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Michael McFarlen Volunteer of the Year Finalist

(Battle Creek, MI.) July 7, 2015- Chef Michael McFarlen, Executive Chef at FireKeepers Casino Hotel, has been recognized as one of the top five finalists for Volunteer of the Year by the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC). The MCSC has been the state’s leading agency in volunteerism since its inception in 1991. The MCSC is made up of 26 commissioners, including Governor Rick Snyder.

Chef McFarlen first began volunteering in the Southwest Michigan area after relocating to Marshall/Battle Creek in early 2009.  Chef McFarlen participates in a wide variety of events and organizations to help feed children, first responders, and the hungry. These charities and organizations include, The Boys and Girls Club of Kalamazoo, S.A.F.E Place Shelter, March of Dimes, the Red Cross of Battle Creek, Salvation Army, Pennfield Elementary School and many other organizations throughout Southwest Michigan.

“Being in the foodservice industry it is evident how many people go without eating due to economic situations, especially in Michigan’s economy,” states Chef McFarlen. “Working for a company like FireKeepers Casino Hotel has given me the time and opportunities to pursue a long time passion for giving back.  Battle Creek, Marshall and Kalamazoo have some amazing foundations and organizations that need help with not only time donation but mentoring and product assistance.”

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, Mich. The property features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers also offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center capable of seating up to 2,000 guests, six distinctive dining destinations and multiple lounges and entertainment venues. For more information visit http://www.FireKeepersCasinoHotel.com.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.