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Big Bang-quet Challenge awards $75,515 for local charities

Monday, March 28, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
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Twenty-one local charities were awarded a total of $75,515 from the University Club ofMSU’s 2016 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 with $5 tax-deductible donations to the Capital Region Community Foundation from February 22 through March 22, as the charities competed for three top prizes.

At the Final Voting & Reveal Reception on Wednesday, March 23, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra was awarded the grand prize – a $10,000 credit toward a fundraising event at the University Club, plus $9,589 earned from their votes!

Coming in second place was Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, which received a $5,000 credit towards a fundraising event held at the University Club and $6,394 earned from their votes. The Forster Woods Adult Day Center received the award for the most individual voters, earning them a $5,000 event credit at the Club and $5,184 from their votes. A full list of participants and voting results can be found at

“The response has been wonderful,” says University Club President Patrick McPharlin.
“It’s so rewarding to see not only our U-Club members, but also the community supporting the Big Bang-quet Challenge. And it’s no wonder. All of the participants are truly deserving charities that serve thousands of people locally. We are very proud of the impact the Big Bang-quet has made in our community.”

Every participating charity was a winner, receiving 90% of funds raised through voting. Overall, 11,103 votes were cast, raising a total of $75,515 for the 22 participants and the Capital Region Community Foundation, plus $20,000 in prizes.


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