7710 West Saginaw Hwy
Lansing MI 48917
Community Awards Recipients Announced
Delta Township hosted the 15th Annual Delta Township Community Awards Event on October 28 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West. Nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate the outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations that were honored during the event.
The Township presented five awards this year including Citizen of the Year, Young Person of the Year, Business of the Year, and two Community Enhancement Awards. The Young Person of the Year recipient was also presented with a $2,000 Scholarship sponsored by the Delta Side Business Association.
The Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Father John Klein. Fr. John Klein served for 24 years as the pastor of St. Gerard Church. During his tenure, Fr. Klein sought to serve not only the members of his congregation but the Delta Township community at large. Under his leadership, St. Gerard hosted community holiday dinners on major holidays so that no person in the community was alone or hungry; he even offered transportation to the events; and during the pandemic, he instituted meal deliveries to ensure those in need would not go hungry. Fr. Klein also implemented a program to assist families in need over the Christmas holiday by providing toys, books, and clothing to children, to ensure that every child felt the love and miracle of the holiday, and the families felt the support of their community. Under Fr. Klein, St. Gerard began the Kids Hope USA program to send mentors into public schools to help children who are in need of caring, reliable, one-on-one relationships. Supporting his mission to care for and lead the citizens in Delta Township, Fr. Klein's work is simply done as an act of love for the community.
The Young Person of the Year Award was presented to Lindsey Zarka. Lindsey Zarka is a senior at Grand Ledge High School and was nominated for her dedication and excellence in academics, the arts, and volunteerism. Lindsey is a member of the Grand Ledge Archery Team where she received a perfect score enabling her to compete in the Nationals later this year. Additionally, Lindsey is a member of the National Honor Society and the yearbook staff. Academically, Lindsey is among the top in her class and has a thirst for learning. She is also a gifted artist and was invited to participate in the Kendall College of Art program last year. Her work was so impressive, that she was invited back again this year to continue her studies in the program.
The Business of the Year Award was presented to Moneyball Sportswear. For the last eight years, Moneyball Sportswear has led efforts to bring quality athletic events to Delta Township. These events have brought thousands of players, fans, and families to Delta Township and the surrounding areas. adding to Delta Township’s economy by producing hotel accommodations, restaurants visits, and exposing residents and visitors to the many amenities the Township has to offer. Moneyball Sportswear has worked with the Delta Township Parks & Recreation Department and the Greater Lansing Sports Authority and proceeds raised from these events have assisted Moneyball Sportswear in its commitment to building stronger communities by offering free basketball camps. More specifically, proceeds from the Moneyball 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament have benefitted the Moneyball Foundation and the Delta Township Parks & Recreation Scholarship program.
Two Community Enhancement Awards were given to the following recipients:
Granger Mall is currently owned by Sam Frangie and Sam Makhoul who bought the plaza in 2018. Originally built in the early 60s the building was desperately in need of a new roof and updates. In January 2020, they replaced the roof and built a new facade, with future plans to improve the parking lot.
Righter’s Auto Repair opened its Delta Township location in 2020. The redevelopment of the former Tuffy garage included nearly $1.2 million dollars in reinvestment into the building, equipment, parking lot, and more. This business was also a recipient of a Delta Economic Development Façade Improvement grant to assist in the cost of the improvements.
Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and recipients.