Celebrate rehabilitation and ‘Thrive’ at Mary Free Bed gala

The Mary Free Bed Foundation will host “Thrive, A Rehabilitation Celebration” on Nov. 2 at DeVos Place. The sixth annual gala will raise funds to help restore as much independence as possible to patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability among adults and children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Survivors experience an array of cognitive, physical and emotional challenges that necessitate specialized rehabilitative care.

“Mary Free Bed is a leader in brain injury rehabilitation, and our patients make remarkable progress,” said Jocelyn Dettloff, Annual Fund director. “Such extraordinary gains require significant resources to remain on the forefront of innovative therapy and technology to best serve our patients. Thrive is an incredible opportunity to support this life-changing program.”

During the 2019 Fiscal Year (ending March 31), the Mary Free Bed system of care treated more than 975 people through its inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation programs. More of our patients return to their home or community settings after treatment compared to regional and national averages.

The highly specialized program is endorsed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International. The voluntary but rigorous accreditation process is based on a comprehensive set of standards for quality care and patient satisfaction.

A team of experienced doctors, nurses, therapists and other clinicians exclusively treat patients with traumatic brain injuries. Many nurses and therapists are Certified Brain Injury Specialists, and some registered nurses have additional certification in rehabilitation nursing.

Mary Free Bed’s continuum of care includes a comprehensive follow-up brain injury clinic, outpatient program, home and community program, and an array of services.

The gala is an evening filled with friends, fun and phenomenal stories highlighting Mary Free Bed’s mission to restore hope and freedom through rehabilitation. Featured guests are world-class entertainers Kevin Cole and Heidi Kettenring.

Cole, known as “America’s pianist,” is recognized as the country’s top performer of works by George Gershwin and American classics. The award-winning musical director, arranger, composer and vocalist. Heidi is an award-winning vocalist and actress with numerous stage, film and television credits.

The “ties and heels” event once again will be emceed by speaker, author and funnyman Tim Cusack. Adrian “AB” Butler will provide a cool mix of music to entice guests to dance the night away. It promises to be an evening of celebration and fun.

Here are the details:

When: 6 p.m. – Cocktail reception, 7 p.m. – Dinner, 8 p.m. – Program

Where: DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Tickets: $200 per person; event sponsorships available. To purchase tickets or reserve a sponsorship, visit Deadline is Oct 21.

More info: Contact Jocelyn Dettloff, 616.840.8204 or


Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital based in Grand Rapids, Mich. Since 1891, Mary Free Bed has made futures brighter for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of 110-plus specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical results. For additional information, visit

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