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Location Donates Coffee as Baristas Participate, Collect Donations for ACS


LANSING, MI, May 3, 2011 – Baristas from BIGGBY COFFEE’s Elmwood Rd. location in Lansing are stepping out from behind the counter to serve up BIGGBY COFFEE to the hundreds expected at this weekend’s American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life. This year’s two-day event will take place at Great Lake Christian College in Lansing beginning Friday, May 6th.


Seven baristas from the location including store manager and Relay for Life Team Leader, Emily Cooper, will be participating in the event and serving up both BIGGBY brewed coffee and the ever-popular Cocoa Carmellas to anyone in attendance on a donation-only basis. All funds generated will then be donated back to the American Cancer Society.


Cooper, who aims to take part in at least two different Relay for Life events each year, said this year she wanted to make a greater impact and had the idea of involving the BIGGBY COFFEE Elmwood Rd. team where she has worked for more than two years.


“Personally, I have had family members lose their battle with cancer so it means a lot to me to be able to get out there and do something in their memory,” Cooper said. “Anything I can do to help others prevail in their battle, I’m more than willing.”


Not only can participants at the event enjoy BIGGBY COFFEE, the famous “napkin doodler,” Dennis Preston, will also be in attendance donating his artistic ability and sketching portraits of those at the event. All donations collected from his artwork will also be donated back to the American Cancer Society as well.


“Between the donations we receive as a team, the beverage donations and Dennis’ art work, we hope to raise at least $1,000 for the ACS,” Cooper said. “We have received great support so far and I hope this is only the beginning.”




East Lansing, Mich.-based BIGGBY® COFFEE opened a single store in March of 1995 based on the founding principle that coffee-lovers and the coffee-curious alike would benefit from a less pretentious approach to the standard gourmet café paradigm. BIGGBY COFFEE introduced connoisseur-worthy drinks with pronounceable names like Teddy Bear and Caramel Marvel, and barista staff surprised guests with simple gestures like free kazoos and bouncy balls for no other reason than to brighten their day. The “Big ‘B’” on the orange background caught on, and today BIGGBY COFFEE has 130 cafes open or under contract across six states including: Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Texas.  For more information, visit