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Care Free Medical Wins Big Bang-quet Challenge

Friday, March 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
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March 27, 2015 Karen Grannemann, CCM

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Big Bang-quet Challenge Awards $80,245 for Local Charities

Care Free Medical and Dental Center Wins Grand Prize

LANSING, MI – Twenty-one 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 with $5 tax-deductible donations to the Capital Region Community Foundation from February 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!

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 $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

“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 85% 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.

The University Club of Michigan State University has an 86-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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