News & Event
It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that we write to share that our Communications Manager, Lina Pierson, has recently relocated out of state to pursue new opportunities. Luckily for us, Lina will continue in her role remotely through the end of February and beyond that, will still be sharing her phenomenal graphic design skills with us from afar.
We are excited for her and are confident she will do amazing work and positively impact the community around her wherever her future plans take her. At the same time we are very sorry to say farewell to such a talented and dedicated teammate.
Lina’s connection with CFHZ runs deep, from her time as a Youth Advisory Committee member to her graphic design work for us before she joined our team full time in 2017. Since then, Lina has gone above and beyond to make our publications shine, share inspiring stories of our donors and nonprofit partners, and provide outstanding experiences to guests at our ever-growing events. She has also been active in the community beyond her role at CFHZ as a Board Member and Communications Chair for Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals, a Steering Committee member and Treasurer of Women of Color Give, and a Planning Committee member for TEDxMacatawa. We are deeply grateful for all the ways Lina has made a difference at CFHZ and in the Holland/Zeeland community!
There is always a mixture of sadness and pride when one of your talented teammates leaves for a new opportunity. We are feeling both emotions deeply right now as our amazing Vice President of Finance, Rashelle Wynegar, is transitioning from her role at CFHZ to use her skills working for the Red Cross national headquarters. While we are certainly excited for her personally, we are going to miss her immensely! She has been a very significant part of why CFHZ has been successful in meeting our mission the last four years. She has taken our financial management systems to new heights and has instituted processes and procedures that set us up for success for years to come. We’re glad that she’ll still be living in Holland and working remotely so that our community can continue to benefit from her caring spirit, generous heart and financial management skills. Please join us in thanking Rashelle for her outstanding service and meaningful impact at CFHZ!
With Rashelle transitioning, we are now looking for a new teammate to help us meet our mission by ensuring the financial integrity of the Foundation. If you know someone with a strong financial skill set who wants to make a positive difference in our community, please encourage them to check out this Director of Finance position description.
Each year, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area hosts an annual fall event to celebrate members of our community whose philanthropy is creating lasting positive change in our region. This event is an important opportunity to come together to support charitable giving and build awareness of our work to build our community’s endowment and help donors achieve their charitable goals.
This annual event brings together more than 600 community leaders and Foundation supporters for an evening of celebrating our community's generosity while enjoying grazing-style dining from a number of the area's best restaurants, bakeries, and caterers.
New Event Location
The 2019 event will be held at M.E. Yacht Restoration, 471 Howard Ave, Holland, Michigan 49424
Special thanks to the Evenhouse Family for generously donating the venue and being willing to host us!
Join the Foundation for a Celebration of Philanthropy, Ripples of Hope, at ME Yacht Restoration. Celebrate our community’s generosity while enjoying an evening of grazing featuring many of the area’s finest restaurants and live music.
The social hour with appetizers and cocktails will begin at 5:30pm. Dinner will be available at 6:00pm with program to follow at 7:30pm.
We strongly encourage guests to arrive as close to 5:30pm as possible to maximize time to connect with other attendees prior to the grazing-style dinner and the program.
Email Lina if you'd like a printed invite or additional invites mailed to you.
Event tickets are $150/person. 75% of the ticket cost is tax-deductible. Thanks to a generous sponsor, we offer a half-price discount to young professionals and first-time event attendees.
Table sponsorship pricing begins at $2,000 for a reserved table of 8 with table tent acknowledgment, and recognition on event program and website. (90% tax-deductible).
SEE ALL SPONSORSHIP LEVELS AND BENEFITS
Note: The name tag at the event entrance will serve as your ticket. There are no physical event tickets.
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
Please RSVP by September 4th! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area is pleased to announce the awarding of 17 grants totaling $568,604 from the Community’s Endowment in 2019.
Outdoor Discovery Center - ecoSystem Education Network
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council - Creating a Green Infrastructure Vision for the Macatawa Watershed
Ladder Homes - Housing Capacity Expansion
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan - Holland/Zeeland Career Training Center
Beacon of Hope - Building Campaign
After a detailed application review process, area students were awarded scholarships in varying amounts from 94 different scholarship funds, for a total investment of over $600,000.
Students and their families came to the Yacht Basin Marina to meet the generous donors who made it possible for the students to receive these scholarships.
Mike Goorhouse, Community Foundation President and CEO, congratulated the scholars who he hopes will become future leaders in our community. “We’re honored to partner with your scholarship donors to support your educational journey,” he said.
Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships, thanked the donors for their “continued support of the inspiring and deserving students.” She also addressed the students about the scholarship process. Stacy has spent many hours over the last few months reading through applications and meeting with review committees to determine recipients. “Students, please know that in our extremely competitive scholarship process, you were selected as the right person for your scholarship. We couldn’t be happier for you!” Stacy told them.
Jim Bishop from West Michigan Community Bank, who sponsored the event, shared his story on the many reasons he supports the Community Foundation. He spoke about how he received community foundation scholarships as a student and how that generosity changed his life for the better. It later inspired him to contribute financially and to get involved in board service at the community foundation as an adult. He encouraged each of the students to pay it forward to the next generation with time, talent, and/or treasure whenever they’re able.
The event also featured a student panel where four college students spoke about life in college and how different it can be from high school, some difficulties that come with college, and advice for incoming college freshman.
Stephanie Arndt from Hope College talked about how difficult it was for her to change her major and that she had to overcome her fear of claiming an English major, but it was” the most rewarding thing” she has ever done.
On advice for the scholarship recipients, student Kiannah Vandenberg from Grand Valley State University reminded the student scholars not to be upset or quit if they get a B or C on an assignment or in a course for the first time, as college classes can be very challenging and difficult even for the best students. She also talks about the opportunities of college internships which can give students college credit and experience doing something that they love.
After the panel, the reception lasted another hour with students and donors talking over cupcakes and lemonade and getting pictures taken together.
The Community Foundation is so happy to host this event that allows the students to meet and talk with their scholarship donors. We are so thankful to all of the donors for making such a big impact in the lives of these students. We congratulate these exemplary 2017 scholarship recipients and wish them every success in higher education and beyond.
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