BIG BANG-QUET CHALLENGE AWARDS $80,245 FOR LOCAL CHARITIES, CARE FREE MEDICAL AND DENTAL CENTER WINS GRAND PRIZE

21 local charities were awarded a total of $80,245 from the University Club of MSU’s 2015 Big Bang-quet Challenge, co-sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union and the Capital Region Community Foundation. The public “voted” for their favorite charities at universityclubofmsu.org with $5 tax-deductible donations to the Capital Region Community Foundation from Feb 9 through March 24, as the charities competed for three top prizes. At the Final Voting & Reveal Reception on Wednesday, March 25, the Care Free Medical and Dental Center was awarded the grand prize — a $10,000 credit toward a fundraising event at the University Club, plus $10,030 earned from their votes. In second place was Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, which received a $5,000 credit toward a fundraising event held at the University Club and $8,032.50 earned from their votes. The East Lansing Rotary Foundation, in support of the Weekend Survival Kits program received the award for the most individual voters, earning them a $5,000 event credit at the Club and $3,884.50 from their votes. A full list of participants and voting results can be found at universityclubofmsu.org/theclubwithaheart. Every participating charity was a winner, receiving 85 percent of funds raised through voting. Overall, 12,049 votes were cast, raising a total of $60,245 for the 21 participants and the Capital Region Community Foundation, plus $20,000 in prizes.
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