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Community challenged to help LACASA earn $50K in grants

Two private foundations will award LACASA Center $50,000 in match grant funds if the nonprofit organization meets its fundraising goal for Denim & Diamonds.

“This event is our annual fall fundraiser and all proceeds benefit abused children and victims of interpersonal violence,” said Kate Lowry, LACASA Board of Directors member and event chair.   “We are inviting the community to “Double Down for Denim & Diamonds. LACASA needs to raise $50,000 to receive $50,000. These foundations essentially are matching all community support for this event, which will have twice the impact for victims.”

The private foundations issuing the match-grant challenge are the Wheeler Family Foundation and the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation.
“Our fundraising activities for this event, including sponsor ships, donations, ticket sales, gambling proceeds, raffle purchases, and cigar bar proceeds will help us secure these foundation match grants,” said Lowry.

LACASA’s annual Western-themed fundraising event is set for Sept. 13, 2014, at the private ranch of Gwen Haggerty-Bearden and Steven Bearden in Howell.

Guests at this jeans-preferred fundraiser enjoy an evening of equestrian shows, Wild West gambling, down-home cooking, fun around the bonfire, wine and beer, live music, line dancing, and a variety of smokin’ activities. The evening ends at 10 p.m. with a finale-style fireworks display.

Event sponsors are invited to attend a VIP Pre-Party on the Bearden’s lakeside terrace at 5:15 p.m. prior to the event kick-off. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served and VIP priority parking will be provided.

“We are asking businesses and individuals from the community to take this double-down challenge and support our event in any capacity they can,” said Bobette Schrandt, president and CEO of LACASA Center. “Every dollar we raise will put us closer to receiving $50,000 for victims and survivors in need.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” Schrandt said. “We provide all our victim services at no charge, and these funds are critical to ensuring that victims receive the help and resources they need to recover and heal from trauma.”

The deadline to become a Denim & Diamonds sponsor is Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in order to be included in all pre-event promotional materials.

To learn more about the event, visit or contact Kristine Masters, LACASA special event coordinator, at 517.548.-1350 or email

LACASA Center is an independent nonprofit and is not supported by or affiliated with a national parent agency. The organization depends on individual donations from members of the community. All contributions stay local.

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