View Newspaper Group 2019 events raise more than $36,000 for area nonprofits

More than $109K raised through seven years of signature events
View Newspaper Group is dedicated to giving back. Pictured here is one of five checks donations the company did this year thanks to funds raised at their signature events. Photo by Alex Petrie

View Newspaper Group is dedicated to giving back. Pictured here is one of five checks donations the company did this year thanks to funds raised at their signature events. Photo by Alex Petrie

LAPEER — View Newspaper Group wrapped up its 2019 event season two weeks ago when it handed off a check for $6,000 to FARR (Fenton Area Resources and Referral Network, Inc.). The funds were raised at Bottles, Brews & News, View Newspaper Group’s craft beer and wine fest, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Rackham Park in downtown Fenton. The sold-out event featured more than 20 beer and wine brands, live music, food and more.

The presentation to FARR marked the fifth and final donation of the year, bringing the grand total of money raised in 2019 at View Newspaper Group events to $36,936.

“It was a big year for our team,” said Emily Caswell, brand manager at View Group, the branding division of View Newspaper Group. “We launched three new events and each one was successful thanks to our dedicated team, great nonprofit partners and the many community members who came out to support our celebrations.”

Leading a trend for newspapers nationwide, View Newspaper Group began hosting events seven years ago with a craft beer fest in Lapeer. Since then the line-up of events has grown, with each one benefiting an area nonprofit. In just seven years View Newspaper Group has raised $109,242.26 for area nonprofits through their signature events.

“We are extremely proud of our event line-up,” said Caswell. “They offer a great way for us to connect with our readers and clients. They are a great way to introduce people to our company, our team and, if they’re not already readers, our print products. Best of all, they offer a way for our team to raise money for worthy causes.”

With 19 newspapers across the state of Michigan, View Newspaper Group continues to grow. Locally owned, each newspaper has a dedicated local team keeping readers connected to their communities.

“Our company values what nonprofits, charities and service organizations in our communities are doing,” said Caswell. “Our President and Owner Rick Burrough and Publisher Wes Smith have created a culture where giving back is part of who we are.”

In addition to funds raised through their signature events, View Newspaper Group is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve through the volunteerism of their team plus thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising space donations each year to dozens of nonprofits.

“No other media company in the markets we serve is giving back at the level of View Newspaper Group,” said Smith. “Through our articles raising awareness and promoting fundraising events, to working alongside our fellow volunteers, to donating advertising space and cash, and through our own events, we take pride in contributing more than $250,000 annually in monetary and in-kind services to our nonprofit partners. That’s what we mean when we say we are ‘Locally Committed.’”

For more information on upcoming View Newspaper Group events or sponsorships contact Emily Caswell at ecaswell@mihomepaper.com or at 810-245- 2608.

View Newspaper Group is comprised of 19 community newspapers covering 10 Michigan counties with more than 310,000 copies in print each week. Sister company Michigan Web Press/Stafford Printing is now the largest commercial newspaper printer in Michigan, serving more than 250 clients.