GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – “Thrive,” the Mary Free Bed Foundation’s annual gala, may look a little different this fall, but its mission remains the same. Instead of one large event attended by hundreds of people, the Foundation is offering opportunities for sponsors to host smaller parties and support Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports program.
The change follows national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and State of Michigan mandates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sponsors can select a date between Sept. 25 and Oct. 11 and invite from 10 to 50 guests to attend. The Foundation will supply food and favors, and sponsors can choose the event time and an indoor or outdoor location in the Grand Rapids area.
“The Foundation is excited about this year’s new approach to our popular fundraising event,” said Jocelyn Dettloff, Annual Fund director. “Each party will allow guests to engage, cultivate and grow relationships in a safe and fun way, all while helping to support the work at Mary Free Bed.”
Proceeds from the seventh annual event will support Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports, which offers enriching classes, clinics and competitive teams for people of all ages and abilities. One of the largest programs of its kind in the United States, WAS served more than 2,800 children and adults last year.
During the Thrive parties, hosts will share a 15-minute video featuring messages, inspiring stories and entertainment by WOOD-TV personality Jordan Carson and pianist Zach Henderson. Guests will have the opportunity to make an online donation at the party or take home an envelope to make a gift later.
To host a party, register online by Sept. 18. For a detailed guide to sponsorship levels and benefits as well as tips on hosting a party, visit the Thrive page or contact Jocelyn Dettloff at 616.840.8204 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual tickets also may be purchased.