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Why the Green Gala is a Critical Fundraiser for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

You probably already know that the Green Gala is a blast. Even if you’ve never attended the event, chances are good you’ve heard about it. With food from local restaurants—this year’s menu features popular dishes from Donkey, What the Truck, The Winchester, and desserts from Sweet Tooth Bakery—drinks from Grand Rapids favorites like Brewery Vivant, Long Road Distillers, Farmhaus Cider, and Art of the Table, tunes from DJ AB, great company, and stellar views of the Grand River and Fish Ladder Park, it’s easy to understand why the Green Gala is so much fun. Yes, you probably know it’s a great party. But did you also know it’s a critical fundraiser for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks?

The Green Gala is many folks’ favorite party of the season. But it’s also so much more than just a great party. It’s a time when we at FGRP get our whole village together to celebrate the past year of accomplishments and look forward to all we hope to achieve together in the future. It’s also a time when we raise the financial support we need to make it all happen.

In the first 6 months of this year alone, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

  • planted 260 trees at 12 locations throughout Grand Rapids,
  • hosted 10 Citizen Forester classes,
  • 6 Parks Alive Leaders classes,
  • 1 BBQ & Beautify event,
  • 6 community presentations,
  • and held 9 park cleanups and maintenance events throughout the City.

Our work for 2016 doesn’t stop there. We’ll plant many more trees, facilitate additional park cleanups, and hold more classes, workshops, and engagement events between now and the end of the year. We’ll also dedicate time to plan strategically for the future; to update our goals and programs to ensure our work continues to have the biggest possible impact in the areas where it is needed the most within our City.

The funds raised from the Green Gala allow us to do all of this, and the more we raise, the more we can do. Last year, the Green Gala raised almost $30,000. This year, our goal is to raise $50,000, which would make 2016 the most successful Green Gala yet. We’re counting on you—our supporters, our volunteers, our village—to help us reach that goal.

If you haven’t already done so, please purchase a ticket. Or consider becoming a sponsor or donating a silent auction item. If you’ve already done one or more of those things, encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do so as well. Not only are you all guaranteed to have a blast, but you’ll also be making an important investment in your community through Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

Learn more about the Green Gala, purchase a ticket, or sign up to be a sponsor online here: www.green-gala.com.

We hope to see you there on August 25th!

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