In brief

Event raises more than $30,000 for Food Bank

FENTON — The “Women, Wine, Fashion & Finance” fundraiser, hosted by Shard Financial Services Inc, raised more than $30,000 to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s BackPack program.

The Food Bank’s BackPack program ensures at-risk children have backpacks full of food to take home during the weekend. The money raised will feed all eligible children in Genesee County with money going to Bay County as well.

With almost 400 guests in attendance, the event was an overwhelming success. Bill Kerr, President of the Food Bank spoke at the event.

A $1,000 Women of Advancement Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Smith. She is going back to school for special education degree — something she felt the need to do after volunteering at the Special Olympics.

Two volunteers were inducted into Shard Financial’s Hall of Fame — Tonya Acha of SE Michigan Referral Institute and Meg Vaughn of General Motors. Their tireless work helped make sure the event was a success.

AbbyRhoadesofFit4Uwasgiventhe “Instigator Award” as a result of her work with “Roast Your Rump.” On Thanksgiving Day, she held a Zumbathon and cereal drive to benefit the Food Bank. She raised 100 boxes on her own, and instigated Shard Financial to start the cereal drive along with Midwest Soccer Academy. More than 1,700 boxes of cereal were donated.

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church seeking applicants

GRAND BLANC — The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is offering three university scholarships for the 2013-14 years as follows:

• George & Naouma Giole Scholarship — for those of Greek descent

• Katina John Malta Scholarship — for those who are Orthodox in good standing

• Paleologos Scholarship — for those who are Orthodox in good standing pursuing a Graduate degree

Those who are interested can download the applications at the Web address below. All applications are due by April 26. Go to: archdiocese/ administration/ ch ancellor/ 2013. — G.G.

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