Good News 2016


20th annual Ele’s Race

The 20th annual Ele’s Race took place on Saturday, July 23. Formerly held on a Sunday, the annual race still had a great turnout, with over 1,000 runners registered beforehand. The race began at 8 a.m. when runners lined up to race. The certified 5k course started and finished at Jackson National Life Insurance company headquarters, located at One Corporate Way in Lansing. There were 16 age divisions, both divided between male and female. Awards were given to the top five finishers in each race division and the top five “family finishers.” Grand Prizes were awarded to overall male and female, overall male and female masters (ages 40-49), and overall male and female grand masters (ages 50 and over). For race results and photos from the event, visit

Okemos Music Academy Wins National Music Academy Award

Okemos Music Academy, located at 3444 Hagadorn Rd. Okemos, Mich., formerly known as “String Connection,” has grown into one of the largest private music lesson schools in the state of Michigan with over 300 weekly students.

John Dewey, owner and director of the academy was given the prestigious award of “2016 Music Studio of the Year,” beating out the other seven music studio finalists from the United States and Canada. The award was presented by national business coach, Marty Fort at the Music Academy Success conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In celebration of this honor, Okemos Music Academy will be hosting an awards ceremony on August 15 at 1 p.m. Faculty, students, local officials and members of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance.

Habitat for Humanity Capital Region’s 2nd Annual Home-In-One Golf Outing Coming Soon

Habitat for Humanity Capital Region is hosting their 2nd Annual Home-In-One golf outing on August 15 and registration is now open! Taking place at the picturesque private Country Club of Lansing, the event will begin bright and early with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., where coffee and pastries will be available. An on-course lunch is provided at around 3 p.m. when the event comes to a close, an awards ceremony will take place.

To reserve your team’s spot, visit All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity Capital Region.

Mason Promise Scholarship Extended to 25 More Students

An additional 25 fifth grade students in the Mason School District have been selected to join the ranks of more than 125 Mason Promise Scholars. Established in 2006, the Mason Promise Scholarship program selects a new group of students each year.

Mason is one of more than 80 communities in the nation who are now investing in early college goals through programs like the Mason Promise Scholarship. Students are chosen in fifth grade and upon graduation from Mason High School are eligible to utilize a two-year scholarship to attend Lansing Community College. Selection criteria includes academic capability, motivation, behavior, parental support and economic need. The scholarship’s Pathway Program provides mentoring over the six years between selection and graduation from Mason Public Schools.

The Mason Promise Scholarship is continuing its community fundraising; this year’s goal to raise an additional $50,000. The Mason Promise Scholarship is financed through private donations and grants from individuals and organizations.

“We sincerely thank everyone for all the community support over the past years and encourage additional contributions to ensure that we can continue to support these students and uphold our promise to advance their education,” said Liz Luttrell-Wilson, co-chair of the Mason Promise board.

For more information about the Mason Promise Scholarship program, contact co-chairs of the program, Liz Luttrell-Wilson at (517) 676-0500, ext. 228 or Matt Stuard at (517) 676-6490.


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