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2016 Purple Poppy Award Recipient Announced

Bill Millard - Purple Poppy Award 2016

Announcing Bill Millard to receive the 2016 Purple Poppy Award from Heritage Community of Kalamazoo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kalamazoo, Mich. January 19, 2016 – Bill Millard will receive the 2016 Purple Poppy Award from Heritage Community of Kalamazoo. Mr. Millard was chosen for his dedicated support of the organization’s mission and vision as well as in recognition for his service, impact and advocacy on behalf of older adults at Heritage Community and in Southwest Michigan.

This award presentation will be made at the Heritage Community Foundation Gala on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

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"It is a privilege to recognize Bill as this year’s Purple Poppy Award recipient,” according to Jay Prince, President & CEO of Heritage Community of Kalamazoo. “We honor his service and commitment to the older adults in the greater Kalamazoo community. With Bill’s guidance, he has ensured that Heritage Community of Kalamazoo is a vibrant organization for years to come.”

Mr. Millard has served on the Heritage Community of Kalamazoo Board of Directors since 2002, and served as Board Chair from 2008 until 2013. His vision and leadership has provided strategic guidance in the recruitment of leadership staff and board members, revenue strategies, and long term organizational plans.

Professionally, Mr. Millard is a lawyer with Dement & Marquardt, PLC, in Kalamazoo. He also serves on the Air Zoo Legacy Foundation Board of Directors and volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 334 and Venture Crew 2334, in addition to several other community service activities.
The Purple Poppy Award’s name stems from the beginnings of Heritage Community of Kalamazoo when the first committee began fundraising and called it a “Flower Fund.” Their concept was a new idea in 1945 when community members were encouraged to make memorial donations to the fund in lieu of sending flowers to funerals.

The poppy flower itself is a springtime flower and symbolizes remembrance and honoring service. Purple blooms signify accomplishment and admiration, and it is also associated with Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss causes, which are conditions of older adults that Heritage Community of Kalamazoo serves.

For more information about the Heritage Community Foundation Gala, contact Kelley Fast and Kim Loftus at (269) 382-1255, or visit

About Heritage Community of Kalamazoo Foundation

The Heritage Community Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to support the charitable needs of Heritage Community of Kalamazoo and the residents who live here. Founded in 1945, the Foundation has been raising funds to help support residents through various means including the Heritage Legacy Fund, which assures residents that if, through unexpected circumstances, they can no longer cover their own living costs, their home will always be secure at Heritage

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