SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers Receives Donation From Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos

Grand Traverse Cash in on Kindness
L-R: Serina Amdur, SEEDS Office Administration Assistant; Elizabeth Dunham, SEEDS Outreach Coordinator; Sarna Salzman, SEEDS Executive Director; Tracy Kurtz, GTR&C Public Relations; and Jesse Ward, Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge General Manager.

PESHAWBESTOWN, MI – Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos recently presented $3,787 to SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers to help implement local solutions to today’s global challenges at the intersection of ecology, education and community design. The money was raised through the monthly “Cash In On Kindness” February guest collection initiative at both Turtle Creek and Leelanau Sands casinos, with guests donating their change for a change.

The non-profit organization was selected in honor of February being “Plant the Seeds of Greatness” month, a campaign designed to encourage everyone to take steps to “remove barriers and make a change in your life for the better” and to encourage time to reflect on how to make a difference for yourself, your family, business and community.

Executive Director Sarna Salzman accepted the check on behalf of SEEDS, noting the donation will help them to foster healthy, vibrant communities filled with clean food, great kids, and helpful neighbors. Through its staff, volunteers, and community partners, SEEDS makes a positive direct impact on hundreds of people each day. SEEDS work focuses on place-based activities that regenerate habitat, prevent carbon emissions, develop talent pipelines for green industries, and invest in the next generations.

The Cash In On Kindness program, which began in February of 2020 as a result of the nationwide coin shortage, has donated over $79,000 to area non-profit organizations through guests donating their change to collectively make a difference in the community for the children, elders, veterans, animals, environment, water quality, health, and neighbors in need. Collections have been distributed to the American Heart Association, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, Veterans in Crisis, Father Fred Foundation, Grand Traverse Band Food Pantry, Michael’s Place, Child & Family Services, For Love of Water, Cherryland Humane Society, Love Thy Neighbor, Reigning Liberty Ranch, Recovery Road Riders Scholarship Fund, TC Track Club’s Women’s Cancer Fund, 22 2 None, Project Feed the Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the American Red Cross of Northern Michigan.