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Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association (KCLA) announced the 2012 winners of the Fifth Annual WAVE Awards–a program that recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry.


Cue the lights! The performers! The music! The production is about it open! Everyone is ready for this grand event honoring one of the Grand Rapids' greatest treasures Jean Enright. The only thing missing is you...

The Let Their Voice Be Heard Girls Choral Academy Benefit Gala acknowledges Jean's many contributions to the area, her giving spirit, her delightful sense of being, and her outstanding philanthropic efforts. At this year's benefit we will award Jean the 2012 Giving Girls a Voice Achievement Award. The benefit will be held on November 7 at 7 p.m. at the University Club of Grand Rapids. The evening sparkles with entertainment by Creative Edge Productions featuring Larry Young, Kelly Carey, and CiCi Gramer in the show Broadway Our Way.

The gala begins with a private gathering for sponsors, followed by dinner and the show, and culminates in an elegant reception, meet and greet, and indulgent desserts.
Touching and transforming lives, Girls Choral Academy is serving more than seven hundred fifty West Michigan children this year. Using music to make a difference, girls and boys are growing in self-esteem and self-confidence, honing musical skills and enriching math and reading competencies.

C2C Gallery in Grand Haven is celebrating its new location, in the former Euroflora space, by raising money for the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy Group. Invite your friends, mingle, listen to live music, and enjoy C2C’s new space while supporting a local icon, The Lighthouse. Come help us celebrate and preserve our iconic symbol of Grand Haven’s Lakeshore.

On Wednesday, November 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Presents Can Chocolate Kisses Cure Chemo-Brain? a giving back event of WISE, and one of the most popular events of the year. This year, ticket proceeds will benefit Gilda's Club of West Michigan. Terry Kilpatrick, author of So You Survived Cancer, Now What? will share her list of cancers' gifts. Terry will expound on the challenges survivors of cancer often face and how employers and loved ones can help in their transition.

Register for $25 at www.wiseconnections.org. The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is located at 185 Oaks Street Southwest, Grand Rapids.

WISE unites the skills, knowledge, and resources of established women-owned companies. Register for all WISE events at wiseconnections.org.

Save the date: The Leadership Institute for Women 2012 will be held at Davenport University in Grand Rapids on March 1, 2012. This is an all-day event and the theme this year is Get Ready, Get Set, Grow. It's all about growing revenue and profits! Visit www.miceed.org for registration information. A special thanks to the event sponsor: Haworth.

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