CCL Annual Fundraiser

Annual Fundraiser - Center for Community Leadership

Nearly 300 Center for Community Leadership (CCL) alumni and supporters meet each year at the Annual Fundraiser to celebrate accomplishments of uncommon greatness and connect with other alumni and leaders.

We were proud to recognize Jim Williams (LGR ’93), owner and CEO of Williams Distributing, as our 2014 CCL Distinguished Community Trustee.

Along with Jim, we also honored Ferris State University with the Uncommon Greatness Award and the following four Champion Awards:

CCL Distinguished Community Trustee – Jim Williams (LGR ’93), Williams Distributing
Community Connections Champion – Jennifer Crowley (LGR ’09), The Highland Group
Diversity Champion – Christine Arnold (LGR ’05), Grand Rapids Community College
Leadership Skill Champion – Michelle Rabideau (LGR ’02), Mercy Health Saint Mary’s
Systems Thinking Champion – Lynee Wells (LGR ’12), Williams & Works

In addition to honoring several outstanding Grand Rapids leaders, the Center for Community Leadership Annual Fundraiser directly benefits the scholarships that enable many to participate in CCL’s various community leadership and skill-building programs. Over $20,000 in scholarships were granted in 2013.

The Annual Fundraiser is a fun and dynamic event that allows you to meet some of the area’s most dynamic current and emerging leaders. Help us recognize some of our city’s most passionate movers and shakers, and enjoy learning more about how the Center for Community Leadership is working in the community.

If you were unable to attend the event but would like to donate to support our leadership programs, please contact Kim McLaughlin for more information.

Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors

Premier Underwriter




 Mike & Sue Jandernoa



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Mercy Health

RoMan Manufacturing

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

Spectrum Health



Adamy Valuation Advisors


Aquinas College

Calvin College

Crowe Horwath

Erhardt Construction

Founders Bank & Trust

Grand Rapids Community College

Metro Health

Porter Hills Retirement Communities

Progressive AE


Universal Forest Products, Inc

Varnum LLP

Williams Kitchen & Bath

Connect your business or organization with the community leaders building uncommon greatness with sponsorship opportunities. Contact Kim McLaughlin at or 616.771.0317 for details.