Central Savings Bank Donates to Lake Superior State University’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan – Officials and guests turn the first layer of dirt on Lake Superior State University’s $13.2-million Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE) on July 20 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Slated for completion by summer 2020, CFRE is actually two undertakings in one. A new 17,500 square-foot building will bear the name of Center benefactors Richard and Theresa Barch, and will anchor community, educational and research activities. LSSU’s existing Aquatic Research Laboratory (ARL) will remain open while being significantly renovated and expanded into a dedicated hatchery.
Central Savings Bank’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a $100,000 donation in support of the project in December of 2017. CSB was one of the initial supporters to back this project and they are extremely excited to see this development taking place in their own community.
“Central Savings Bank is proud to make this donation to the University. LSSU is an integral part of the Eastern Upper Peninsula and our children’s’ future,” said CSB CEO Ron Meister.
(Left): Lake Superior State University Leaders, Benefactor’s, and Advocates break ground for the new Center for Freshwater Research and Education Facility to be located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
(Right): Central Savings Bank presents Lake Superior State University with a check for $100,000 towards the Center for Freshwater Research and Education. Pictured from left to right is CSB Board Chair Paul Brewster, CSB President Mark Savoie, LSSU President Emeritus Peter Mitchell, CSB CEO Ron Meister, CSB Senior Vice President Cathy Mason, and LSSU Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates.