The Rundown: SCC’s One Year Anniversary Bash!
Thanks to everyone who came out last Thursday to make the Social Charity Club One Year Anniversary a night to remember! There was so much buzz surrounding our bash we could barely contain ourselves the night before. Both the generosity of our host, The Grand Woods Lounge, and the outstanding support shown to us by Grand Rapids helped SCC raise $5,750 for The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. That is over three times more than our last event! Both Lauren LaTarte and Marjorie Behm commented on the generosity and flexibility the Woods provided our organization. “The Woods was so generous by matching our contribution, it was a pleasure to work with them. This place was our first venue and supportive from day one, we were very excited to come full circle with them.”
“The best part was seeing everyone have a great time,” says Marjorie. “Our events are designed to be fun, laid back, and enjoyable for everyone, this was definitely apparent during our anniversary event.” The Woods was packed from beginning to end as people networked, laughed, and bonded while supporting a much valued resource for children statewide. “The children and families receiving care at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital will greatly benefit from SCC’s philanthropic support,” wrote Alyson Dondzila, Development Coordinator of Spectrum Health Foundation. “Whitney Budden was my main contact through SCC and I found her to be very enthusiastic and organized. She kept our guest hosts’ motivated with news and details about the event. The genuine dedication of these girls to non-profit sustainability in the Grand Rapids community is evident.”
As our guests were enjoying the outdoor patio they listened to great music provided by Drew Behringer and Nine Mile Smile. This progressed into dancing and singing along to some memorable, fun classics. “Nine Mile Smile loved stepping out to support both the SCC and The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Not only did we have a great time, but we love being involved in a cause that makes a dramatically positive difference in our community,” says Jordan Carson, lead singer of Nine Mile Smile.
The event itself only bolstered our resolve to make this organization even better over the next year. “People mainly mentioned that they were proud of how far we’ve come. They also inquired about future events and how they can help out more. We have hit a very positive momentum and plan to move forward from here,” says Marjorie.
We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved: The Woods, Helen DeVos, all of our fabulous guest hosts, the musicians, and those venues that donated gift cards for our raffle. “It’s always humbling to see so many supporters step up,” says Jordan. “We are so fortunate in Grand Rapids to have a local organization for the community to follow like the SCC. The organization is bringing together local charities, businesses, and members of the community to better our city.”
Stay tuned for more information regarding the next venue and charity for our June event. It’s going to be fabulous!
All photos are courtesy of Regina Joy Photography.