Danton Cole, Antonio Smith headlining Sparty Gala

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Michigan State University legends Danton Cole and Antonio Smith are headlining the Livingston County Spartans 10th Annual Sparty Gala on Oct. 4, 2019, at Oak Pointe Country Club.

Danton Cole

Danton Cole was appointed head coach of the Michigan State hockey program on April 11, 2017. He was instrumental in MSU winning the 1986 NCAA National Championship.

A three-time CCHA All-Academic Team honoree, Cole received the 2013 Distinguished Spartan Award, hoisted the Stanley Cup, played 11 years professionally, guided USA Hockey Under-18 team to a pair of gold medals, and was named outstanding player of the 1991 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Antonio Smith

Antonio Smith, considered “The Godfather” of modern MSU basketball, was coach Tom Izzo’s first major recruit.

As leader of Flint Northern’s 1995 Class A state championship team, Smith was instrumental in recruiting fellow Flintstones Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson, and Charlie Bell, who helped lead MSU to the 2000 NCAA Men’s National Championship.

Smith was also a three-time MSU basketball captain and three-time All-Big Ten selection.

A cocktail reception and music begin at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. The evening also features a silent auction.Tickets are $65 per person and include a plated dinner.

All net proceeds from the event provide scholarships to MSU-bound Livingston County students. Livingston County Spartans provided 15 scholarships to this year’s incoming MSU class.

Tickets are available by clicking here. Tickets can also be purchased at the Livingston County Spartans website or by mailing a check to Jillian Yancho at 334 Daubony Dr., Brighton, MI 48114.  Make checks payable to Livingston County Spartans.

For questions or to request gluten-free or vegan dinners, contact Yancho at (810) 705-0011 or jillianyancho@gmail.com.

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