Rising Stars Recap

June 10th, 2016

On May 26th, Club members from all three Club locations gathered at Steil Club to celebrate our 4th annual Rising Stars ceremony. This event recognizes and uplifts our 5th graders transitioning into middle school, 8th graders transitioning to high school, and our graduating seniors. 

The evening began with a spectacular spread of food prepared by our fantastic Club and Camp kitchen staff, Bob Gumbert and Linda Reed. Our 2015 and 2016 Youths of the Year Chelsea Flemings and Ana Sosa took the stage as our Emcees and set the joyful tone for the evening from their first words. Members and their families enjoyed a keynote speech by Chana Edmonds-Verley from the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation in which she stressed the importance of believing in yourself and reaching for your dreams.

Certificates were presented to all our Rising Stars as their names were called from the podium by our Club Directors. Program Awards were announced and presented to high-performing members from each area of the Clubs including the games rooms, gyms, art rooms, performing arts and teen spaces.

We also announced and celebrated our Volunteer of the Year, Beth Wierenga, and Volunteer Group of the Year, Sherwin Williams.

We couldn’t have had a better time championing our transitioning members as the school year came to a close! And a huge thank you goes out to MassMutual of Mid-Michigan who sponsored the event!

"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with a program that makes such a significant impact on the families and communities it serves," said Mark A. Keating CLU, CLTC
President/CEO of MassMutual of Mid-Michigan. "The Rising Stars Ceremony is reflective of the values we share in recognizing the achievements for these extraordinary students as they transition into the next stage of their journey."



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