FSU Alumni To Hold "131 Showdown" Reception

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Alumni Association will hold a special pregame alumni reception prior to the "131 Showdown" between Ferris State and Grand Valley State this Saturday (Jan. 29) at Van Andel Arena.

The FSU Alumni Association invites all Ferris alums to attend and cheer on the Bulldogs before they take the floor against the archrival Lakers.  Plenty of free appetizers and beverages will be provided along with "I'm A Bulldog" tshirts courtesy of the Bulldog Athletic Association.

The pregame event will run from 5-8 p.m. (ET) and is free.  It will take place in the Van Andel Banquet Room located inside the downtown Grand Rapids facility.

"The Ferris State University Alumni Association is excited to help promote the 131 Showdown not only as a celebration of a storied rivalry, but also an exceptional effort of two campus communities and the City of Grand Rapids to further the awareness and resources of the Van Andel Research Institute," said FSU Director of Alumni Relations Jeremy Mishler.  "We are excited to welcome hundreds of our alumni and their families to both the game and our pregame reception.

"In addition, we are also looking forward to seeing the hundreds of youth students along with their families from many of the school and community groups throughout Grand Rapids at this great event," he added.

For additional information on the pregame alumni reception, please contact the FSU Alumni Office at (231) 591-2345 or email alumni_office@ferris.edu. More information is also availabe via the FSU Alumni website at this link below:

http://ferrisalumni.org/s/812/index.aspx?sid=812&gid=1&pgid=252&cid=1350&ecid=1350&crid=0&calpgid=310&calcid=1113

The "131 Showdown", which is presented by Amway, gets underway with the women's contest at 6 p.m. (ET) prior to the men's matchup with a share of first place on the line in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play starting at 8 p.m. (ET).

A portion of the proceeds from the "131 Showdown" will be donated to support cancer research at the Van Andel Institute as part of the Community for a Cure Purple Game. The color purple symbolizes cancer survivors.

Two popular personalities will also be on hand for the "131 Showdown" as the Detroit Pistons public address announcer "Mason" will be on the mic for both games with Fox 17 entertainment reporter Emily Richett serving as the emcee for the evening.

Tickets for the "131 Showdown" can be purchased by calling 1-(800)-745-3000 or by going online at Ticketmaster.com.

Visit www.131showdown.com for more information and to purchase tickets!

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