In the spirit of giving back to the community, Theo and Stacy’s and the Kalamazoo Greek Festival donate money to support many local charities. This year we have chosen three worthy charities to be the recipients of a portion of the Kalamazoo Greek Festival proceeds.
Portage Aquatic Club (Thursday)
Portage Aquatic Club (PAC) is a community based competitive swim team that services swimmers from Portage, Kalamazoo, Mattawan, and other surrounding areas. Currently, PAC has over 135 swimmers, ranging in age from 6 years old through high school, that participate in the sport of swimming at the local age group level as well as the national USA level. It is the goal of PAC to promote the sport of swimming and provide a positive experience to all interested individuals and to help these athletes improve their skills with top-notch coaching and training. Fundraising efforts help our club to meet these goals. We are grateful to Dionysos Greek Fest for selecting Portage Aquatic Club to be this years charitable organization. For more information on PAC please visit their website at www.portageaquaticclub.com.
SPCA of Southwest Michigan (Friday)
The SPCA of Southwest Michigan is dedicated to addressing the ever-growing plague of pet homelessness. They are here to save the forgotten dogs and cats in our community and place them in responsible forever homes. More than 95 percent of the income the SPCA raises goes directly to the rescue and care of homeless animals. The SPCA of SW Michigan is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on the financial support of people who believe in their mission. For more information on the SPCA of Southwest Michigan please visit their website at spcaswmich.org.
Portage Athletic Foundation (Saturday)
The Portage Athletic Foundation is a volunteer organization that raises funds to support Portage area middle and high school sports. Last year we donated $35,000 to the schools, and they allocate the funds to sports in need of new equipment. Previously, the funds have been used for things such as new scoreboards, wrestling mats, uniforms and upgrades to equipment and facilities.
Here are some of the charities we have helped in the past.
Vine Neighborhood Association Greg Jennings Foundation Sons of Malta (Fire/EMS) Roof Sit Portage Aquatic Club Go Red for Women
Junior League of Kalamazoo Loy Norix Baseball Bosters Kalamazoo Jaycees
Fraternal Order of Police Big Brothers and Big Sisters, A Community of Caring
CARES Network Guidance Clinic Portage Northern Cheer Team
API Theater Alzheimer’s Association Girl Scouts of America