John Kersten

Century 21 Town & Country
Utica, Mich.

For 23 years, Kersten has volunteered his time and talent raising funds for Easter Seals Michigan. He started out organizing rubber duck races but quickly found a way to maximize fundraising by utilizing his business and marketing skills. Today he runs five annual car and cash raffles, which net more than $1 million a year. The $15 million he has raised over the years supports children and adults with disabilities, including the Miracle League baseball team for children with disabilities, and the Agrability program, which serves farmers with injuries, illnesses, or aging conditions.

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