Once a year, the who's who in Grand Rapids gather in one location to celebrate. They gather because Mercy Health Saint Mary's has invited them and year after year, the Gala is an amazing experience and party. This year, the Saint Mary's Foundation created a party wrapped around the theme of Gratitude at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. The event was designed by event coordinator for the Foundation, Keri Kujala. She designed the event this year to take over Amway's ballrooms. Not only did the band Persuasion rock in the Ambassador Ballroom, but cocktails and specialty drinks were served at Cygnus 27.
There were many other vendors that helped bring together such a grand Gala for Saint Mary's Foundation. Floral arrangements were created by Gumina's Flowers, linens provided by Events by RSVP, music provided by Persuasion and the A/V was put together by Chase Creative.
Mercy Health Saint Mary's was able to say "thank you" to all their donors and express their gratitude by putting together a fantastic party that you will have to attend next year!
The evening began with a private reception with retiring Mercy Health Saint Mary's CEO Phil McCorkle in one of the Cygnus 27 Private Dining rooms. Following the VIP event, guests began arriving for the Gala and had their photo taken by my wife at our photo booth. Then it was off for drinks, dancing and fun at the event, which included a raffle of some amazing prizes, along with a silent art auction.
If you didn't make it this year, be sure to make the annual Gala next year!