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In Memory of Jim Woodruff

It’s the end of an era. James Woodruff, founder of the Hugh Heward Challenge, passed away the morning of August 13, 2017. The last thing he saw was his yard – Woodruff’s Landing – and the Grand River.

So long, Jim. See you on the river.


In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds. MGROW’s mission is to protect and preserve the history and natural resources of the Middle Grand River, and to organize the Grand River Expedition and the Hugh Heward Challenge – two projects that were very important to Jim, and to his longtime friend Verlen Kruger.

Donations can be made by check payable to MGROW and mailed to:


PO Box 12211
Lansing MI 48901



MGROW is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Your donation will be acknowledged with a letter for tax exemption purposes.

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