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Peggy Rowley

January 1, 1992

1992 – Bay City, Michigan

A native of Bay City, Peggy Rowley works in the family business, directs choirs at her church and volunteers a wealth of time and knowledge to a multitude of local organizations. Peg’s volunteer contributions, achievements and involvements are impressive. She helped found Bay Music Foundation, Bay Concert Band, Bay Arts Council, a School Visiting Artists Program, Bay Area Community Foundation and the Bay City Fireworks Festival. Peg is best known for her development projects and concepts. She envisioned and spearheaded drives for the World Friendship Shell, Riverwalk, Riverwalk Pier, Riverwalk Crossing and Railtrail. Jennison Nature Center, Tobico Marsh and Bay City State Park also have benefited from her care. Local, state and national awards have been plentiful. She has been honored by her city, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Salvation Army, NAACP, DAR, church, Arts Foundation of Michigan, Greater Michigan Foundation, Michigan Senate and House, as well as others. Both she and her husband Paul received a Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame Award, the first couple (and woman) to receive this award. Peg has retired from directing choirs due to the purchase of a condo in Naples, Florida. She still plays her violin in Michigan and Florida. Peg’s latest project has been developing condos in the former Jennison Hardware building on the river in downtown Bay City, Michigan. A spacious arts center occupies the main floor and mezzanine of “Jennison Place” and has galleries and teaching studios. Peg served as volunteer fund development chair for the new Arts Center. The Rowley’s four children and spouses all live in Bay County and continue the family tradition of serving others.