The Michigan Historical Commission’s work to preserve and promote the heritage of Detroit’s Capitol Park
Since 2007, the Commission has aided the City of Detroit in highlighting the rich and unique heritage of this site. It is the home of Michigan’s territorial capitol and its first State capitol. It is an Underground Railroad site. It is where the first public high school and first public library in the city were launched. It is where Michigan’s first “boy” governor, Stevens T. Mason, is buried. The park is part of the original Woodward plan after Detroit burned down in 1805 and is the most historic site in the city.
The Woodward Avenue Action Association’s Sunflower Gardens on Woodward campaign
The association raises funds to plant more than 1,000 sunflowers at several spots between 6 Mile and 8 Mile. Almost 24 elm trees also will be planted on the southwest corner of 7 Mile and Woodward. The result: beautiful sunflowers along America’s first highway.
Cory Klein and his family have lived in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima (also known as Korat) since 2007. They have focused on planting churches and seeing Thai leadership take over these churches. During his life, Michael supported the mission work for the Lord in Thailand on a regular, monthly basis.
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Life Outreach International’s 24/7 Child Rescue Center in Southeast Asia
Late in 2015, the Michael Cameron Dempsey Fund made a donation to support Life Outreach International’s 24/7 Child Rescue Center in Southeast Asia. Its website can be found at http://lifetoday.org/about-life. The CRC will be one of two safe havens in Southeast Asia for victims from the sex trade to recover. Michael traveled with a very close friend to Southeast Asia. At a birthday party for a family member held in Michigan during the summer of 2013, he shared his experiences about modern Vietnam during that trip with a family member who is a Vietnam veteran; another family member listened in as they were talking. Michael’s “descriptions were interesting and insightful and he seemed wise beyond his years,” she said. Michael had a generous heart as big as all Asia, and his family believes his heart would have gone out to these young women and girls.
North Star Reach
The Michael Cameron Dempsey Fund made a significant donation in late 2015 to North Star Reach, a barrier-free camp – free of physical barriers, free of medical barriers and free of financial barriers – that provides life-changing experiences for children with serious health challenges and their families. Michael had discussions with NSR’s CEO about ideas while home in the summer of 2013. He was moved by the prospect of the work of this camp located in Southeastern Michigan on a 105-acre peninsula, surrounded by beautiful lakes, tall trees, rolling hills, and a clear view of the sky above. The Fund has sponsored installation of a flagpole outside the Dining Hall entrance, which will fly the American flag. Michael wore a USAID patch and served under our flag during his nearly two years of service to the American people in Afghanistan (2011-2013). The Dining Hall is where campers and staff will congregate at least twice a day, so it is central to the camp experience, and the flagpole will remind those who see the memorial plaque that the person it honors was engaged in devoted service to his country.