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The approximately 560 people who attended the Michigan Education Trust’s eighth annual Pizza Party on the Michigan State Capitol Lawn got their fill of pizza and helped fill the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund, which awards scholarships to students enrolled in Michigan college and universities who have experienced foster care.
The $15,773 raised at the Aug. 9, 2019 Pizza Party pushed the total for all seven events to $50,184, helping make the dream of a college education a reality for students who otherwise might lack resources to pursue higher education when they age out of the foster care system. The total raised this year eclipsed the $5,338 raised during the previous year's event.
For a minimum donation of $5, attendees received pop and pizza provided by Hungry Howie’s and ice cream from MSU Dairy Store.
In addition, 78 pillows were collected during the Pizza Party for The Pillow Effect, a Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative that aims to ensure successful outcomes for young adults as they transition out of foster care. Because children entering foster care often don’t have their essential personal items with them, The Pillow Effect provides pillows to foster care youth in Berrien, Calhoun, Clinton/Eaton, Ingham, Ionia/Montcalm, Jackson, Livingston and Macomb counties. Financial donations also were welcome and $155 was collected Thursday.
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