Be GREAT Gala raises $101,235!

September 15th, 2013

We're celebrating 75 years of serving youth in West Michigan, and in honor of this milestone, we held our fourth annual fundraiser focused on the great achievements of the organization's history and supporters. The BE GREAT Gala was at Thousand Oaks Golf Club (4100 Thousand Oaks Drive, Grand Rapids) from 6-9 p.m. on September 9, 2013

“Seventy-five years investing in youth development says something pretty special about the community in which we live,” said Executive Director Rick Huisman. “The BE GREAT Gala was a night where we celebrated our history, and the $101,235 we were able to raise thanks to our generous supporters will help us invest even more into the future of the Clubs and Camp O’Malley.”

The BE GREAT Gala included the first annual BE GREAT Awards, exciting live auction, delicious food, and live music. Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids had more than 250 supporters as well as prominent citizens and businesses in the Greater Grand Rapids Area in attendance.  

The BE GREAT Awards were presented to three recipients who have shown tremendous support of their mission. Peter Secchia received the Outstanding Leadership Award, the Grand Rapids Police Department received the Community Impact Award, and Amway received the Outstanding Business Award.

The night would have not been the same without the support of our numerous sponsors and a special matching gift from Candace & Bruce Matthews, with which we were able to raise $20,000 at the event to sponsor Club members and Campers.

Check out photos on Facebook or on our Website!

And of course...

“Special thanks to our incredible staff and volunteers for their support in making the BE GREAT event one of the best events in our history. We could not have done it without you!” – Rick Huisman, Executive Director

BE GREAT Staff & Volunteers (in no particular order): Kate Arnold Botma, Kathy Gates, Lynn Kotecki, Becky Reed, Janet Knaus, Lisa Hunter, Bruce Matthews, Barb Hanley, Derek Mason, Kelly Hassberger, Madelon Hassberger, Nan Swanson, Peaches McCahill, Ted Bingham, Sara Schneider, Ray Townsend, Nancy Schondelmayer, Erin Crison, Kevin Little, Zak Knaus, Chris Wilson, Jamie Prawdzik, Casey Stratton, Amanda Alters, Mario Leon, Suzan Guben, Dan Myers, Michael Harris, Sierra Demski, Joel Petroelje, Ryan Huizenga.


#1 Maureen Mead said:

Is that the Nan Swanson who taught at Catholic Central in the 80s? I've been trying to find her! Can you put me in contact with her?

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Local young artists from Boys & Girls Clubs shine in ArtPrize

September 12th, 2013

ArtPrize is here, and the newly remodeled Harris Building will host artwork from 45 registered ArtPrize entrie!  Audiences are invited to browse three floors of artwork, including pieces created by children who attend OUR CLUBS!

With the onset of ArtPrize, this is an excellent opportunity for Boys & Girls Club to showcase their blossoming Visual Arts program. Each BGC location has an Art Room that teaches drawing, painting, photography and more. The art programs are available each day afterschool for children ages 6-18, and the cost to be a Club Member is only $5 for the year. 

This will be the first time many of the Club members will experience the rush of having their artwork on public display, and alongside national artists at that. The artwork will be on display at the Harris Building throughout ArtPrize, along with an interactive piece that visitors will be able to manipulate over the course of the art competition.  

Come check it out!

Harris Building
111 S. Division Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


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