4th Annual Spartan Winter Tailgate

4th Annual Spartan Winter Tailgate

By FOX 47 News . CREATED Feb 26, 2014

Grand Rapids, MI — The MSU Club of West Michigan, in partnership with numerous other sponsors, is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Spartan Winter Tailgate on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids. The main event starts at 6:00pm and is preceded by a Sponsor Reception at 5:00pm.

Spartan Winter Tailgate will feature current MSU Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio and MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis. Joining them will be additional members of the MSU Football coaching staff along with many former Spartan Football greats, including several from the 2014 and 1988 Rose Bowl teams.

Spartan Winter Tailgate expects to raise more than $130,000 which goes towards Grand Rapids Public Schools athletic programming, the Mitch Lyons Tight End Scholarship Endowment as well as funding for programs and other scholarships through the MSU Club of West Michigan.

"On behalf of the Grand Rapids Board of Education and the entire district, I want to express our thanks and appreciation to the MSU Club of West Michigan for their generous support and investment in our students and schools. From Nooks to coats and clothing for those in need to mentoring students and so much more, the MSU alums have truly demonstrated a heartfelt commitment to improving the lives of children in our community," stated Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.

“Coach Dantonio is a big reason for the formation of the Spartan Winter Tailgate, which raised $50,000 in the first year (2011), $75,000 in 2012 and $100,000 last year,” said club president Steve Brown.

“The response has been phenomenal and we have most certainly seen an exponential increase this year due to our football team’s recent success as Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champs. We see it only continuing to grow in the future. It’s all about Mark Dantonio. He’s the rock star. His success, what he’s done, he’s the reason for the phenomenal growth of the event and a big reason why the MSU Club of West Michigan is able to continue to give back to our community,” said Brown.

As of February 1, the event has sold out, as it has in the previous three years. However, organizers have stated that it’s possible for more tickets to open up to the public over the next week or two at $75/ea.