Local Charities Compete to Win the University Club’s Big Bang-quet Challenge

Nineteen local charities are competing in the University Club of MSU’s Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge, sponsored by the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and the Capital Region Community Foundation.

All charities are posted on the University Club’s website at www.universityclubofmsu.org/theclubwithaheart, and the public is invited to visit the site and “vote” for their favorites. A “vote” is a $5 tax-deductible donation to the Capital Region Community Foundation. Online voting began on Monday, February 13 and will close on Tuesday, March 21. On Wednesday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to a reception at the University Club, to place final votes and witness the final outcome.

Every organization will receive a check for 90 percent of the funds raised through voting. In addition, the organization that raises the most votes will receive a $10,000 credit toward a fundraising event at the University Club. In addition, the organization with the most individual donors will win a $5,000 credit toward a fundraising event at the University Club! So…everyone is a winner, and one organization is a BIG winner! Competing organizations include:

  • Advent House Ministries, Inc.
  • Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Capital Area Literacy Coalition
  • Child & Family Charities
  • Capital Ballet Theater
  • East Lansing Rotary Foundation, in support
  •  the “Weekend Survival Kits” program
  • Forster Woods Adult Day Center
  • Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank
  • Harris Nature Center Foundation
  • Hospice of Lansing
  • Lansing RIF (Reading is Fundamental)
  • Loaves and Fishes Ministries
  • MI Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame
  • MSU Community Music School
  • Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
  • REACH Studio Art Center
  • SIREN/Eaton Shelter, Inc.
  • The Firecracker Foundation

The University Club of Michigan State University has an 88-year tradition as a year-round center for business, dining, fitness, recreation, and golf at Forest Akers Golf courses. The Club offers a service-rich tradition of fabulous dining and entertainment, flawlessly executed meetings and events, leisurely tennis, swimming and golf, and a world-class fitness center and spa. Memberships in this award-winning private facility are available to anyone in the community.

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