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November 22, 2016
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Gilda's Club Grand Rapids 2016 Night of Gratitude Corporate Engagement Award
Michael Bohnsack, left, and Wendy Wigger, of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, pose for a shot with Jeffrey Kyser, of Herman Miller, who's holding the Corporate Engagement Award for the company. Courtesy Gilda's Club

A local nonprofit has honored some of its most impactful donors.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids hosted last week its annual Night of Gratitude at Thousand Oaks Country Club in Grand Rapids, where it handed out awards and legacy circle pins to honor those individuals and organizations that have supported the nonprofit’s mission.

Gilda’s Club provides free emotional health care to children, adults, families and friends "on any kind of cancer journey" or those grieving the death of someone in their life due to any cause.

The nonprofit said the honorees were recognized for “lighting the flame for our organization” through personal passion, corporate commitment, innovation, volunteerism, ambassadorship or service.

Honorees

Corporate Engagement Award
Herman Miller Cares

The award is given to a corporate partner that demonstrates philanthropic support and encourages its employees, vendors and community to engage with Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids through volunteerism, fundraising, leadership roles and creating awareness of its mission and program.

Service Award
Grand Valley State University 

The award is given to a group that takes the word “service” to the next level through ongoing support of the Gilda’s Club mission, program, events and, most of all, its members.

Community Partner Award
Police Officer’s Labor Council/Law Enforcement Education Program

The award is given to an organization or group that exemplifies what it means to support Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and the West Michigan community through innovative fundraising concepts, promoting the mission of Gilda’s Club in creative ways and being genuine ambassadors of the nonprofit.

Spirit of Gilda Award
Michael Radner

The award is presented to an individual who has supported Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids through openly sharing its mission of cancer and grief support with their friends and colleagues, advocating for the nonprofit with other leaders in the community and doing so with the lightheartedness and laughter that embodied its namesake, Gilda Radner.

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