PO BOX 3199
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49501
The Green Gala is Friends of Grand Rapids Parks' signature annual fundraiser, where we get together to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and look forward to all we hope to achieve in the future! Parks have been one of the only safe spaces in our community during the COVID outbreak this year. Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is celebrating these vibrant green spaces that have provided respite, health, and wellness during times of need as well as everyday.
Our 9th annual event on Aug. 13, 2020, will have a COVID-friendly format - Green Gala: Picnic Edition! We hope you will join us and other friends for a community picnic of sorts, to be enjoyed either at Ah-Nab-Awen Park or virtually in your own backyard.
You are a crucial member of our village and, as such, your financial support is critical to helping us continue our work. We respectfully invite you to sponsor the 9th Annual Green Gala event. Your contribution represents your commitment to our city’s neighborhood parks and urban forest. Please don’t wait — we need your support today!
As an independent, citizen-driven nonprofit organization, our initiatives to mobilize thousands of volunteers annually, increase awareness through innovative programs and events, and raise funds and resources for parks, urban forestry, and public spaces would not be possible without the steadfast and enthusiastic support of the private sector, community partners, and caring friends like you.
Please review the enclosed materials and join us in our mission to empower people to cultivate vibrant parks, green spaces, and trees in our community by signing on as as sponsor. You may submit your sponsorship selection online at friendsofgrparks.org, or by returning the attached form.
Grab a picnic blanket or camp chair and join us for an evening in the park, social distancing-style, while you wave to friends, enjoy live music and a feast on a fun picnic along the river at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. We look forward to seeing you!
As an independent, citizen-driven nonprofit, our work would not be possible without the support of caring friends like you.
GREEN GALA HELPS ACHIEVE OUR GOALS
The Green Gala is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser advancing the work of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to protect, enhance, and expand our city’s parks, public spaces, and urban forest. It helps achieve our key goals:
Create volunteer and stewardship opportunities for all
Increase and protect our city’s tree canopy
Increase philanthropy and advocacy for parks, trees, and green spaces
AUG. 13, 2020
mission & vision
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks' mission is to empower people to cultivate vibrant parks, green spaces, and trees in our community. We envision thriving parks and sustainable urban forest that actively support our community's economic, environmental, and cultural health.
a picnic gathering in the park, for the parks
On Aug. 13, 2020, we'll host our 9th annual Green Gala: Picnic Edition! Specially curated picnic baskets with local fare can be enjoyed with live music at Ah-Nab-Awen Park or virtually in your own backyard. Together, we'll celebrate recent successes and raise funds for future projects.
Volunteering: In 2019, Friends enabled over 1,000 volunteers to complete over 2,500 volunteer hours in our city.
Activation: Friends activates 76 city parks through activities like cleanup projects, movies in the park events, tree plantings, and tiny library builds.
Fundraising: Friends raises funds for special projects that go above and beyond millage dollars.
A shared love for our city's amazing park resources
Specially curated picnic dinner box for two adults with Boxed Water and choice of two additional beverages.
Our host for the night is Adrian Butler, Grand Rapids DJ, entrepreneur, and great friend of Friends. We'll enjoy music from an eclectic mix of local artists throughout the night, with A.B.'s awesome playlists in between.
Though mingling might look different these days, we look forward to the opportunity to gather with like-minded neighbors who activate, steward, and advocate for our city's parks, trees and green spaces. You'll hear about Friends' work this past year and what we see for the future!
Ah-Nab-Awen Park is beautifully situated along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. The riverfront overlook, sweeping hill and stage make it the perfect location for a peaceful picnic in the park with family and friends.
live local music & entertainment
$110 picnic box for two
$20 KIDS' PICNIC BOX ADD-ON
picturesque river-side setting
A kid-friendly, kid-sized menu can be added on to an adult picnic box! Will include one soda.
Friends is working with local chefs and artisans to curate unique picnic baskets for our guests to enjoy. Each basket will have everything needed for a picnic for two; and we'll have an option for a kids' box add-on!
Local beverage selections will include Proper Beverage Soda, Farmhaus Cider Co., Brewery Vivant, and Boxed Water.
specially curated picnic baskets with local fare
Feature spotlight to email list
2020 sponsor benefits
Logo on yard sign at basket pick-up
Logo & link on Friends' website
Post mention on Friends' Facebook
Inclusion in event Welcome Card
nature path sponsor
logo & profile
On-stage mention during event program
Swag item inside picnic basket
No. of Picnic Boxes (for two people)
Questions? Contact Stephanie Adams
email@example.com or 616-288-7209
enclosed is my check, made payable to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
please charge my: visa | mastercard | discover | amex (circle one)
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please send an invoice to (email) ____________________________________________________________________
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
PO BOX 3199
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49501
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+ $110 Pay-It-Forward Basket
I would like to purchase a basket to allow Friends' community partners to attend at no charge
level of support
My total donation:
nature path Sponsor