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My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Knock back a beer and help knock out cancer this month with “Hops for Hope.”

 

During September, several West Michigan breweries will be donating $1 from each “purple beer” purchase to Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community.  Proceeds from sales of Hops for Hope growlers and refills will also go to the cause.

 

“It’s good to give back to the community,” Bob Bonga, owner of the family-owned and operated Jaden James Brewery in Kentwood. “It’s wonderful that VAI is in Grand Rapids, and 100% of what we raise goes to research.”

 

AIA GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES STAIR WEEK ON SEPTEMBER 10

AIA GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES STAIR WEEK ON SEPTEMBER 10

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Grand Rapids will celebrate Stair Week 2014 with a leadership breakfast. Stair Week, scheduled for Sept. 8-14, will highlight the health, design, and environmental benefits of taking the stairs. AIA Grand Rapids members and community leaders will gather on Wednesday, Sept.

Kris Spaulding helps Brewery Vivant find a new way of making merry

Kris Spaulding helps Brewery Vivant find a new way of making merry

By Matthew Russell
This article originally appeared in Rapid Growth

It’s not just the regular releases of always-popular beer that Brewery Vivant is now celebrated for, but a renewed commitment to its three tenets—people, profit, and planet—as bolstered by a recent B Corp certification.

My Town: Grand Valley State University among top in the nation

My Town: Grand Valley State University among top in the nation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)—Grand Rapids is home to one of the Best Master’s Universities, according to Washington Monthly.

The publication recently ranked Grand Valley State University No. 30 in the nation in that category, based on its contribution to the public good.  GVSU ranked No. 32 in the same category last year.  The school took the top spot in the nation in the community service subcategory and 11th in the financial aid support, courses and service staff subcategory.

The rankings are based on civic engagement, research and social mobility.  For the full report, visit the Washington Monthly’s website here.

My Town: Grand Rapids to host Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally Sept. 20

My Town: Grand Rapids to host Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally Sept. 20

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –Grand Rapids will host the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally XIV in collaboration with Recovery Palooza, to increase statewide public awareness about alcoholism and other drug addictions.

The walk will take place in Ah-Nab-Awen Park in September, which is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. More than 2,500 people are expected to attend this year’s walk and rally, since it combines two events. Individuals in recovery, their family members and friends, addiction treatment and prevention professionals and many more who support recovery and healthy communities are invited to participate in the day’s activities.

Where: Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 303 Pearl St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

When: Saturday, Sept. 20; walk begins at 11:30 a.m. and program begins at 12 p.m.

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

By Melinda Clynes
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

Thriving cities benefit from a mix of for-profit and nonprofit leadership, and Rapid Growth is taking a look at some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector.

My Town GR Central: Robin Williams film tribute Aug. 26 to benefit mental health programs

My Town GR Central: Robin Williams film tribute Aug. 26 to benefit mental health programs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Community members are encouraged to pay tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams with a special film benefit Aug. 26.

At 8 p.m., the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts will hold a memorial screening of “What Dreams May Come,” which starred Williams as a man who dies in a car crash, then searches the afterlife for his wife.  Proceeds from the event will go to a local mental health agency, raising awareness and support for others struggling with mental health issues like Williams was.

Williams was found dead in his home Aug. 11 from apparent suicide.  His wife says the 63-year-old was battling depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.