Crystal Awards

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. View past recipients (1998-2017)

2020 Crystal Awards Reception

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2020 Crystal Awards! The 2020 Crystal Awards reception will take place on Thursday, April 16 at 5 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. In addition to the program honoring the 2020 Crystal Awards recipients, there will be hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and live music by the Jordyn Davis Trio. The event is free and open to the community. 

Nominate an Unsung East Lansing Hero for a 2021 Crystal Award

It's never too early to submit a Crystal Award nomination! The nomination period for the 2020 Crystal Awards is now closed, but the City is accepting early submissions for the 2021 Crystal Awards. Community members are encouraged to think of the unsung heroes of East Lansing and consider submitting a nomination for an individual, business, nonprofit or community group they think should be recognized! Nominations can be submitted via the



Selection Criteria

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