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 HIGH FIVE MATCH SPONSORS
2020 CONTRIBUTOR SPONSOR
2020 SIGNATURE EVENT DONOR TABLE HOSTS
David Morgenstern Dr. Sara and Bruce Uekert
2020 SIGNATURE EVENT FRIEND TABLE HOSTS
BDO USA, LLP Citizens Commercial Bank Consumer’s Credit Union
Dawn & Richard Anotonini Eenhoorn LLC Founders Brewing Company
Grand Valley State University Metro Health – University of Michigan Health
Janet & Mark Nisbett Kent Companies, Inc. Michelle & Kevin Bassett
Midwest Lumber Remembering Eric – Fight Childhood Cancer
The Sawyer Group – Robert W. Baird & Co SoundOff Signal*
The Kloostra Family Foundation Wells Fargo
2020 DINNER & SHOW DONORS
Aaron James & Al Mracna Bissell Inc. Boar’s Head
Bob Miller Cameron YoungChristina Fleeman & Steven Boersma
Greenleaf Landscaping Janice Palczewski Jean Tingley
King Milling Co/Brian Doyle Leslee & Bill Hardebeck Lisa & Paul Philips
Marilyn Titche Paula R. Tibbe & Todd Osbeck Sue & Dave Maas
Susan & Philip Eversden Valerie Jordan
ADDITIONAL DONATIONS PROVIDED BY
CS Tool Engineering, Inc. HealthBridge Financial
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.