Crystal Awards

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Familiar Faces.... Making a Difference


The Crystal Awards, hosted annually by the East Lansing City Council, honor individuals, businesses, professionals, nonprofits and community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to community life in East Lansing. Crystal Award recipients are dedicated to enhancing the East Lansing community. They demonstrate a passion for and commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant community and serve as an inspiration to others.
View past recipients (1998-2014)

Nominate an Unsung Hero for a 2017 Crystal Award


Nominations for the 2017 Crystal Awards will be accepted through February 17, 2017. Community members are encouraged to review the selection criteria and submit an ONLINE Nomination Form.

A PAPER Nomination Form (PDF) can also be printed and mailed or can be picked up at East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road; the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road; and the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road. To request that a nomination form be mailed to you, please contact Heather Surface at (517) 319-6888 or by email.  

Selection Criteria


All nominations are reviewed by a community selection committee and four recipients will be selected. Recipients are dedicated to enhancing the East Lansing community. They demonstrate a passion and commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant community and serve as an inspiration to others. View Selection Criteria.

Community Reception


The selected 2017 Crystal Awards recipients will be honored at a special community reception on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. In addition to the program, the reception will feature hors d'oeuvres and live music. All community members are invited to attend.