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Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative to Serve as Title Sponsor of Ferris Foundation Benefit

Wolverine Power Marketing CooperativeWolverine Power Marketing Cooperative (WPMC) has teamed with Ferris State University to serve as title sponsor of the 15th annual Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit on Friday, Nov. 1 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. The event showcases the university's commitment to creating opportunities for its students.

"Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative is proud to serve as title sponsor of this year's Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit," said Kim Molitor, president and CEO of WPMC. "The cooperative has enjoyed an outstanding 10-year partnership with Ferris, serving as the university's power supplier. We are pleased to support Ferris students and faculty through this event."

WPMC was organized in 2000 and today serves 19 members, all leaders in their respective areas of business and education. Ferris, a member since 2003, is one of five universities in Michigan that purchase electricity from WPMC.

"The Ferris Foundation is proud to be partnering with Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative," said Carla Miller, the foundation's executive director and associate vice president for Special and Leadership Gifts. "WPMC's title sponsorship is a true testament of its dedication to Ferris State University and interest in supporting student scholarships and faculty and staff grants. It's a win-win for everyone."

The benefit will feature a keynote address by Emmy Award-winning news correspondent John Quiñones, host of ABC's popular TV series "What Would You Do?" and co-anchor of the network's "Primetime" news magazine.

The benefit supports The Ferris Foundation for Excellence Scholarship Program and Exceptional Merit Grant awards for faculty and staff. "Given the Opportunity, 'What Would You Do?'" is the theme of the 2013 event, which will highlight student scholarship winners and merit grant recipients whose work has significant educational and outreach potential.

The black-tie-optional event will begin with cocktails and a VIP reception for sponsors with Quiñones at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the program at 8 p.m.

WPMC, headquartered in Cadillac, is an Alternative Electric Supplier licensed by the Michigan Public Service Commission to participate in the state's electric choice market. WPMC, one of a few suppliers active in both the Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison service areas, is owned and operated by its members, differentiating it from all other Alternative Electric Suppliers in the state.

The Foundation is in its 15th year of providing scholarship assistance to many students who might not otherwise have access to a Ferris education in addition to providing financial support for faculty study, exploration and service.