A day after the ribbon cutting to celebrate the start of the 11th annual Great Lakes Grand Prix, the Michigan City Zoo received an unexpected gift. On Friday evening at a welcoming party for the race teams held at Blue Chip Casino, Billy Mauff, owner of WHM Racing presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to the Michigan City Zoo. Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer, LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Jack Arnett, and other city officials were on hand to accept the donation from the East Setauket, New York based race team.
Mayor Ron Meer said, “I would like to personally thank Billy Mauff and the WHM Race team, this is obviously a very gracious and generous donation being made to the Michigan City Zoo and it is a perfect example of an organization giving back when they are in no way obligated to do so. If you come down to our boat parade on Saturday evening or our lakefront on Sunday, you will see first-hand how much our community welcomes, supports and truly appreciates the boat teams coming to Michigan City. This donation speaks volumes about Billy Mauff and the entire WHM Race team and I think it expresses how they view our community as more than just a stop on a race schedule.”
Jack Arnett, Executive Director of the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “We couldn’t be more excited for the Zoo and for our community. This is just one more example of what the Great Lakes Grand Prix and related activities have done for Michigan City. The Mayor and all of the City employees are responsible for making this a special place to visit. Billy chose Michigan City over many other cities and there is something to be said about that!”