January 10, 2011

Fox 17's Emily Richett "131 Showdown" Emcee

Big Rapids, Mich. - Popular entertainment reporter Emily Richett of Grand Rapids' Fox 17 TV will serve as the emcee for the "131 Showdown", which is set for Saturday, Jan. 29, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

The Ferris State men's and women's basketball teams will square off against rival Grand Valley State in the event with a portion of the proceeds going to the Van Andel Institute as part of its "Community for a Cure" initiative. The women's game begins first at 6 p.m. (ET) with the men's tilt scheduled for an approximate time of 8 p.m. (ET).

Richett will handle all of the in-game promotions as well as other selected promotional activities. She is featured on the Fox 17 Morning News every week day from 6-9 a.m. and also has her own segment called "The Rundown" on Fox 17 News at six which features some of her celebrity interviews.

Richett will be joining Detroit Pistons' popular PA announcer, John Mason, who is better know as "Mason" for the event.

"We're very excited to have Mason and Emily Richett signed on for the 131 Showdown presented by Amway," said Doug Lipinski, Associate Athletic Director for Marketing at GVSU. "It will be great to have two well-known personalities in West Michigan to represent the rivalry between Grand Valley State and Ferris State."

Mason will be using his unique energetic style to announce the game while Richett will be the MC and be interacting with the crowd to bring a high-energy game environment.

More information along with tickets for the "131 Showdown" at Van Andel Arena can be obtained by visiting www.131showdown.com.  Fans can also call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Grand Valley State and Ferris State students can purchase student tickets with a student ID for $5.00 at either Grand Valley State or Ferris State. Courtside seats are also offered and must be purchased in pairs through the GVSU ticket office (616-331-3200).

Amway is one of the world's largest direct selling companies. Founded in 1959 and headquartered in Ada, Amway offers the opportunity for people to have a business of their own based on retailing beauty, nutritional, wellness and home products.

The Van Andel Institute has been extremely involved in the Community for a Cure Purple Games since the fall of 2009 and more than 30 college and high school sports teams have raised nearly $150,000 to support cancer research.

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