew Dr. John MacGregor, they know the passion he had for everything he did," said Steve Gill, representative for the Dr. John and Thora MacGregor Trust. "He cared deeply about the people and the community we live in. He did things because it was the right things to do. We should remember and honor people like Mac. He would be pleased to know he is still able to give back to the Owosso he loved by helping to sponsor this Shiawassee River program.”
“This is an exciting opportunity for Memorial to partner with the Friends of the Shiawassee River with the intent of building a stronger connection with this wonderful piece of natural beauty. We are indeed fortunate to sit right on the bank of the Shiawassee River and I believe this opportunity should be and can be further explored to integrate this natural asset into the healing environment that we are dedicated to furthering,” said Brian Long, President and CEO of Memorial Healthcare.
Businesses can become an Adopt-A-River sponsor for a commitment of $2,000 for two years ($4,000 total). Non-profit organizations or service clubs can become a sponsor for $1,000 for two years ($2,000 total) with a commitment to help maintain their stretch.