What is PABI?

PABI is short for The Preservation Association of Beaver Island, a non-profit Michigan corporation that is the owner and operator of the Beaver Island Community Center and WVBI, the island’s community radio station. PABI’s mission is to promote an enduring sense of community, cooperation and pride among the Island’s diverse friends, families and visitors.  We envision a welcoming Island where a strong sense of community thrives. Where diverse residents and visitors protect am inclusive culture an unique environment.

If you are coming to the PABI site simply looking for an easy way to send an annual, end-of-year or other donation, the button below will let you do that on line.  You may also send a check to us at Preservation Association of Beaver Island, P.O. Box 494, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

If you are interested in more information on PABI and the Island’s Community Center and radio station—please continue reading.

Knowing that cooperation and collaboration require shared communication and experience—PABI opened the Beaver Island Community Center in 2008, adding a local community radio station in 2014. Together, they make information and a variety of healthy and fun activities conveniently available for Island residents and visitors including concerts, theater rental space, physical activities, games, work spaces, internet/printing, and much more!

Importantly, NO taxes are levied to support the Island’s Community Center or Radio Station, and since it’s beginning, PABI has relied on the generous time and talent of local volunteers, and financial revenues from three major sources:

  1. Annual-giving and memorial donations;
  2. PABI fund-raising events; and,
  3. Community Center activities, concessions, and rentals.

We watch our pennies, and have an independent audit annually—but increasing costs and growing community services have increased our need for added financial support. Relying fully on voluntary donations and visitor purchases, you can help us continue those important services to the Island Community by making a contribution to PABI. Because PABI is qualified as a 501(c)(3) organization, your contributions may be deductible as a charitable contribution. As a small non-profit organization on a remote Lake Michigan Island—we need and treasure every PABI Member.  

In addition to contributions from financial donors, PABI is dependent on volunteers.  PABI is managed by an all volunteer Board of Directors.  Volunteers help staff the BIC Center, run our shows, show our movies and move music on our radio station.  We’d love to have you join our volunteer team.

What We Do

PABI is busy year-round with the operation of the Community Center, WVBI and community activities.

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Our Board and Staff

Our board includes a cross-section of the island community with diverse backgrounds and skills.  Together their volunteer efforts help manage the BIC Center for all of us.

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PABI & You

PABI exists to serve, sustain and develop our community, which includes you.

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Lifetime Members

These members helped keep the dream of a new community center for the island alive.

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Noteworthy Contributors

Every PABI contributor is noteworthy, but over the years, many have made special contributions to PABI.  We recognize them here.

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Founding Families

Without these generous donations, the Center would not be here for residents and visitors to enjoy.

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