“When we got involved in TMG,” Tropman says, “the default setting was to send people to nursing homes or institutionalize them if they couldn’t function like the rest of us. The social commitment of our company was to help people maximize their potential as individuals, to explore their dreams and make real the possibilities that they imagined for their lives which starts with being in their own, real community, surrounded by their real friends and family, and with the ability to access real places that they want as a part of their lives.”
With that as a background, they say, supporting the efforts of the Access for All initiative of Friends of the Apostle Islands, seemed a natural step.
The crevasse at the mainland caves
Mainland sea caves
In 2017, the pair made a donation of $25,000 to kick off what was then known as the “Wilderness Accessibility Fund” of Friends of the Apostle Islands. That gift became the seed money for such projects as the construction of the all-accessible observation platform on the dock of Little Sand Bay, helped to leverage money in grants and other funds to secure the engineering studies for the accessible amphitheater recently opened on Stockton Island, and grew into the Access for All campaign.
Stockton Island amphitheater rendering
Little Sand Bay viewing platform
“We feel good about supporting Friends and the Apostle Islands because you can make an investment and see it have a big multiplier effect due to the passion of this organization and its strong partner, the park.”
Will you join them in supporting the efforts to make our park open and welcoming to all?
For information on how you can help, contact Friends of the Apostle Islands, P.O. Box 1574, Bayfield, WI 54814, 715-449-6900, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at Friendsoftheapostleislands.org today.