The Tailgate 2020

Fundraising Competition Between MSU/U of M Fans to Benefit VINA Dental

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About The Tailgate

VINA Community Dental Center annually hosts The Tailgate for the Michigan State vs Michigan football game. Traditionally, the event is a competition between Michigan and Michigan State fans to raise the most money for VINA Dental.

In response to COVID-19, we are converting our signature event to be online. The event will still be a competition between Michigan and Michigan State fans to raise the most money for VINA Dental. The competition will kickoff on October 8th and continue through the rest of the month. There will be online auction items added to the website as the competition progresses, Team Scrambles (short fundraising periods of time with the team ahead at the end having a highlight shared to social media and websites), LIVE videos, and more!

This year's unique Tailgate requires only the best Team Captains for each side. 

Longtime Michigan fan, local banker, and Stadium Security Coordinator, Bill Anderson will wear the “C” for the Wolverines, while MSU Class of ’64 alum and publisher of The Marketeer George Moses will captain the MSU team.

If you would like to become a sponsor, you can do so with the Sponsorship Sheet or by clicking on the Buy Tickets tab. If you have any questions regarding sponsorships, contact Executive Director Jim Gilmore (

About VINA

VINA Dental's mission is to provide quality dental care to uninsured, low-income residents of Livingston County.

VINA Community Dental Center is a non-profit outreach facility that was established by local dental professionals in 2008. VINA, which stands for Vision, Integrity, Need, Action, serves as a “dental home” to over 2,000 people in our community. Many of the patients seen at VINA have not had dental care in many years, have suffered repeated infections, and/or have had to deal with the incredible pain of a toothache because they cannot afford the cost of routine dental care. Many patients require multiple extractions (sometimes losing all their teeth) or have cavities in nearly every tooth.

VINA is supported through fundraising events, contributions from the community and limited local grants; this covers 85% of the cost of operating the clinic. These generous donations help VINA provide services to those in need. Thank you so much for your support!

Current Sponsors

VINA has been able to operate without pausing for the last 12 years thanks to the generosity of our donors, local foundations, and our Event Sponsors.

Please consider a generous sponsorship to help your neighbors get the dental services they need to maintain good oral health. To become a sponsor you can print and fill out this form, or purchase a sponsorship online

Thank you to all of our current sponsors for adding smiles to the community!

Bob Knight

Brighton Masonic Lodge #247

Chris Gallup

Donald and Sandra LaTurno

Halsted Investments

Jim and Peggy Anthony

Dr. Anne and Rick Bibik

Susan Rafferty

J.D. and Dr. Colleen Concepcion

Team Tallies

MSU: $ 1,600

U of M: $ 250

Neutral: $-

Updated: 9/17/2020

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