WinterWest – A thank you to our sponsors

On January 20th in Richmond Park, Friends hosted its WinterWest event to show just how fun outdoor parks can be in the cold, snowy weather. We had a blast with everyone who came out to join us, and hope everyone had just as much fun as we did. This event would not have been the success it was without the fantastic support provided by all of our sponsors.  Because of this, we wanted to take the time to let everyone know who these sponsors are and what they do for our community.

West Grand Neighborhood Organization (WGNO) is a nonprofit and the second-largest neighborhood organization in Grand Rapids. WGNO provides a space where all voices can come together in solidarity to address the needs of the neighborhood. Richmond Park, the location for the event resides in their neighborhood. If you would like out find out more their website is http://westgrand.org/

OST (Open System Technologies), a software development company that started in Grand Rapids. OST works to create operating systems for companies based on their needs. With a seat on the Board of Directors here at Friends, OST has been a long time partner and sponsor of our organization. To find out more, explore their website https://www.ostusa.com/

The Geek Group National Science Institute educates and provides direct access to science and technology. They work with people on individual timelines to help each individual fulfill their needs and achieve success. For WinterWest they’ve provided the cardboard needed for our sled races. For more information check out their website at https://thegeekgroup.org/

The Griffins are Grand Rapids’ own professional hockey team. They play right in downtown Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena, are the affiliate to the Detroit Red Wings, and were the 2013 and 2017 Calder Cup Champions. With an emphasis on cold weather activities, for WinterWest they provided prizes. If you’d like to find out more, visit their website at http://www.griffinshockey.com/

City of Grand Rapids Parks and Rec Department. They provide access to recreation programs year round throughout Grand Rapids for people of all ages. These activities include both indoor and outdoor locations, and a schedule can be found of the Parks and Rec website. The department also schedules the use of the various athletic fields and shelters in parks throughout the city. A part of the planning committee, they are a partner of Friends for many community engagement opportunities. Their website is http://grcity.us/parks/Pages/parks-recreation-forestry.aspx

Kent County Health Connect is a community based group that take “Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH).” They aim to improve health for people living in Grand Rapids Hope Zones by creating community partnerships in Kent County. Friends received one of their REACH grants and works with them on events that promote healthy living and tobacco free parks. You can learn more at http://www.kentcountyhealthconnect.org/en-us/

Boxed Water is a company that aims to provide water in a more sustainable way by decreasing the amount of plastic water bottles used. Boxed Water is a long term partner of Friends and gave water for the WinterWest event. Their website is https://boxedwaterisbetter.com/

Central District Cyclery provides work on all types of bikes, including tune-ups, repairs, and service on suspension forks and shocks. For WinterWest they are providing the fat tire bikes for people to ride the trails. You can learn more about them at http://www.centraldistrictcyclery.com/

Eddie Bauer often provides prizes for Friends events throughout the year, including our WinterWest event. Their website is http://www.eddiebauer.com/

Brann’s Steakhouse started in Grand Rapids and believes in supporting the west side of the city and its businesses. Their website is https://www.branns.com/

Mind Scape is a digital marketing company that helps design, build, and market websites for companies based on their needs. Learn more at https://www.wearemindscape.com/



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