Good News August 2011

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LSO Executive Director Courtney Millbrook, Music Director and Conductor Timothy Muffitt and Lansing Town Hall President Ruth Ann Foiles Brunet.

LSO to Continue Celebrity Lecture Series On June 16 the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (LSO) received a check for $15,000 from Lansing Town Hall, an organization founded by a group of women in 1953 to raise funds for the LSO. Every year Lansing Town Hall presents a Celebrity Lecture Series, attended by more than 500 members, that includes four guest lecturers and a luncheon that follows. This year their series will include one of the Irish Tenors and champion disabled athlete Ronan Tynan, author of the No. 1 best seller, The Christmas Box, Richard Paul Evans, writer and filmmaker Sharon Yamato and senior adviser at the McKinsey Center for US Health System Reform and health policy reporter at The Washington Post, Ceci Connolly. Their gift this year will also go toward LSO’s many guest artists during their 2011/2012 season. Violinist Giora Schmidt will be performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the opening MasterWorks concert. Details: www.lansingsymphony.org. Highfields Raises More Than $35,000 to Fight Domestic Violence Highfields Inc. raised more than $35,000 to help families experiencing domestic violence at its 31st Annual Golf Outing, sponsored by Walmart, June 13 at Walnut Hills Country Club. “The business community came out in force to support programs for families breaking the cycle of domestic abuse,” said Brian Philson, president/CEO. “We are so grateful to the many corporations and individuals who helped make the outing a success.” Highfields works with approximately 30 Ingham County families each year, but many more need help. Other major sponsors included Lyman and Sheets Insurance Agency, Maner Costerisan, Orchid Orthopedic Solutions and Physicians Health Plan. Founded in 1962, Highfields Inc. is a not-for-profit organization providing home-based counseling, residential care, experiential education and support programs for families, youths and communities throughout mid-Michigan. Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure Welcomes Board Members The Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to welcome a group of dedicated individuals to its Board of Directors.
  • Kristin St. Marie – President MSU Eli Broad School of Management
  • Sue Schanski – Treasurer McCartney and Company CPA’s, P.C.
  • Kim Hartman – Secretary Community Volunteer
  • Julie Barrons – MSU Student Spartans for the Cure
  • Lisa Dancsok – D & D Advisors
  • Jim Epolito – Health Management Associates
  • Barbara Fulton – Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital
  • Karen Holcomb-Merrill – Michigan League for Human Services
  • Mary Jo Schultz – Retired Dawn Food Products
  • Barb Wirtz – Community Volunteer
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Mid-Michigan Affiliate is one of 125 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment. Details: www.komenmidmichigan.org. Guys and Dolls Salon and Spa and Tanzmania Tanning join forces to create The Oasis Two locally owned businesses for more than 20 years have combined and expanded — more than doubling their size and employees. Guys & Dolls Salon & Spa along with TanzMania Tanning in Frandor have joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind facility called The Oasis. The Oasis is representative of two full-scale businesses in one modern and cutting edge 5,000-square-foot facility, providing the convenience of all the services one can enjoy in looking and feeling great. This major expansion is part of an exciting rejuvenation happening at Frandor Shopping Center, an icon to the Lansing area for more than 50 years, and the most central and accessible of all malls and shopping centers in the greater Lansing area. With their growth, Guys and Dolls and TanzMania have doubled their staffs and plans call for doubling again within this next year. The Oasis is located at 418 Frandor Ave. in the Frandor Shopping Center, across from Home Goods. Local Agency Wraps Successful 11-day Statewide Tour The Special PRops (short for PR opportunities) crew at Motion Marketing & Media in Lansing spent 11 days tweeting from all 83 counties in Michigan and what they found was more than just a positive spirit. The group visited businesses, restaurants, community events and tourist spots, met with local community, political and business leaders in an effort to understand what the business climate really looks like in our great mitten state. What they found was better than they had expected. Through the use of social media, #MeetMichigan was able to connect with Michigan businesses, great and small. From the teeniest mom-and-pop diner in Chatham, to big businesses headquartered in Michigan like Ice Mountain Water and La-Z-Boy. The team also found that Michigan businesses and consumers place a great deal of value on buying locally, eating at locally sourced restaurants and don’t mind a higher price tag to know they’re investing in their community. Though #MeetMichigan saw areas that fared better than others during our economic challenges, M3 was inspired by the positive attitude Michiganders have about turning our economy around.
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