The 2022 Tailgate


Join us for the 14th annual Michigan-Michigan State VINA Tailgate on October 27 at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center.

At the Tailgate, you can expect an expansive silent auction full of sports tickets and memorabilia, fun trips and experiences, U of M and MSU decorations, fan gear, golf packages, dollar-for-dollar gift cards and more! There's a buffet dinner of delicious tailgate food, a cash bar, various games and raffles and tons of fun things to do during the event. It starts at 5:30 pm, don't miss out!

Team Captains:

Bob Cernak will lead the Wolverines and George Moses will lead the Spartans.

Bob was a tight end at the University of Michigan with Harbaugh in the 80s and led the Wolverines to victory in the Tailgate last year. George is a Michigan State University alumnus and publisher of The Marketeer who was the winning captain of the virtual Tailgate party in 2020. 

Tailgate Score:

The Tailgate started in 2009 and we have kept track of the winning team each year.

Michigan: 6

Michigan State: 7

Will the Wolverines tie it up this year after their victory last year? Or will the Spartans pull ahead and strengthen their lead?


Presenting Sponsor: Anonymous Donor

Charlick, Spingstead & Wilson Dental Associates

Bank of Ann Arbor

Mazur's Total Automotive of Pinckney 

Steve & Kate Lowry

FMG Concrete Cutting

TNT Orthodontics

Carolyn Kokalis

Planted Provisioning

Larry & Pattie Courtney

Dr. Brian & Jean Petersburg

Patrick Financial Group

Susan Rafferty

Brighton Orthodontics

Snedicor's Cleaners

Rich & Mary Ray

Advanced Wealth Strategies

Bob & Pauline Schaffer

Hands On Health Chiropractic

Keven Burchfield

Tom Rafferty

Dr. Colleen & J.D. Concepcion

Village Dental of Milford

Rob Juergens — Merrill Lynch

Ida Bergsma

Attarian Dentistry

Dr. Ronald Paler

Nurture Family Dental

Drs. Donald & Sandra LaTurno

Kitschy Vintage

Gilbert & Myrna Henderson

Dr. Fred Bonine

Ward Dental Lab

Dan Minert

William P Horal DDS

Dr. Anne & Rick Bibik

Sheriff Mike Murphy

Robert & Lorna Durand

Uniplas, Inc

Cindy & Wes Armbruster

Judge Dan Bain

Leadership Transition Services

Scott & Sue Ward

Media Sponsor: The Marketeer

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2021 Recap

The Wolverines were victorious last year with a VERY close finish!

Below are some of the pictures from last year's Tailgate, including the U of M flag still in VINA's window until this year's winner is declared. 

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

All proceeds from fundraising events help patients like Kim:

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