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)

Nominate an Unsung East Lansing Hero for a 2020 Crystal Award

The City of East Lansing is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 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 through February 14, 2020 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.

Crystal Awards Reception

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. The event is free and open to the community.