In order to support our community projects, our club conducts several fund raising activities. These include:

  • Annual Chicken BBQ. Since 1957, we have done a chicken BBQ event in Patriarche Park. This is our most important fundraising event. Besides proceeds from the BBQ, local businesses and organizations help sponsor the event. People can pick up meals at a drive through lane, or come and enjoy a summer evening in the park. Businesses or organizations can also order bulk dinners for complementary delivery in the East Lansing area. The Kiwanis East Lansing Community Band also puts on a concert in the park.
    • In 2020, because of the Covid Pandemic, we are unable to hold our usual BBQ in the park. However, we are sponsoring a “Virtual BBQ” where you can purchase tickets that can be redeemed at three local restaurants. Click here to get details and order tickets.
  • Annual Golf Outing & Raffle.  In September we hold a golf putting outing, followed by a raffle, silent auction, and dinner.  Besides members and their friends and families, local businesses and organizations can sponsor foursomes.
  • Charity Poker Parties. We host a series of charity “Texas Hold ‘Em” poker parties. Profits go to our service projects for kids.
  • Amazon Smile. When shopping at, members and supporters can arrange for Amazon to donates a fraction of their purchase to The Kiwanis Club Of East Lansing Foundation.

Note that all proceeds from such events go to support our programs in the communities. Our administrative costs (e.g., internet services, meeting expenses) are covered entirely by members’ dues and by donations.

Here are sponsors and Partners for the 2020 Annual Chicken BBQ

Many thanks to these businesses and organizations for their generous support of the East Lansing Kiwanis.