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Beverage City Bonanza

Four local breweries and distilleries—all in one package! Tours and tastings at Founder’s Brewing and Gray Skies Distillery, as well as a Beer City package from The Mitten and a great experience with Virtue Cider. And you can start your own biergarten, with a custom bench made from recycled materials.

Donated by: Founder’s Brewery, Gray Skies Distillery, The Mitten, Virtue Cider and Boar’s Head Meats

GR Staycation

There’s no place like home. So why not stay in town and enjoy it? Begin your GR Staycation with an overnight at the JW Marriott, including a couples spa package, $50 in Jbucks and a stunning floral arrangement. Your Laughfest package includes $200 to spend on any show of your choosing, plus two passes to the exclusive Laughfest Headliner’s Club lounge! Next, head to the Civic Theatre for the showing of The Little Mermaid, including a “Backstage Pass” event with a behind-the-scenes look at the production before it opens. Spend some time in Saugatuck, with $50 to spend at Saugatuck Brewing and flex passes to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Come home to a beautiful floral arrangement by Modern Day Floral.

Donated by: JW Marriott, Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Civic Theater, 1 Bold Step, LLC, Saugatuck Brewing and Modern Day Floral

Family Fabulosity

Family comes first with this “quality time” package for you and the kids. Enjoy a 2.5-hour party for 10 at Rebounderz with all the fixings. See the butterflies blooming with a one-year membership to Frederik Meijer Gardens. Then, expend some energy with jump passes to Altitude Trampoline Park and Airtime Grand Rapids.

Donated by: Rebounderz, Altitude Trampoline Park, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Airtime GR

Pamper Your Group

10 girlfriends will have the ultimate evening with the Urban You Fluff Bar, medical spa services and personalized skin consultations. The Fluff Bar includes hair styling, makeup application, paraffin dips and facials. As the host, you receive a $100 gift and your guests receive special pricing on all that Urban You has to offer, as well as a swag bag. As the cherry on top, Urban You will provide wine and appetizers for all to enjoy! Add to your pampering with a personal styling session for one with Michelle Krick Style. Keep the pampering going with some “you time” during a free eight-week session at Flirt Fitness.

Donated by: Urban You Beauty Bar, Michelle Krick Style and Flirt Fitness

Powder Room Makeover

Work with the experts at DreamMaker to design your ultimate bathroom makeover! From tile and flooring to counter tops, you name it—they can dream it! You and a designer will work to select all aspects of your new bathroom. They will take care of everything, including installation. $2,500 remodel value.

Donated by: DreamMaker Kitchen and Bath

Progressive Dinner Party

Grab your friends and get progressive in Grand Rapids! Start with an appetizer at Bull’s Head. Journey over to Reserve for wine and your second course. Venture to Brewery Vivant for course number three. End the night at The Knickerbocker, with dessert and liquor pairings (Or start with dessert. We won’t judge). To top it off, your party of six will have transportation covered throughout your tour.

Donated by: Reserve, Bull’s Head Tavern, The Knickerbocker and Brewery Vivant

Up North Seasonal Getaways

In winter, spring, summer or fall, northern Michigan is the place to be. When you want to get away, you choose a peak- ski-season three-day, two-night stay slope-side at Boyne Mountain (12/15 through 4/1) or an off-season, seven-day, six-night stay (4/2 through 12/14). Go back for more and stay overnight at the Grand Traverse Resort, including spa services for two. Bring six of your friends for a VIP tour and wine tasting at Chateau Chantal. Dine at the Whi-Ski Inn with your $50 gift card.

Donated by: 1 Bold Step, Chateau Chantal, Grand Traverse Resort, Whi-Ski Inn

Sportin’ It Up

It’s hockey. It’s football. It’s tailgating. Who’s in? We have two tickets to the Penn State vs. U of M game, with seat cushions included. We also have two Detroit Red Wings game tickets for Saturday, December 8, along with a parking pass and swag. Top it off with nine cases of local beer, cider and spirits, and $125 of tailgating food.

Donated by: Andrea Essling, Rehmann, Serendipity Media and D&W

Stock the Fridge

Beef up your man cave, man space, mantuary—you get the picture—with a new Frigidaire stainless steel refrigerator, stocked to the brim with local beer and beverages. Then settle into your new Big Joe chairs and turn on the game!

Donated by: Gerrit’s Appliance, DreamMaker Kitchen & Bath and Comfort Research


Adrienne Wallace, an enthusiastic communicator with extensive public and private sector experience, is an Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University, a social-change leader, Grand Rapids Westsider, wife to tech/PR geek Derek DeVries, and mother to rescue pups Walter and Rosie.
Allison Kay Bannister, a West Michigan resident since 1987, professional writer since 2002 and GVSU alumna, recently launched her own freelance writing business. Allison enjoys travel, art, dance, food and exploring world cultures—and, of course, writing about all these and more.
April Simone Stevens is a Grand Valley State University alumna and beauty blogger who enjoys dabbling in graphic design and video production. Residing outside of Grand Rapids, April Simone enjoys beer tasting, delicious food and visiting Grand rapids Art Museum as often as possible. Follow her on Instagram at @spotlightvanity for updates.
When she's not writing, sailing or buried in a good book, Jennifer Reynolds teaches at GRCC and Jenison International Academy. Transplanted from the Petoskey area to Holland in 2012, she is a big fan of the latter's farmers market and bike paths. She also enjoys kayaking, yoga and puttering in her kitchen and garden.
Kim Bode is a business owner, dog lover, wine drinker, coffee addict and blogger. Her 8THIRTYFOUR Integrated Communications in Grand Rapids is an award-winning communication strategy, event planning, social media, media relationship and design firm that is redefining how agencies do business. Contact her at [email protected]
Kirsetin Morello is a Michigan-based author, speaker, writer, travel-lover, wife and grateful mom of three boys. Read more about her at www.KirsetinMorello.com.
Missy Black, who lives in the Grand Rapids area, specializes in fashion, her love of which keeps her awake at night, dreaming of cheetah-print flats paired with red skinny jeans and anything lace. She has also written horoscopes and restaurant reviews, and enjoys another title as shoe copywriter.
Neil P. Jansen, an attorney at Mika Meyers, focuses in civil and real estate litigation, probate litigation, estate planning and eminent domain. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University. He is a member of the Grand Rapids and State of Michigan Bar Associations, the American Bar Association and the National Order of Barristers, and is a Camp Blodgett board member.
Culinary educator, food writer, sommelier, chef, gentleman adventurer: Torrence O’Haire creates rich experiences and richer meals, exploring every side of hospitality. Through writing, consulting, events design and media he shares culinary inspiration and education, and encourages finding more passionate living through gustatory enrichment. Follow him at bacchanology.com or instagram.com/bacchanology.