Dear NMC Community,

I am thrilled to announce that Richard and Diana Milock have just made a gift of $3 million to NMC. This gift will support the college’s Audio Technology Program, Great Lakes Culinary Institute, and Dennos Museum Center through a combination of current and planned gifts.

This gift is the culmination of many years of the NMC Foundation and many of you across our campuses working with the Milocks to understand how their philanthropic goals best align with college priorities. Thank you for all that you have done to build trust and confidence in NMC to make this gift possible.

This is the largest single gift from a living donor in the college’s history. Richard and Diana Milock have now given more than $5.3 million to the NMC Foundation as part of the current Be What’s Possible campaign, making them the lead donors in this effort.

With this gift, Richard and Diana join you in supporting student success as well as the sustainability of the Dennos Museum Center, a treasured cultural asset. This gift makes much possible for the entire community as it:

  • Commits a planned gift to create an endowed fund to support the greatest needs of the Dennos Museum Center with $1.5 million;
  • Commits a planned gift to create an endowed fund to support students at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute through scholarships and the greatest needs of the program with $1 million;
  • Supports the current needs of the Audio Technology Program and the Dennos Museum Center, including key equipment updates to the Milliken Auditorium and support for the Audio Tech program to encourage student success with $500,000.

Your dedication to student success and the arts have inspired the Milocks to support the Dennos Museum Center and NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute for nearly two decades. 

The relationships that you build every day at NMC not only help our students succeed, but also inspire others to trust NMC to make a difference with their philanthropic gifts. 

Thank you,

Nick Nissley, Ed.D. | President | Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College

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