Ed Huss / Photo by Robert Neumann
Ed Huss grew up on East Dutton Street in downtown Kalamazoo. With his boyhood newspaper route consisting solely of downtown businesses, he developed an early awareness of Kalamazoo County’s core.
“I’ve been in every building,” he says. “I grew up with a strong focus for the downtown and have never lost it.
“Kalamazoo County is a special place with many gems,” says the 65-year-old, who is quick to point out he was born the same year the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair, one of the country’s first outdoor art shows, began.
While Ed was always aware of the Community Foundation, he’d never considered the role he could play in our work until recently.
“Festivals are important; the Farmer’s Market is important; opportunities like the Can-Do Kitchen are important. They all provide avenues for creativity to occur. Anyone — not just the very wealthy — can support these gems so we don’t lose them,” Ed says. Which is why he decided to establish a fund with us.
“Our gems need constant looking after,” he says. “I like knowing that my one legacy, which represents a lifetime of work, will do that forever.”
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