Fundraising Lunch in Grand Rapids to Help Former Foster Youth Go to College

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June 13, 2019

LANSING, Mich. – Seat reservations are still available for the fifth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit to be held on June 26 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

All proceeds help provide college access to hundreds of youth who have been in foster care.

The Michigan Education Trust (MET), Michigan Department of Treasury and the Michigan Department of Health and Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are again teaming up to host the fundraiser, which begins when a silent auction and buffet lunch open at 11:30 a.m. The program begins at noon and the silent auction and raffle closes at 1 p.m.

“With this being our second lunchtime fundraiser downtown, we are hoping to attract a larger turnout from local businesses and be able to raise even more money to assist students who have experienced foster care in achieving their dreams of a post-secondary education,” said Robin Lott, executive director for MET. “During the last academic year, 369 students from over 50 different institutions are receiving support as a result of our Grand Rapids and Detroit fundraisers. In fact, 34 percent of Fostering Futures Scholarship awards went to recipients in West Michigan.”

The cost to attend the fundraiser is $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight. Purchase information is available at

Raffle and auction items include an autographed Nick Castellanos Detroit Tigers jersey, baseball and four Tigers game tickets; tickets to Tigers, Red Wings and Michigan State University Spartans football games; autographed University of Michigan memorabilia; Cell Block Seven Museum tickets; an overnight stay at the Amway Grand hotel and a variety of gift baskets themed for men, women, children and summer fun.

Eva Aguirre-Cooper of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids will emcee the luncheon with comments from State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks.

About 13,500 youth are in the Michigan foster care system administered by MDHHS. Many want to attend college, but less than 10 percent nationwide enroll after high school and less than 3 percent eventually earn a degree. The Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund provides students who have experienced foster care and do not have adequate financial resources to attend college with a scholarship.

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

Seventeen Michigan colleges and universities have programs to assist former foster care students:  Delta College, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Flint, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

More information about the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund is available at

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Danelle Gittus or Ron Leix, Treasury Public Information Officers, at 517-335-2167

Bob Wheaton, MDHHS Public Information Officer, 517-241-2112

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