Buy a Brick, Make a Difference

The Coast Guard Foundation fund-raiser will help build a Michigan community center.

February 17, 2014

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw passes through Soo Lock to begin spring ice-breaking duties.

The nonprofit Coast Guard Foundation, which supports the education and welfare of U.S. Coast Guard members and their families, has launched a “buy a brick” fund-raiser to build a community center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

So far, the foundation has raised $265,000 of the $400,000 needed for the project. Engraved bricks are available at several price points: $100 for a 4-by-8-inch brick or $500 for an 8-by-8-inch brick.

“We are very near our fundraising goal and hope to begin the important work of building the community center this spring,” Coast Guard Foundation President Anne Brengle stated in a press release. “With harsh winters that average 13 feet of snow, Coast Guard deployments can be very challenging there, and community and recreation opportunities are tough to come by. We are proud to support these brave individuals and their families.”


Sault Ste. Marie is in the northern part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Eight Coast Guard units are there for search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, marine safety and homeland security on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. About 600 active-duty, reserve and civilian employees are based there.

To buy a brick for the Sault Ste. Marie community center, visit


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