Thank You for Your Support at Our Fundraiser
The 2nd Annual VegMichigan Fundraiser was a huge success! The board and staff at VegMichigan are thankful that so many people value our work and came out to support our efforts. A great time was had by all as attendees enjoyed a delicious vegan Thanksgiving buffet prepared by The Old Shillelagh, fantastic desserts, goody bags filled with vegan samples, and five great raffle prizes. Winners of the raffle took home gift cards to Detroit Street Filling Station, Detroit Vegan Soul, Unburger Grill, Chive Kitchen, Neu Kombucha, and Veg-O-Rama! The funds raised will enable us expand our free presentation and food tasting program to promote the health, ethical, and environmental benefits of a vegan diet to a wider audience throughout Michigan.
Upcoming Events


The "Get Healthy in 2020" events are free, but please RSVP. Click on the links above for details and to register.

Note to Eastsiders: VegMichigan member, Julie McCutcheon, Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, will be presenting a Plant-Based Nutrition for Better Health class at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial on January 15th. Click here for details and to register.
Giving Tuesday: Please Donate on Our Giving Grid
We're excited to report that we've nearly reached our goal set in August of raising $25,000 to meet the matching gift generously offered by an anonymous donor in order to help us expand our outreach efforts. We have just $500 left to raise! Please consider VegMichigan when making your Giving Tuesday contributions by make a donation on the VegMichigan Giving Grid and posting your favorite photo.

VegMichigan is working on a local level to help spread the benefits of eating vegan by expanding to new locations around the state with our free presentations and vegan food tastings. And this month, we're so excited to partner with the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan for an educational program tailored to middle and high school scouts!

You can help by becoming a VegMichigan member or by making a donation - on Giving Tuesday or any day! Together, we can make a real difference!
Major Announcement!
VegFest to be Held at TCF Center in Downtown Detroit
The Grand Riverview Ballroom
As we announced in the September newsletter, VegFest is moving to Detroit. We originally planned to host VegFest at Eastern Market but with all that we have planned in 2020, we needed a bigger space and we are excited to announce that VegFest 2020 will be held in the Grand Riverview Ballroom of the TCF Center (formerly Cobo Hall), home to the most prestigious events in Michigan, including the North American International Auto Show. The event will be held on Sunday, May 17th.

It is also very important that we provide our guests with the most enjoyable experience possible and the TCF Center has just completed many state-of-the art renovations, has convenient parking, climate controlled and carpeted presentation rooms, and the Grand Riverview Ballroom offers beautiful views of the Detroit River and Riverwalk. Dr. Greger has already signed on to speak and he will be signing his new book, How Not To Die t. Stay tuned for more details.
Happy (Vegan) Holidays
As the holiday season kicks off, there are more vegan options than ever for making your favorite dishes vegan , cruelty-free gifts , and more! Whole Foods is offering stuffed seitan roasts from Minneosota-based Herbivorous Butcher and vegan mac ' n cheese from renowned chef Ayinde Howell, which can be delivered right to your door! For other meal options that can be picked up or delivered, read more here . Or if you're on the road this holiday season, check out some quick fast food options on-the-go. And if you're looking for a great gift idea or need some inspiration for hosting, check out Forbes' list of the best vegan cookbooks here . Or try making VegMichigan member, Joann Progar's, mouthwatering peanut butter chocolate pie from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's The Joy of Vegan Baking . Click here for the recipe. It's sure to wow your family and friends this holiday season just as it did at our Fall Fundraiser this year!
If you're shopping on Amazon for that perfect vegan gift item , please remember to select VegMichigan as your charity of choice at smile.amazon.com and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items to VegMichigan. We appreciate your support and wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!
Director of Programming Position Now Closed
Thanks to all who took the time to apply for VegMichigan’s Director of Programming position posted in last month's newsletter. Our hiring team is hard at work reviewing all applications and will begin the interview process soon. If your application and experience align with what we are looking for to fill this role, we will be in touch. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on the new addition to our team!
Reflecting on Veganism
As "The Year of the Vegan" draws to a close, we are so grateful for your support in spreading awareness on veganism right here in Michigan and we can't help but reflect on what has been effective in growing the vegan movement and how we can continue to advance it in a productive and engaging way.   This thought-provoking piece featured in The Guardian will resonate with many of you as we embark on another year of moving the vegan cause forward. And as we do that, it's more important than ever to focus on the joy of being vegan and how aligning our food choices with our values can create compassion not just for ourselves, the earth, and animals, but also for others - wherever they are in their journeys. Read more about how being a successful vegan goes beyond food here .
Egg-Laying Hens in MI Will Be Cage-Free by 2024
Thank you to all who reached out to their state senators to oppose Senate Bill174 . Over the next five years, Michigan will become the fifth state in the country, and the first in the Midwest, to require all egg-laying hens to be cage-free. And though the requirements don't have to be met until 2024, the bill will also require enrichments for birds, including dust-bathing areas, perches, and nest boxes. According to Farm Sanctuary, approximately 10 million animals will benefit every year because of this law. Read more here .
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VegMichigan is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization focused on promoting the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a vegan diet. We work to educate the public by offering a wide range of activities for learning and socializing.