NORTON SHORES, MI – He was raised to give back.
Larry Hines grew up on a farm in Iowa, and learned the value of hard work at a young age. His parents instilled him with the belief that if you’re fortunate in life, you should give back to your community, and help those who might need a little “dusting off” to get back on their feet.
Hines, 71, moved to Muskegon in 1982, and founded Hines Corporation in the mid-80s. His company’s success has led to a lot of giving back over the past 35 years.
His commitment to the Muskegon-area community through civic and charitable efforts will be recognized at the state level.
Hines will be honored with the Governor’s Lifetime Humanitarian Award. He is one of 49 winners of the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards who will be honored on Monday, Aug. 21, at the Detroit Opera House.
“I was surprised,” Hines said. “This is the kind of thing that doesn’t happen very often.”
Tanglewood Park, No More Sidelines, the Muskegon Area Promise and be nice. are a few charitable efforts that come to mind when Hines thinks about his work in the community.
Hines led the fundraising effort for Tanglewood Park, a senior services center in Norton Shores, was instrumental in bringing the Farmers Market downtown and provided the lead gift for the $400,000-plus, three-story Hines Building downtown.