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
Due to the local State of Emergency and City of East Lansing office closures that are in place through April 30, 2020; the 2020 Crystal Awards reception has been postponed. The event is now tentatively scheduled to take place on July 29, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.
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
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.