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VIDEO: MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo guest speaker at Kalamazoo benefit


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- MSU's head basketball coach Tom Izzo was the featured  guest speaker at a benefit put on by the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization Monday night in downtown Kalamazoo. The fundraising dinner set at $300 a plate sold out.  

Watch above for comments from Izzo on leadership and the importance of role models in young people's lives. 

Since 1978, the Annual Benefit Dinner has played an important role in providing funding to help the agency match vulnerable children with caring, supportive and consistent mentors and to provide ongoing support to more than 1,300 current matches. Each year, the money raised at the Benefit Dinner accounts for more than one-third of the agency’s annual budget.

“Our Annual Benefit Dinner helps make it possible for us to achieve our mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever,” says Deb Buchholtz, executive director.

The event featured 720 attendees and 72 sponsors and the evening included a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception, a gourmet dinner, the opportunity to bid on silent and live auctions, raffles, and the key note address from Tom Izzo.  This year, the Benefit Dinner was the first major event held at the newly renovated Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo,”