Sky high

This was published in the print and online editions of the Lansing City Pulse on September 28, 2011.

Sky high

By Nicole LaChance

A local charity aims to cash in on some of Lansing’s best views.

The Greater Lansing Housing Coalition’s Views of Lansing fundraiser on Saturday will showcase five buildings known for their architecture and great views of the city. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the GLHC, which aims to provide quality housing and housing assistance for area residents.

The fundraiser showcases five buildings: the Christman Mutual Fund Building, the newly re-furbished Accident Fund National Headquarters building, Cooley Temple, Boji Tower and the Cooley Law Center. Katherine Draper, executive director of the GLHC, said most of the buildings are not usually open to the general public.

The buildings were chosen mainly for their views of the city, but also for their unique architecture and their significance to the Lansing area, Draper said. Boji Tower, for instance, holds the title of the tallest building in Lansing.

The event is a “rare opportunity to see the buildings and experience what our downtown has to offer,” Draper said, adding that the GLHC plans to use the money raised from the event to fulfill its mission of building a healthy community through affordable housing and assistance and educating residents. The funds raised will help continue existing programs, such as foreclosure counseling, home buying counseling, classes on common home maintenance issues and affordable apartment rentals.

“We want to be able to continue to serve our community and the residents who need us,” Draper said. The GLHC’s services are focused primarily on qualifying low-income individuals and families.

This is the first year the GLHC has hosted this event.  For more information, call (517) 372-5980. The event is limited to 500 people and the GLHC would like those interested to reserve tickets in advance.

Views of Lansing

Fundraiser for Greater Lansing Housing Coalition 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1

$100 (tax-deductible); advance reservations are requeste

A reception follows at 7 p.m. at Cooley Temple. Call (517) 372-5980, or email glhc@glhc.org.

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