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Craig Clark


Grand Raggidy Roller Girls


David Abbott and Andrew Bowen


Lindsay Kus, Stephanie Webb, Joe “Flounder” Piesx, Michelle DeSelms, Tony Gates, Jennifer Pascua, Lauren Unger, Lauren Stanton


Late November and December were ah-mazing months for Grand Rapids, full of festive parties benefiting great non-profits and a look back at a year full of huge blessings. For 20 years there has been tradition in our community. Festival of Tree is an amazing


fundraising event for the Special Olympic Program - Area 11. The event is held within our region, raising dollars for the athletes who will compete in the 2011 games. After 20 years at the Breton Village Mall, the celebration moved downtown to The B.O.B., making it a much more intimate setting. We also attended another one of our annual favorites: 16th Annual Christmas & Holiday


Traditions Around the World Gala. This annual event showcases a diverse display of 40 holiday trees and displays. We ran into some of our favorite media personalities: Lee Van Ameyde, Juliet Dragos, Lauren Stanton, Jennifer Pascua, along with Take Five and Co.’s Stephanie Webb and Tara Kuhnlein, WZZM, Rachael Ruiz, Brian Sterling, Matt Kirkwood, WOOD TV, Michelle Emerson, FOX 17, Kim Carson, Tommy Allen, and Rapid Growth Media were among the many tree and display hosts for the evening. This year, the Diary was honored to host the tree of Ireland. We also did a ton of local shopping preparing for Christmas and the Holidays. Artwork was


everywhere – room upon room filled with creative gifts by some of Grand Rapids’ most talented artists. We stopped by the 22nd Annual Artists’ Market at the UICA and The Rumsey Pop-Up Christmas Shop. We lunched at the Green Well, Uncle Cheetah’s Soup Shop, and the Winchester. We finished up a great year with our Not-So-Silent Night party, a special night of entertainment and holiday cheer celebrating our fellow collaborative creatives, faithful clients, amazing vendors and terrific friends. There were FOUR DJs that kept the dance floor hopping. The house DJs were Todd Ernst, DJ Jarret


Above: Luisa Schumacher. Right, top: Alyssa Matthyse and Jess Emelander. Right, middle: Jamie and Brett Kosters. Right: Gary Saulter and Diane Kniowski.


Sonrize Wallace, DJ Stephen Aldrich and DJ Craig “Crooked Leg” Sanders. We want to shout out to our lead DJ, Todd Ernst, for his fantastic coordination efforts and doing so remotely from JW Marriott. We were also proud to showcase some fantastic locally owned businesses: The Winchester, Ice Sculptures Ltd., Richard App Gallery, Jason Kakabaker, Vizidef, John Russo’s Wine Warehouse & Deli, Founders, Grand River Grocery, and GR Bar Crawl. Thanks to friends for their generous ‘SWAG’ bag donations: The Intersection, Cheeky Strut, JW Marriott, Grand Rapids Griffins, Grand Raggidy Roller Girls, Grand Rapids Symphony, Humane Society of Kent County, Twisted Rooster and Gina’s Boutique. Also local artists Bonnie Ostrander, Michael Pfleghaar, Shelly Klein, Motley Cat Studio, M Buck Studio, and Terry Johnston Photography. In lieu of gifts, the GRSD collected unwrapped toys to donate to Mel Trotter through the


efforts of their Twelve Days of Christmas. We thank all of Grand Rapids for their continued support of the Grand Rapids Social Diary.


2011 promises to bring amazing things to our great city! Are you in?


PHOTOS // Michael Buck and Tim Motley


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