Reservations still being accepted for Sept. 28 scholarship fundraiser for Michigan youth who were in foster care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 19, 2017

MDHHS CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112

TREASURY CONTACT: Ron Leix, 517-335-2167

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan students who were in foster care will receive college scholarships through money raised at the Sept. 28 Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit Dinner in Dearborn. Reservations are still being accepted.

The sixth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Detroit is being held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn.

The Michigan Education Trust and Michigan Departments of Treasury and Health and Human Services are again teaming up to host the fundraiser. The emcee is Carolyn Clifford, anchor for television station WXYZ Channel 7.

The cost to attend is $100. Reservation information is available at www.fosteringfutures-mi.com. The event includes dinner, a silent auction, a $100 raffle to win a two-year lease on a 2017 Cadillac, $5 and $10 raffles, and entertainment by Grammy-nominated vocalist Betty Joplin.

About 13,000 children are in the Michigan foster care system administered by MDHHS. Many want to attend college, but less than 10 percent nationally enroll after high school and less than 3 percent eventually earn a degree.

The Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund provides former foster care students who do not have adequate financial resources to attend college with a scholarship.

Anyone unable to attend the event can make donations of any dollar amount to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund by visiting www.fosteringfutures-mi.com. Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund is a Section 170(c) organization so all contributions are eligible for an income tax deduction.

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