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Habitat For Humanity Lansing Announces Merger

Habitat for Humanity Lansing is pleased to announce that it has merged with Habitat for Humanity Greater Ingham. The nonprofit will now be able to serve all of Ingham County under the new name Habitat for Humanity Capital Region. Habitat for Humanity Lansing’s Executive Director, Vicki Hamilton-Allen will continue to lead the organization.Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 3.59.31 PM

“This merger was the right decision for both organizations. With our expanded service area, we will now be able to more effectively deliver services to more people across Ingham County,” said Hamilton-Allen.

Habitat for Humanity Capital Region’s administrative offices will be located at 1941 Benjamin Drive in Lansing. For added convenience, Habitat for Humanity Capital Region now has two ReStore locations – one located at 1941 Benjamin Drive in Lansing and the other at 954 E. Grand River Ave.
in Williamston.

Habitat for Humanity Capital Region builds and sells homes to people in need of decent and affordable housing in Ingham County, Mich. The nonprofit has served more than 800 families throughout its 28-year history in greater Lansing. For more information, visit


Shawn and Claire Buitendorp of VH1 Fame Speak At The Runway

The Runway kicked off its first Fashion 411 Speaker Series of 2016 with guest speakers, Shawn and Claire Buitendorp, established designers of Shock and Awww.

Michigan native twins, Shawn and Claire, shared insider advice with fashion-forward students, entrepreneurs and startups about their journey from their hometown of Grand Ledge to bourgeoning designers in New York City. They shared how to start a business in today’s fashion industry, promoting your brand and tips and tricks for making your brand successful.Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 3.59.59 PM

The Buitendorp twins talked about their experiences in the beginning stages of developing Shock and Awww. They shared several major milestones in promoting their brand such as getting Katy Perry to wear their designs, interning with international designer Betsey Johnson and securing a spot and winning VH1’s ‘Twinning’.

The winnings from the show “enabled us to move to New York City and to make Shock and Awww the brand that we want it to be,” said Shawn. “We moved to New York because the manufacturing is fantastic, there are people there that want to wear our clothing, and we can network with other young designers and start making this into a ready-to-wear brand.”

The twins plan to launch their ready-to-wear collection, made not for celebrities, but for the average woman or man, in September 2016.

More information on The Runway can be found at For questions about this and future programs, contact Quin D. Stinchfield at or (517) 230-2942.


Disney Awards $100,000 Grant to Wharton Center of Performing Arts

Wharton Center for Performing Arts has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Disney to bring the Disney Musicals in Schools program to Michigan. Wharton Center is one of only four arts organizations in the nation and the only one in the state selected this year to collaborate with Disney Musicals in Schools. The program is an outreach initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Group to create sustainable theater programs in under-resourced elementary schools.

Wharton Center chose four public elementary schools (grades 3-5) from eligible applicants for the 2015- 2016 academic year. The selected schools are Lewton and Post Oak Elementary, both in Lansing and Doyle Rider and Holmes STEM in Flint. The after school program is free to these participating schools.

Because the $100,000 grant will support two years of programming, another four schools will be selected next year. Disney Musicals in Schools helps keep arts programs in schools and utilizes the unique world of musical theater to build positive relationships among students, faculty, staff, parents and the community. Students work in teams to develop and restore self-confidence, and to strengthen communication and collaboration skills, all while learning and enjoying the process of creating a musical theater production. Learn more at

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