Gilda’s Club Signature Event

On Thursday, March 12, our team was in the exciting and final stages of preparing for an evening of mission, fundraising, community, and laughter with some of our closest supporters and new friends of Gilda’s Club! On the morning of Friday, October 2, we were in the position of making the difficult decision to cancel a much-anticipated evening with Jeff Foxworthy.  Who would have known that six months later we’d collectively still be navigating this challenging environment?

We have been working creatively with our team, board, vendors and Mr. Foxworthy to find a way to enable this October event to happen while achieving the intended goal of raising awareness and critical funds for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ free cancer and grief emotional health support program. After exploring many options, and, considering our current COVID environment and Michigan Department of Health and Human Service’s Emergency Order regarding indoor gatherings, we regret to share that we are making the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Signature Event featuring Jeff Foxworthy.

Our namesake, Gilda Radner once said, “Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” As a non-profit organization relying 100% on charitable gifts and large fundraising events such as this one, and given today’s economic environment, we know the year ahead will be challenging. We may not know what is going to happen next, but we do know this: Gilda’s Club remains committed to serving individuals and families with our mission of emotional health support for those on a cancer or grief journey. Cancer and grief do not take a break, even during COVID.

We are seriously thankful to the event sponsors, table hosts and individual guests who have generously donated their original event sponsorship back to Gilda’s Club to ensure the continuation of our mission!

 

2020 ENTERTAINMENT & DINNER SPONSOR

HIGH FIVE MATCH SPONSORS

 

Peter C & Emajean Cook Foundation   


2020 CONTRIBUTOR SPONSOR

 

Edward Jones

 


2020 SIGNATURE EVENT DONOR TABLE HOSTS

 

          D + M Metal Products

David Morgenstern       Dawn & Richard Anotonini      

Dr. Sara and Bruce Uekert     Janet & Mark Nisbett

Reagan Marketing + Design       Steelcase      


2020 SIGNATURE EVENT FRIEND TABLE HOSTS

 

Anonymous      BDO USA, LLP      Cascade Engineering

Citizens Commercial Bank      Consumer’s Credit Union      Eenhoorn LLC     

Founders Brewing Company      Gerald R. Ford International Airport*     

Grand Valley State University     Kent Companies, Inc.     

Marilyn Titche      Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health      Michelle & Kevin Bassett

Midwest Lumber      Remembering Eric – Fight Childhood Cancer

SoundOff Signal*   The Kloostra Family Foundation     

 The Sawyer Group – Robert W. Baird & Co      Varnum, LLP*      Wells Fargo

 


2020 DINNER & SHOW DONORS

Aaron James & Al Mracna     Bethann Talsma      Bissell Inc.      Boar’s Head

Bob Miller      Cameron Young     Christina Fleeman & Steven Boersma

DeCour Family      Janice Palczewski      Jean Tingley      Joel & Susan Wolfe

King Milling Co/Brian Doyle      Leslee & Bill Hardebeck      Lisa & Paul Philips

Paula R. Tibbe & Todd Osbeck      Sue & Dave Maas

Susan & Philip Eversden     Valerie Jordan      Xuesi Li & Jeff Gurney

 


ADDITIONAL DONATIONS PROVIDED BY

13 On Your Side      CS Tool Engineering, Inc.      Experience Grand Rapids

Fence Consultants      HealthBridge Financial

Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge      Townsquare Media      Kris & Brian Nylaan

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF  GILDA’S CLUB DIRECTLY FROM OUR MEMBERS

Despite not being able to gather, we wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to hear firsthand from our members about how Gilda’s Club is truly changing lives. We’re sorry to share that since filming the video, one of the members David, has died of his cancer diagnosis.  

*Sponsoring Multiple Tables