GRandJazzFest seeks volunteers

Get the “backstage view” at the FREE fest!

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – June 24, 2014 – GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation seeks volunteers to help at the festival Aug. 16 and 17 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.

“Get your ‘backstage pass’ now to the excitement by becoming a GRandJazzFest volunteer,” Chairperson/Founder Audrey Sundstrom said. “It’s a great opportunity to get the inside view at our free, family friendly, live jazz festival!”

Three-hour shifts are available to assist in presenting this event to the community. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, bottled water and the opportunity to help put on this free public event in the community.

People interested in volunteering can go to to sign up.

More information on GRandJazzFest can be found at and at the festival’s Facebook and Twitter sites – and




About GRandJazzFest

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is a community event of the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization “GR and Jazz” founded in 2012, with the purpose of promoting and bringing awareness of jazz and related arts to new and diverse audiences through educational programs and community events. GRandJazzFest 2014 is a FREE weekend-long event that runs Saturday, Aug. 16, from noon until 10 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 17, from noon p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring jazz artists who are primarily Michigan-based. GRandJazzFest brings together notable jazz performers as well as highlights up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. GRandJazzFest is being held at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, where attendees can enjoy music, support local businesses and visit other Grand Rapids attractions. The festival is FREE. More information at

Grand Rapids and Muskegon to join Detroit, Traverse City

DETROIT – The DTE Energy Foundation announced today it will expand its support for its “Greening,” or recycling, programs to GRandJazzFest in Grand Rapids and Muskegon’s Lakeshore Art Festival.

The Foundation already supports recycling programs at the Detroit Jazz Festival and the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City.

“Our goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of these festivals by recycling plastic, aluminum cans, glass and other materials,” said Faye Nelson, DTE Energy vice president, Public Affairs, and Foundation president. “This effort is one of the many ways in which we partner with a number of environmental organizations and government agencies to preserve, protect and sustain our state’s natural resources.”

The Foundation will again partner with Kalamazoo-based Schupan & Sons, one of Michigan’s largest recycling firms, to expand the impact of the recycling program. Schupan started at the Detroit Jazz Festival last year, where the Foundation has supported the recycling program for six years. The firm this year will handle recycling efforts at the festivals in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

“It is a pleasure to partner with an environmentally responsible organization such as the DTE Energy Foundation,” said Marc Schupan, CEO of Schupan & Sons. “We applaud their increased recycling efforts and are excited to expand our part in those efforts. With the need to preserve our natural resources and decrease our carbon footprint, this is a win-win all around.”

At the Detroit Jazz Festival, Schupan this year also will include wastewater and cigarette butt recycling, as well as the recycling of organic matter from food vendors. During the last three years, nearly 10 tons of waste has been recycled. Schupan also will recycle organic material at the Lakeshore Art Festival.

About DTE Energy Foundation

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities.

For further information, members of the media may contact: Vanessa Waters or Scott Simons at (313) 235-5555

Downtown Holiday Inn

The Downtown Holiday Inn is offering a special rate if booked by July 15, 2014: $117 for a room with 2 double beds or $127 for a room with a king bed. Book by clicking this link (use booking code GJZ) – or call the hotel at 616.235.7611 and reference GRandJazzFest.

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