Fifth annual Lansing Promise Dinner

A good time for a great cause is on tap April 25

You can help open new avenues to post-secondary education opportunities for Lansing students by attending the fifth annual Promise Dinner on April 25 at the Don Johnson Field House, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave., next to Eastern High School in downtown Lansing.

The annual event is a benefit for and celebration of the Lansing Promise, a scholarship program offering tuition assistance for college or skilled trade education to all eligible high school graduates within the Lansing School District boundaries. The Lansing Promise provides tuition assistance for up to 65 credits at Lansing Community College or the equivalent dollar amount toward tuition and fees at Michigan State University or Olivet College.

“At the Lansing Promise we imagine a community where every young person has the opportunity to dream, the ability to thrive and the investment needed to build a brighter future: for themselves, for their families and for their community,” Justin M. Sheehan, executive director of the Lansing Promise, said in a news release.

This mission-centered evening of the Promise Dinner will be a night of inspiration and vision. Current and future Promise Scholars will be honored; community members who walk with the scholars into their brighter futures will be spotlighted; and future leaders, future parents, colleagues and community members will speak at the event.

 Legislation was passed in 2009 that created 10 Michigan Promise Zone Authorities, which included Lansing. Zones were selected based on a percentage of children under age 18 living at or below the federal poverty level that is greater than state average. Dean Transportation’s Kellie Dean, chair of the Lansing Promise Zone Authority Board, was a speaker at last year’s Promise Dinner.

Tickets for the Promise Dinner are $150 per person and sponsorships opportunities for the event are still available. For more information on tickets and sponsorships, visit

“This is about community. This is about Lansing. This is about seeing real change in our lifetimes and for generations to come,” Sheehan stated in the release. “With your support, we’ll do just that.”





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