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My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

3rd Annual Round Up at the Rink Fundraiser Tonight, November 14

3rd Annual Round Up at the Rink Fundraiser Tonight, November 14

The Van Andel Arena’s in-house food & beverage provider, along with the Grand Rapids Griffins are again participating in this special wishes event at tonight’s hockey game against the Texas Stars. Fans will be asked if they would like to round up their concession order at any concession stand to benefit this great cause and help make children’s wishes come true.

Ryan Rabinowitz, a freshmen at Novi High School in 2012 created this Round Up at the Rink fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that fulfills wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Ryan is a now a junior at Novi High School & plays for the varsity hockey team.

Girl Scouts to take part in Gerald R. Ford Tree Lighting tonight

Girl Scouts to take part in Gerald R. Ford Tree Lighting tonight

Make it a point to stroll downtown this evening for the Annual Presidential Museum Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7pm at the Gerald R. Ford Museum at 303 Pearl St. NW in Grand Rapids, MI.

For the first time in its history, Girl Scouts, with Rockford Service Unit 322, will be included in  performing the Flag Ceremony at the outdoor event.

Immediately following the tree lighting, there will be live music, a sing-along and the announcement of the 2014 Community Tree Awards.

Lewis Black Tickets on Sale, November 7

Lewis Black Tickets on Sale, November 7

Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, Lewis Black is coming with his all new “The Rant is Due: Part Deux” to the Grand Rapids DeVos Performance Hall on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00pm.

Ticket prices are $59.50, $45.50 & $35.50 and will be available at the DeVos Place and VanAndel Arena box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at www.Ticketmaster.com and by phone: 1-800-745-3000

Miranda Lambert Tickets on Sale Friday, November 7

Miranda Lambert Tickets on Sale Friday, November 7

CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee, Miranda Lambert comes to the Van Andel Arena on Sunday, March 15, as part of her Certified Platinum Tour.

Every Dress Has a Story Campaign Through November 14

 Every Dress Has a Story Campaign Through November 14

The Girls Scout of Michigan Shore to Shore, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Goodwill Industries of West Michigan & Goodwill of Northern Michigan are teaming up to make this dress drive possible.

This campaign will make a difference for those giving & those receiving. Those giving, it will help clean out closets, which in-turn provides giving back to the community. So, donate your dresses to ANY Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan or Northern Michigan store through November 14.

Then, get social! Share the “Every Dress Has a Story” initiative with all your social networks. Post your commitment to this campaign with the hashtag #EveryDress & share a picture of the dress that you’re donating plus the story behind it.

Wedgwood Christian Services to honor David and Carol Van Andel for 20+ years of stewardship

Wedgwood Christian Services (www.wedgwood.org) announced the selection of David and Carol Van Andel as recipients of the prestigious Doug and Lois Nagel Leadership Award.  The Award is presented to those “who have been exemplary in the investment of their hearts, counsel and resources to ensure the services of Wedgwood’s ministry,” said Connie Frazier, Wedgwood’s Chief Advancement Officer.

The couple, who have been involved for nearly 25 years with the Grand Rapids nonprofit organization dedicated to helping hurting children, will be honored at Wedgwood’s 54th Anniversary Celebration Dinner set for Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m.