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Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids goes for an "All Out Blitz" with their 2nd Annual BE GREAT Gala

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The 2nd Annual BE GREAT Gala is here! See more about this event and the announcement of the 2014 BE GREAT Award recipients!

BE GREAT Gala & Awards

September 10, 2014
Goei Center
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Club members welcoming guests at 2013 BE GREAT Gala at Thousand Oaks Golf Club

Club members welcoming guests at 2013 BE GREAT Gala at Thousand Oaks Golf Club /Ted Bingham, Redpoint Photography

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth including Camp O’Malley is celebrating over 75 years of serving youth in West Michigan. In honor of this milestone and the close of their “Building Bridges for Brighter Futures” Capital Campaign, the organization is excited for this year’s annual fundraiser focused on the great achievements of its history and supporters. The 2nd Annual BE GREAT Gala: “An All Out Blitz for West Michigan Youth” will be held at the Goei Center on September 10, 2014 at 6:30pm.


“As our largest fundraiser of the year the BE GREAT Gala is extremely important to us,” said Executive Director Rick Huisman. “Not only is it a time where we can acknowledge some of our top supporters and friends and have a great time doing it, but we also get a chance to spread our message and show the positive impact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth is having on our community.”


The BE GREAT Gala includes the organization’s BE GREAT Awards, exciting live auction, delicious food, and live music.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids expects more than 300 supporters as well as prominent citizens and businesses in the Greater Grand Rapids Area in attendance.  


The BE GREAT Awards are a major part the evening and will honor three very special supporters. Recipients will be recognized and presented with their awards at the event. The 2014 BE GREAT Award winners are as follows:


BE GREAT Outstanding Leadership – Ron & Janet Knaus
BE GREAT Outstanding Business – Meijer
BE GREAT Community Impact – The City of Grand Rapids


Tickets are now on sale, and various sponsorship opportunities are available.


By participating in the BE GREAT Gala, you are supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids and its life changing programs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids understands that unleashing the potential of youth in our community will have a positive impact on the entire Grand Rapids community now and in the future. Their Clubs serve over 2,500 youth a year and over 90% of their youth fall below the poverty line.


Please contact Nicole Rodammer, Director of Development, at [email protected] or 616-233-9370 x 111 or visit to learn more.


About Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth: 

Our mission is to enhance the character of youth through recreation, education, and positive community experiences in partnership with the Grand Rapids Police Department. Our Vision is that every child, regardless of risk or need, may be provided with opportunities that allow him or her to compete and excel in all areas of life. Our three Clubs are open to boys and girls ages 6 to 18 in the Grand Rapids area and Camp O’Malley welcome youth throughout West Michigan.  Last year, over 90% of our Club members and Campers fell below the poverty line. Gifts help make it possible for them to enjoy all of our youth development programming at very little cost, which is $5 for Club membership and a sliding fee scale starting at $35 for Camp tuition. We encourage our youth to make new friends, try new things, make good choices, and learn new skills necessary to become successful later in life. Find out more at

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