Good News March 2015

Local Charities Compete to Win the University Club’s Big Bang-quet Challenge Twenty-one local charities are competing in the University Club of MSU’s Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge, sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union and the Capital Region Community Foundation. All charities are posted on the University Club’s website at, and the public is invited to visit the site and “vote” for their favorites. A “vote” is a $5 tax-deductible donation to the Capital Region Community Foundation. Online voting will close on Tuesday, March 24. On Wednesday, March 25 at 5:30 pm, the public is invited to a reception at the University Club to place final votes and witness the final outcome. Every organization will receive a check for 85% of the funds raised through voting. In addition, the two organizations that raise the most votes will receive a $10,000 or $5,000 credit toward a fundraising event at the University Club. In addition, the organization with the most individual donors will win a $5,000 credit toward a fundraising event at the University Club! Dart Bank Announces Promotion Peter Kubacki, President and CEO of Dart Bank, is pleased to announce the promotion of Susan Webster to Vice President. Webster came to Dart Bank in 2008 as a Loan Operations Manager and was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 2011. She has 17 years of management experience in Mortgage Loan Operations and Servicing. She holds a degree in Business Management from Davenport University, and will be graduating from Perry School of Banking this spring. Webster has been involved in and supported many organizations over the years such as the Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes and Meals on Wheels, and is currently the President of the St. Johns Athletic Boosters. Attorney Melisa M. W. Mysliwiec Receives Highest Martindale-Hubbell Rating Fraser Trebilcock attorney Melisa M. W. Mysliwiec recently achieved an AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, an honor viewed as a significant achievement in the legal industry. The rating includes the fields of Trusts and Estates, Aged and Aging, and Medicare and Medicaid. In addition to this rating, Mysliwiec has been honored as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for Elder Law. She also serves as Chair of the St. John Vianney Catholic School Board of Directors. Fraser Trebilcock is one of Michigan’s longest-established full-service law firms and has offices in Lansing, Detroit, and Grand Rapids. More information is available at and YMCA of Lansing Receives $30,000 Grant from Consumers Energy Foundation for Capital Improvements The YMCA of Lansing has received a $30,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to fund Capital Campaign facility improvements at its Oak Park and Parkwood branches. The grant will allow the YMCA of Lansing to better serve the Greater Lansing community and expand its services that focus on health and wellness, including programming that meets the special needs of children, teens and older adults. The support from the Consumers Energy Foundation will fund renovations to the childcare center and kids’ gym at Oak Park, as well as create a recreational outdoor sports park on the branch’s back grounds. At the Parkwood branch, the funds will be used for extensive renovations to the wellness center and improvements of the indoor track. “All of these changes will enhance the experience of everyone who comes through our doors. We’re grateful for the generous support from the Consumers Energy Foundation, which will allow us to serve a growing number of people within our community,” said Jeff Scheibel, president and chief operating officer of the YMCA of Lansing. 2015 Carl J. Latona Award Recipient Named Intake coordinator Julie Duffey was awarded the 2015 Carl J. Latona Distinguished Service Award at Highfields’ employee recognition dinner on Feb. 21. She was chosen for the award by her peers for her leadership and dedication to Highfields. “Carl Latona would be honored to have his name associated with Julie,” Brian Philson, President and CEO of Highfields, said. “She’s a perfect example of integrity and unswerving commitment to doing the right thing.” Carl Latona was Highfields’ President and CEO for more than 25 years and was known for his passion for help others, integrity and dedication to excellence. The award was created in Latona’s name in 2012. Duffey has been working for Highfields for 13 years and became the intake coordinator in 2008. Highfields is a human services nonprofit organization serving 11 Michigan counties through their residential treatment program, community services and educational services. For more

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