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It's that Time of Year Again

It’s time to join your fellow Center for Community Leadership alumni and community leaders in recognizing and supporting current and future leaders.

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to a night of connection and celebration at the CCL Annual Fundraising event, a Summer Soirée, on Wednesday August 23rd at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. All proceeds, include those raised on this site, will benefit CCL scholarships.

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This is Your Chance

To invest in others and carry on your CCL program experiences through scholarship support. Pay it forward and invest in our future community leaders. Not only does this annual fundraising event make it possible for new leaders to grow and make connections through CCL programs, but it also assists in the development of new programs, designed to meet our community’s evolving leadership needs. Over $20,000 in scholarships are granted each year—thanks to generous donations!

New this year, alumni classes are being challenged to contribute directly to scholarships by paying it forward through a class competition. The most generous class will be recognized as THE BEST CLASS EVER! The class with the highest giving will hold the title for a year and will be thanked with a private movie showing at Celebration Cinema.

The Giving Continues

The CCL Fundraiser is also an opportunity to recognize community leaders who have fully leveraged their CCL experience to accomplish uncommonly great endeavours in our community. This year, three awards will be presented.

Distinguished Community Trustee Award
Recognizing the distinguished accomplishment of an individual in their work as a community trustee.
2017 winner:  Dr. Juan Olivarez

Uncommon Greatness Award
Recognizing the work of an organization to help create a community of uncommon greatness.
2017 winner:  Inner City Christian Federation

Create Great Collaboration Award
Recognizing an outstanding project that benefits our community and was accomplished through a group collaboration. 
2017 winner:  Plaza Roosevelt 
Collaboration Partners:  Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Dwelling Place, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, Ferris State University, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, and Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association

August 23

The 2017 CCL Annual Fundraiser Summer Soirée is Wednesday, August 23 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. All proceeds from the event and this fundraising site benefit CCL scholarships.