Happy New Year, Bay Area Spartans!
Please join us at Google’s San Francisco office on January 22, 6 – 9 pm for a great opportunity to network with fellow Michigan State alumni.
Hot and cold appetizers, wine, beer and sodas will be provided for all attendees. We will be pouring Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Torrontés wine varietals courtesy of our good friends at Bravium Wines and Threshold Wine Company.
We will be selling raffle tickets at the event and holding a drawing to win unique MSU autographed merchandise signed by either Coach Dantonio, football star Kirk Cousins, or basketball star Draymond Green. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales benefit the MSU Alumni of SF Bay Area Scholarship Fund. We are 1/3rd of the way to our goal of raising $30,000 to endow our scholarship fund which will help students from the Bay Area attend MSU. Your support of this goal is appreciated.
We are also very excited to announce a special VIP guest at this event. You have seen him at athletic events, in parades, around campus on game day, in ESPN commercials, at weddings, birthday parties, alumni club events and promoting literacy to children in schools. He is loved everywhere and is the embodiment of what it means to be a Michigan State Spartan. He is Sparty! And he’s coming to San Francisco!
Fresh off a Rose Bowl victory and a whole lot of fun down in Pasadena, Sparty was anxious to enjoy just a little bit more time in the California sunshine and really wanted to come meet all the SF Bay Area Spartans! Sparty will be hanging out only during the first hour of the event to pose for photos and to meet everybody – so don’t be late or you’ll miss him!
Following Sparty’s departure, Janel Rutzen, Program Coordinator for the Association of Future Alumni will give a brief presentation on the history of our beloved mascot. Have you ever wondered how our beloved Sparty became the Michigan State University icon he is today? How he got started? MSU’s mascot first began to take form in 1955. Sparty in his current form is 23 years old but has had several looks throughout that time. In Janel’s presentation you will learn the origins of Sparty and the Sparty Mascot Program, and get a rare insider’s look at what it is like to portray Sparty, “The Gentle Giant.”
This promises to be a really fun night out with your fellow MSU alums, so get your tickets today! Check out our Eventbrite page to purchase tickets. We are looking forward to having you join us at this unique event.