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About The Tailgate

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The Tailgate at Crystal Gardens on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.

Spartan and Wolverine fans will compete to see which team can raise the most money for VINA Community Dental Center. In the last 12 years of The Tailgate, the Spartans have won 7 while the Wolverines have won 5. Whose flag will be flying at VINA this year?

The Tailgate party will have tons of silent auction items, games and entertainments and delicious tailgate eats and treats.

Silent auction items include team swag, sports memorabilia, football tickets and more!

Countdown to The Tailgate

Captains for the 2021 Tailgate:

Michigan State University: Jeff LaFave

University of Michigan: Bob Cernak


To purchase a sponsorship, visit the "Tickets & Sponsorships" tab above.

Booster Sponsors:

First National Bank

Steve & Kate Lowry

Paul Bunyan Sponsors:

Mazur's Total Automotive

Susan Rafferty

Tom Rafferty

Dr. Colleen & J.D. Concepcion

Corrigan Oil

Merrill Lynch: The Juergens Nolan Gibson Group 

Fan Sponsors:

Cindy Armbruster

Dr. Ronald Paler

Extra Point Sponsor:

Leadership Transition Services

Media Sponsor:

The Marketeer

About VINA

VINA is a nonprofit dental clinic established in 2008 and located in Brighton, Michigan. All of the patients at VINA have no dental insurance and income at or below 225% of the Federal Poverty Level. The out-of-pocket cost of dental care is too great and many patients do not have access to affordable dental care without the services of VINA. 

Many patients at VINA have not had dental care in years or even decades. Many experience frequent pain and other health complications from this lack of dental care. Oral health problems can prevent patients from receiving surgery or infection, taking a toll on overall health. VINA works to provide quality dental care and education to these underserved patients to improve health and quality of life

VINA patients only pay $25 per appointment and $10 for routine hygiene visits. This reduced financial burden for patients helps restore smiles in the community. VINA is funded through special events, donations, and grants.

Services include: Oral Cancer Screenings & Oral Exams, Oral Surgery & Extractions, Fluoride Treatment, Cleanings, Fillings, X-Rays, Crowns

See some of the patients who benefit from support of people like you: