Foundation, trusts give $20,000 to Young Life

Helps cover shortfall from in-person banquet canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

GENESEE COUNTY — The Nartel Family Foundation, The AG Bishop Charitable Trust, and The Stella and Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust have together provided $20,000 to Young Life Genesee County to help cover a nearly $50,000 shortfall from its annual banquet due to COVID-19 restrictions.

An additional $37,716 came in via a five-day 5for50k campaign for $50,000.

Young Life’s largest fundraiser is traditionally held in-person in May of every year, covering much of the budgetary needs for the host year and part of the following year. The pandemic forced Young Life to abandon the in-person fundraising dinner for an online version that fell far short of the 300-400 normally in attendance.

“We are so grateful for their support,” said Sue Frownfelter, area director of Young Life Genesee County. “Without their generosity, we would be forced to make deep cuts in the programming of Young Life Genesee County. With more than 25,000 youth in our area, we did not want to curtail our efforts to provide healthy friendship and adult support at a time when many need it most. They truly have been an answer to prayer.”

Young Life Genesee County currently serves nearly 7,800 youth in Fenton, Lake Fenton, Grand Blanc, Linden and Flint.

“The Nartel Family Foundation is proud to support Young Life with their continued outreach to the youth of Genesee County,” said Timm Allen, communications officer and trustee of The Nartel Family Foundation.

Young Life is an international faith-based non-profit organization that has been active in Genesee County since 1965. Late businessman Woody Skaff invited numerous other business associates to help spearhead the outreach to unchurched youth. Since then, thousands of area youth have been positively impacted by the high-energy programming and one-on-one relational mentoring that occurs with Young Life staff and volunteers.

Young Life activities for high school aged youth and WyldLife activities for middle school aged youth currently are available in Fenton, Grand Blanc, Linden, and Lake Fenton.

Four full-time and two part-time staff head teams of trained volunteers.

If interested in learning more about Young Life of Genesee County or helping with the outreach efforts, contact Sue Frownfelter at or 810-391-2189.