Nov. 14 2012 12:00 AM

Schuler hosts novel fundraiser for Haven House tonight


Spartan football fans won’t have to crash the tailgate party tonight at Schuler Books in the Eastwood Towne Center — everyone’s invited. The store will feature sample recipes from the third edition of “Tailgating on the Banks of the Red Cedar” cookbook, with proceeds going to East Lansing’s Haven House. More than 15 recipe contributors are bringing samples of their dishes for tastings.

“Tailgating on the Banks of the Red Cedar” has some advantages over its predecessors: it’s in full color, has more recipes (including international dishes) and is 50 pages longer than previous editions. The cookbooks sales help Haven House, a non-profit celebrating its 30th year of providing emergency shelter for homeless families. Haven House receives up to 20 percent of its annual budget from the fundraiser, according to executive director Angie Mayeaux.

“It’s huge for us,” she said.

Mayeaux said the money is used to supplement services and pay for security deposits and first-month rent for families. Approximately 500 adults and children are housed each year.

Carol Brownell, a Haven House board member who volunteers for the project, said the vast majority of this year’s content was gathered from tailgaters at the first two games of the season, when volunteers circulated among them asking for recipes and to have them tell their stories.

“It’s amazing to me that people are so willing to help us,” Brownell said. “After all, we are crashing their parties.” 

Those attending the “Tailgating on the Banks of the Red Cedar” release party are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Greater Lansing Food Bank to taste the samples.

 In addition, three other MSU alumni authors will be on hand to discuss and sell their book: “The Tradition Continues: Spartan Football,” by Constantine S. Demos & Stephen S. Demos, a 624-page book (with nearly 2,000 illustrations) covering 124 years of football highlights; “The Spartan Life,” by Scott Westerman, is a collection of MSU-inspired observations; and “Arrogance and Scheming in the Big 10,” by Dr. David J. Young, is an intriguing look at MSU’s controversial entrance into the Big Nine in 1950. 

Brownell said that Haven House appreciates the involvement of the MSU Alumni Association and its director, Scott Westerman, who wrote the foreword to this year’s cookbook. Mayeaux, who became director six years ago, said she is impressed with the community’s willingness to support homeless families.

“We’re always full,” she said describing the occupancy at the shelter, which has seven bedrooms and 28 beds.

The new cookbook will be available at Schuler Books and other area bookstores, online from Haven as well as at the Breslin Center and MSU Stadium.

Mayeaux said, in addition to valuable funding, the tailgate cookbook has been important in putting a public face on the shelter.

“People know who we are now and nothing helped us as much as the cookbook,” she said.

Haven House MSU Tailgate Party
Nov. 14
Schuler Books & Music
2820 Towne Center Blvd.