Nearly 300 Center for Community Leadership (CCL) alumni and supporters met to honor several outstanding Grand Rapids leaders at the Annual Fundraiser event on June 26, 2013 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The evening featured a strolling dinner, cash bar and live music.
Funds were raised to contribute to scholarships that enable many to participate in CCL's various community leadership and skill-building programs. Over the past three years, this event has raised over $50,000 in scholarship assistance.
Along with raising funds for scholarships, we also celebrated serval leaders. The celebration included accolades for:
Carol Paine McGovern (LGR '96), Director of Kent School Services Network was recognized as the 2013 Distinguished Community Trustee. The Distinguished Community Trustee award honors an individual for their leadership in serving for the betterment of our entire community.
Our Uncommon Greatness Award was presented to Celebration! Cinema. This award honors a company or organization that has initiated a program intended to help create a community of uncommon greatness.
Champion Awards - recognized exemplary leaders in one of the four CCL platforms: Leadership Skills, Community Connections, Diversity and Systems Thinking
Community Connections - Ben Wickstrom (LGR '10), Erhardt Construction
Diversity - Carlos Sanchez (LGR '02, LA '10), Ferris State University
Leadership Skills - Mursalata Muhammad (LGR '08), Grand Rapids Community College
Systems Thinking - Mary Buikema (LGR '12), Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Congratulations to the 2013 Award Recipients!
If you were unable to attend the event but would like to donate, please contact Kim McLaughlin at 616.771.0317.