Three Education Focused Groups to Compete for Pop Up Giving from United Way

Leave it to the creative crew at United Way to produce yet another way to have fun while helping raise funds to advance the community of Michigan’s Great Southwest. This time, they’re offering you and I the chance to decide which nonprofit agency should win money through “Pop Up Giving.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters, LOGAN Center and Berrien RESA will compete for the donation pot at Haymarket Brewery in Bridgman next week in this unique opportunity.

The United Way team is inviting the public to attend their inaugural “Pop Up Giving” event on Thursday, October 18th, from 5-7 p.m. at the Haymarket Brewery & Taproom on Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman. Those who attend will vote to decide where funds are distributed: to Big Brothers Big Sisters, LOGAN Center, or Berrien RESA.

So what is “Pop Up Giving”?…And, How does it work?

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First and foremost, all proceeds from ticket sales are combined to create a “donation pot.”

Three local education-focused nonprofit agencies, all funded partners of United Way, will make their pitch to the audience on the impact the money could have on their project.

Everyone in attendance gets to vote on who gets the pot! (However, the other two will receive a consolation prize.)

AEP Cook Plant has already kicked in $1,000 to get the pot started. Brendan Kusisto, Nuclear Oversight Audit & Supplier Quality Supervisor at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant, says, “The staff here work, live and prosper in Southwest Michigan, and feel a deep sense of pride about their community. We at Cook are also innovators that love new ideas and challenges, especially when it comes to finding ways to support our neighbors. When the staff learned about the ‘Pop Up Giving’ concept, we knew that, with the help of our partners at the UWSM, we could pilot this type of event in our community, with local nonprofits that we are passionate about, to bring a fun, fresh, and innovative event to Michigan’s great Southwest.”

Tickets are $20 and include one free drink. Haymarket pizza will be provided. Tickets will be available until 100 spots are filled, or by Monday, October 15th. Fully 100-percent of the ticket sales will be donated to the winning non-profit organizations. Doors open at 5 pm and presentations begin at 5:30 pm.

It’s your chance to Have fun. Give back. Create Impact.

United Way of Southwest Michigan fights for the Health, Education and Financial Stability of every person in every community. They have the influence and relationships to make sustainable change a reality. By harnessing resources from corporate, nonprofit and public partners, they provide immediate assistance to the most vulnerable populations among us while addressing the root causes of the community’s longstanding challenges and changing lives for the better. To join the fight—through giving, advocacy and volunteering—visit