A History of Helping Hands
In addition to funding the Greater Lansing Certified Tourism Ambassador Program a key goal of the Team Lansing Foundation is to build upon the charitable acts of the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Lansing hospitality community, to set the stage for a bright future based on a total commitment to community enrichment. How is the GLCVB using these charitable funds to strengthen and grow cultural assets and increase access to current cultural assets to the under-served?
Family First Night at Wharton Center for Performing Arts
The Wharton Center and the Team Lansing Foundation partnered to reach at-risk kids and families from local communities. The Team Lansing Foundation subsidized 40 tickets for families to participate in Family First Nights at Wharton, a program partially funded by a grant from The Broadway League. Families who attended the Family First Night could not have otherwise afforded to go to the Wharton Center.
Temporary Outfield Fencing for Holt High School
Holt High School had sufficient baseball facilities, but due to inadequate fencing, lost out on opportunities to host weekend tournaments for which it was otherwise perfectly suited. The Greater Lansing Sports Authority saw the need; the Team Lansing Foundation assessed the potential, and then responded by facilitating the purchase of temporary, removable outfield fences. Since the purchase the school hosted the Triple Crown Baseball Tournament as well as the BPA Under-11 World Series, and is now a desirable regional option for baseball and softball tournaments of all sizes.
New Dock at Lansing's Riverfront Park
The Greater Lansing Sports Authority was part of the organizing committee for the inaugural Capital City Dragon Boat Race, held at Riverfront Park in 2011. While the event highlighted our ability to host water activities downtown, it was also made clear the event could only grow if an additional dock could be installed. The GLSA received support from the Team Lansing Foundation and also worked to secure additional grants that led to the instillation of a new dock, increasing viability for future race events as well as improving the residents access to the river.
Hurricane Katrina Relief
Back in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina rocked New Orleans the Team Lansing Foundation led a Greater Lansing area effort which included the donation of computers and staff expertise to set up a computer lab in Atlanta, Georgia to help evacuees of the Katrina disaster use the internet to locate loved ones, find jobs, etc. The Team Lansing Foundation also led the effort to rally the regional hospitality community to donate linens, soap, shampoo and sleeping rooms for hurricane Katrina evacuees that were relocated to the Greater Lansing area.
Local Social Outreach
The GLCVB facilitated the donation of mattresses and bedding from the local hospitality community to area domestic abuse shelters.
Volunteerism / Sponsorships
Providing annual financial and volunteer support for major events driving tourists to the area such as the Great Lakes Folk Festival and the Common Ground Music Fest.
The mission of the Team Lansing Foundation is to champion destination development in Greater Lansing through education, research and participation with initiatives that enhance and elevate the value of the tourism
assets within our community.
Thomas M. Collins
Traverse City Leasing, Inc.
John Rosendahl, CTA
Halo Branded Solutions
Secretary / Treasurer
Mayor Virg Bernero
City of Lansing
CEO, Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
Capitol National Bank
Bonnie Knutson, Ph.D., CTA
MSU School of Hospitality Business