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Two-year "We Are Kalamazoo" donation total reaches $60,000

Published: 77 days ago


KALAMAZOO, MI— The Kalamazoo Wings are proud to announce that their second edition of the “We Are Kalamazoo” game helped raise over $15,000 for the Kalamazoo Strong Organization through silent auction, jersey auction, ticket sales, merchandise sales, and concession sales on Sunday, March 5.

Through the generosity of the general public and organizations from around the country, the Wings have earned over $60,000 through their two “We Are Kalamazoo” games held on March 5 of both 2016 and 2017. Every dollar that has been earned will be disbursed to the victims and families of those affected by the February mass shooting and the June cyclist tragedy.

The Kalamazoo Strong Organization, established in the wake of the February 20 shootings in Kalamazoo, has prided itself as the premier disaster philanthropy group in the area. In less than a year, the KSO has provided tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of financial and emotional relief for crisis victims in Kalamazoo. Since its inception, the Kalamazoo Strong Organization has grown its reach to provide programs that include:

·         2/20 Fund- Helping those affected from the February 20th shootings in Kalamazoo.

·         Tyler Smith Scholarship- An annual scholarship in honor of shooting victim Tyler Smith. The scholarship is available for application by seniors at Mattawan High School

·         Crisis Fund- An active program that collects donations to be allocated to families affected by a tragedy at the time. 

Run entirely by volunteers, the proceeds earned by the KSO are distributed directly to the above programs.

Single game tickets start at just $10 all season long and can be purchased at the Wings Event Center box office or at http://kwings.com/SingleGameTickets.

Wings Event Center, owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, is home to the minor league hockey team Kalamazoo Wings and a full entertainment venue offering concerts, sporting events, family shows and trade shows. Built in 1974, Wings Event Center values partnerships with the community to bring events and attractions that enrich the lives of residents in the Kalamazoo area.

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