Good News September 2014

Holt Portrait Studio Moves to New Location Mary Gajda, co-owner of Studio M Portraits in Holt, Mich. is taking her photography to the next level by offering “Boudoir by Mary.” Construction is underway for a new location next to Biggby coffee on Cedar in Holt and is set to open in October. The new space will provide Studio M Portraits’ staff and customers with a dressing area, office space and a beautiful new shooting area with new sets and backdrops. Visit or for more information. LAFCU Awards $3,000 in LCC Scholarships to Help Area Women Enter/Re-Enter Workforce LAFCU recently awarded the 2014 WHEEL scholarships to Andrea Skrip of Charlotte, Rachelle Koenigsknecht of Fowler and Lisa McGhan of Williamston at its main branch in west Lansing. Each received a $1,000 scholarship to attend Lansing Community College (LCC) for the fall 2014 semester. The Women Helping Educate Every Lady (WHEEL) scholarship program was launched last year to help women who want to enhance their education to enter or re-enter the workforce. Winners were determined by a one-page essay about the applicant’s new career choice, why she wants to pursue it now and her inspiration for returning to school. YMCA of Lansing Receives Grant for Refugee Acculturation Program The YMCA of Lansing has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation to fund its Refugee Family Strengthening and Parenting Skills Program, which will serve refugee families relocated to the Lansing area. The 12-week-long curriculum will teach families the skills necessary to strengthen bonds and improve communication between family members, and teach parents to advocate for their children. Families will learn American cultural norms that help adults obtain jobs and thrive in their new community. There are nearly 400 to 700 refugees who relocate to the greater Lansing area each year, with limited resources available to help with acculturation. The program began in mid-July, and will be held at the Downtown YMCA on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. Dinner and childcare is provided. Pre-registration for the program is required. To find out more, visit Capital Region Community Foundation’s $75,000 impact grant will help ‘Heal the House’ The Capital Region Community Foundation has chosen the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan (RMHMM) as the recipient of its $75,000 impact grant for 2014. The “Heal the House” project is a cohesive plan to rehabilitate the 15-year-old house that hosts families who have critically ill children receiving medical treatment in local hospitals and clinics. It will transform the House into a place that keeps parents in a positive, proactive mindset to help their children heal. It also will enable more family members to stay at the House. The grant requires the Ronald McDonald House to secure an additional $75,000 in matching funds, doubling the grant’s impact to $150,000 for the organization. Those matching funds are coming from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan. Introducing Kandler Reed Khoury & Muchmore Cusmano Kandler & Reed, a Michigan governmental relations firm, recently announced its new name, Kandler Reed Khoury & Muchmore, with the addition of respected public affairs veteran Deb Muchmore to the firm’s partnership. Muchmore will join long time partners Bill Kandler, Gary Reed and Ron Khoury. The addition of Muchmore enhances KRKM’s public affairs, public relations, lobbying and association management capabilities. She also will expand the firm’s ability to provide strategic planning and other communications disciplines. KRKM’s continued emphasis on its clients’ success includes association management, with Marcy Lay directing the division since the founding of the firm in 1995. Muchmore brings a 20 plus-year career as a public affairs strategist at Marketing Resource Group, long recognized as one of Michigan’s most effective public affairs and political consulting firms. She is a recognized spokeswoman for state and international companies, including those in the natural resources, energy and economic development fields. Kandler Reed Khoury & Muchmore is a non-partisan government relations, public affairs and association management firm representing statewide, national and international companies, associations and grassroots campaigns. Visit online at

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