Raleigh J. Finkelstein grew up knowing that good things would come if he would just ‘stick to it’ through hard work and a firm commitment to his goals, his family, and his community. That thoughtful, consistent nature led him to share his success with Grand Valley State University students as the first and lead donor for the initial building in the university’s expanding health campus. The building will be named, Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall in his honor.
Born and raised on Grand Rapids’ east side, Raleigh’s financial and business acumen helped him grow MC Sporting Goods into the largest retail operation of its kind in the Midwest. Decades later, after selling the retail chain, he is still practicing his negotiating skills in real estate and other endeavors along with his initial and lifelong partners, his brothers Mort and Ed.
Raleigh is excited about the future of the city and the region where he grew up. “We have the finest health care here, not necessarily the biggest, but definitely the finest. Grand Valley plays an important part in that quality, and we need more of their talented graduates caring for our families.”
As the first to support the expanded health campus, Raleigh’s commitment will be the catalyst that will help the university better meet the growing health care needs of students and employers in our region and our state. We are grateful for his investment in our collective future. Now that’s a Laker Effect!
Additional Leadership Donors
The Brooks Family - Holland
Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation
Tom & Mickie Fox Family
Chris & Joan Panopoulos
Peter P. & Patricia Renucci
James & Almeda Vander Waals Foundation