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Several organizations that make the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) Economic Club series possible added a new twist to their sponsorships. The Lansing Economic Club sponsors invested a portion of their annual Economic Club support to several worthwhile non-profit organizations. The generous donations come at a critical time for organizations coping with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has stressed non-profit budgets and their ability to provide essential services in the community.

“The decision by Lansing Economic Club sponsors to provide additional support to organizations that offer services to those in need underscores what a giving community in which we all have the privilege to live and work,” said Tim Daman, president & CEO, LRCC. “Our non-profit community has been under a great deal of additional stress as a result of COVID, so this additional support couldn’t come at a better time.”

Lansing Economic Club sponsors and the non-profit organizations they are supporting through this important initiative include:

  • WIELAND: $1,000 to Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing and $1,000 to the Forgotten Man Ministries;
  • Michigan State University: $2,000 to the Davies Project;
  • Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes: $2,000 to the Greater Lansing Food Bank;
  • McLaren Greater Lansing: $2,000 to the Small Talk Children’s Advocacy Center; and
  • Siena Investments: $2,000 to the Grand Ledge Food Bank.

“WIELAND has a long history of supporting organizations that elevate humanity, especially those groups whose basic physical, mental, and spiritual needs are at risk,” said Craig Wieland, President, WIELAND. “Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing provides life-saving resources to expectant mothers and their unborn children. On the other end of the spectrum, Forgotten Man Ministries gives attention to those in society who are seeking to reform themselves while being incarcerated. WIELAND is proud to provide financial support to both of these great local charities.”

“Supporting worthy non-profits is engrained in the Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes culture,” said Mark Burzych, firm president, Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes. “We have provided financial and in-kind support for numerous organizations throughout the years. We are particularly proud to be able to lend this additional support to the Greater Lansing Food Bank at a time when the need in our community is so great.”

“Michigan State University International Business Center is very pleased to have the opportunity to support a local organization that does so much good for the area’s most vulnerable residents during such a challenging time,” said Jade Sims, assistant director for international trade programs, International Business Center, MSU Broad College of Business. “Access to healthcare services is key to a healthy and prosperous Lansing region, and the Davies Project helps provide it.”

“As a long time Grand Ledge-based business, we are pleased to support the Grand Ledge Food Bank through our Lansing Economic Club partnership,” said Roger Millbrook, investment advisor, Siena Investments. “The Grand Ledge Food Bank and many other community non-profits have been lifelines to residents during these challenging times. We are confident this support will have a meaningful impact on our community.”

The Lansing Economic Club luncheons feature local, national, and world-renowned speakers who cover various business-related topics, such as leadership, innovation, and industry trends. The monthly events serve as an excellent opportunity to network with more than 450 regional community, business, and education leaders. In the aftermath of COVID-19, Economic Club forums continue to offer leading speakers in a virtual setting. A list of upcoming programs can be found on the LRCC website.