Capital Area Humane Society Raises $1 Million to Expand Shelter The Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) recently announced that it has raised $1 million as part of its $1.9 million New Home, New Hope campaign, a fundraising effort to help renovate and expand its current shelter. Renovations will include a new Animal Intake area that will help to expand housing for animals being held in cruelty investigations and animals needing behavioral enrichment. This will also help to create a less stressful space for felines and small animals. This $1.9 million campaign is the first of two phases of a renovation and expansion project totaling $3.9 million. Eventually, a new Clinical Center will be added, including quarantine areas for better managing wellness in the shelter and modernized housing areas for canines. To date, the fundraising effort has garnered support from nearly 110 community donors, individuals, businesses and foundations. For more information about the New Home, New Hope campaign and to donate, visit CAHSCampaign.org. Mobile Dental Center Unveiled Students in all 12 of Ingham County’s school districts can look forward to brighter, healthier smiles next school year with the launch of the health department’s mobile dental center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 40-foot long bus was held on April 17 at the Human Services Building in Lansing. The new mobile dental center will bring preventive and restorative dental services directly to schools and will offer care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The program, part of the Ingham Community Health Centers’ Healthy Smiles Dental Center, will prioritize rural and low-income schools, but all in-county schools may participate. A $500,000 grant from the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded the fully-equipped, handicap accessible bus in addition to other equipment. Annual operating costs for the mobile dental center will be covered through service fees and the bus will be stored at Dean Transportation. The mobile dental center will visit its first school before the end of the current school year and will have a full schedule next school year. Local winery wins big at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Burgdorf’s Winery won one gold, four silver and seven bronze awards at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition for their wines produced in Haslett, Mich. The gold was awarded to their proprietary blend, “Spartan White,” which is a nice semi-dry white wine that is from a blend of grapes from the MSU Agricultural Farm in East Lansing. Burgdorf’s Winery is in its 10th year of operation. This small, family-owned winery is located at 5635 Shoeman Rd. in Haslett, Mich.. More than 20 award-winning grape and fruit wines are made on site at the 4,000 square foot production facility from locally hand-picked, Michigan-grown fruits. More than 100 medals have been awarded to their wines from International Wine Competitions. The winery has a boutique gift shop and tasting room, giving customers the opportunity to sample their wines year round. Visit burgdorfwinery.com or call (517) 655-2883 for more information about the winery. Partnership Will Create “Abundance at the Avenue Cafe” Local business, HerBlends of Plenty, will be assuming management over the Avenue Cafe’s kitchen in Lansing’s east side later this spring. The hours of operation at the Avenue will expand this summer, with the space serving as a teahouse during the earlier hours. The Avenue Cafe will continue to offer craft beers and host an eclectic range of shows and events in the evening, but now there will be food with ingredients sourced from local farmers and crafted into meals by HerBlends of Plenty’s executive chef. Additionally, HerBlends of Plenty will be offering community supported kitchen (CSK) shares starting in the summer, allowing customers to sign on as “members” of the kitchen, paying in advance for a set number of seasonal meals per week. In return, they will receive meals at a more economical rate, and have the option of take-out, delivery or dine-in. To learn more about HerBlends of Plenty, check out their social media pages or visit herblendsofplenty.com. GLAC’s 33rd Annual Founders’ Day Awards Brunch The Greater Lansing Area Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (GLAC-NANBPWC) recently celebrated its 33rd Annual Founders’ Day Awards Brunch at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel. Traditionally, the Club pays tribute to its founders and honors several metro Lansing area persons who exhibit a true commitment to the community and their profession. GLAC President, Shirley B. Willis, extends her heartfelt congratulations to the 2015 award recipients who, in the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, “try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” This year, recognition was given to individuals in five principal award categories:
- Sojourner Truth Award: Paula D. Cunningham
- Frederick Douglass Award: James W. Butler, III
- Community Service: LaKeeya D. Tucker, D.O.
- Business Excellence Award: One Love Global, Inc.: Angela Waters Austin
- Youth on the Move: Analia Whitehead and Cameron Nathaniel King