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Dear Prudence offers unusual jewelry finds in small, chic East Grand Rapids shop

What's black and white and chic all over? Dear Prudence, a fun new jewelry haven in East Grand Rapids.

Dear Prudence, owned by Prudence Kauffman, is a diminutive 400-square-foot boutique with a black and white color scheme that allows the intriguing jewelry and gifts inside to take center stage. The store (701 Bagley St. SE, East Grand Rapids) carries jewelry and items that Kauffman hopes can be found only at Dear Prudence.

"We mostly carry jewelry, mostly made in the U.S., but we do have one fair trade line to support women and their families in Central and South America," says Kauffman, 40, who says both she and the store are named after the Beatles tune, "Dear Prudence." "We made sure we're carrying things that are different than anyplace in town, and have agreements with some of the artisans to be the only store in Grand Rapids carrying these products."

Besides unique Chanel button jewelry by Chicago artist Patti Lynch and Luminous Creation mixed metal jewelry by Grand Rapids artist Jaclyn Dreyer, the store also carries one-of-a-kind fingerprint jewelry made from customers' fingerprints. Customers press their fingerprints into a wax mold, and Dear Prudence sends it to the manufacturer to be dipped in silver and fashioned into necklaces, bracelets, cuff links or tie tacks.

"We just did one for a friend who had twins, and we took the babies' prints and made them into jewelry," Kauffman says.

Kauffman and her husband, Brad, relocated to the Grand Rapids area after 20 years in Winston-Salem, NC, because Brad's job was transferred here. The dream of the store has been percolating for years and became reality after Kauffman recovered from uterine cancer.

"Brad said if we get through this, we're going to do every single thing we ever wanted to do," Kauffman says. "I'm cancer free now, so we started researching the store and putting together every idea we had."

Hours: Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun. noon to 5. Online shopping at DearPrudence.com will be available soon.

Source: Prudence Kauffman, Dear Prudence
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Sacred Roots combines visual art, hair styling to create unique salon in East Grand Rapids

Local artists have a new outlet for displaying their work surrounded by Hollywood Glam décor at East Grand Rapids' new Sacred Roots Salon.

The salon (2237 Wealthy St. SE, Suite 150), situated between Derby Station and Hot Mama's in Gaslight Village, caters to clients' hairstyling needs and doubles as an exclusive art gallery where one local artist a month can showcase his or her works without competing with other artists.

"I love art and supporting local artists," says owner James Garnant. "So the first Thursday of every month we have a cocktail party and a new installation by a new artist goes in."

Zeeland artist Katherine Throne is there through July, says Garnant. Beginning August 2, the salon will feature photographer Mike Kelley, with another artist following in September.

Garnant says he has been a hairdresser for 20 years and the salon helps him fulfill his dream of bring art to the public in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere.

"Hair is an art form in itself, and like attracts like and so it attracts artists," Garnant says. "I'm really big on making this a community gathering space where people feel they're not just getting their hair done but can come and hang out."

Hours: Weekdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Source: James Garnant, Sacred Roots Salon; Carey Potter, Brick House Marketing Group
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Instructional painting studio offering food, drinks opens in East Grand Rapids

Aspiring artists can try their hand at acrylic painting over a glass of wine or beer at the newly opened Brush Studio (2213 Wealthy St. SE, East Grand Rapids).

The 1,600-square-foot instructional art studio offers two-hour instructional painting classes that take students from a blank canvas to a piece of art worthy of their household wall. Classes cost $35.

"You sign up online based on the painting that you are interested in learning," explains Lisa Jabara, owner of Brush Studio. "We have an instructor that instructs you on that painting -- say, it's Starry Night -- brush stroke by brush stroke from start to finish."

Brush is able to accommodate small groups that would like to reserve a table as well as larger private parties of 20 or more who wish to rent out the entire space. Jabara also plans to offer team-building classes to local businesses, which can be held on or off site.

In addition to painting classes and open painting, the studio has also partnered with nearby Ramona's Table to create food options for customers to enjoy while they work. The restaurant developed a menu of appetizers, sandwiches and salads. The studio will offer several Michigan beers and wines as well as some non-local options. The wine and beer menu includes Oberon, Bells Two Hearted, Little Black Dress and Dreaming Tree.

"It's such a fun atmosphere to have a bunch of people painting. And there's music, and everybody is drinking wine and beer," Jabara says. "It's a great time."

Brush is not just a place for adults; the studio offers family-focused classes on Saturdays and Sundays for parents and their kids.

The store is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for open painting. To learn more visit, www.brushgr.com.

Source: Lisa Jabara, Brush Studio
Writer: Charlsie Dewey, Freelance Reporter

Seva Yoga opens larger studio, yoga store in East Grand Rapids

A larger yoga studio and more space for a boutique dedicated to the yoga lifestyle is not what Seva Yoga owner Michele Fife expected for a company just five years old. But in November, she moved her yoga studio and retail shop from an upstairs space in the back corner of a building on Wealthy Street SE to a 1,800-square-foot space (2237 Wealthy St. SE) that overlooks the fountain in East Grand Rapids' Gaslight Village.

"This is my third move in five years. I started with a very small studio because I was being conservative, and 12 months later, I expanded into a larger space and stayed there four years," Fife says. "I'm constantly amazed. I had always worked for someone else since I was teenager. Until I opened the studio, it never popped into my head that I could make a living running my own business."

Seva Yoga has 12 yoga instructors that offer classes and one-on-one yoga sessions in a variety of styles: Kripalu, Anusara, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga classes, Vinyasa classes and gentle yoga classes. The boutique offers lululemon yoga-inspired athletic clothing, books on yoga and vegetarian and vegan cooking and eating, ayurvedic aromatherapy oils, Banyan Botanicals, plus yoga mats and other products.

"There is a variety that I like that about my studio," Fife says. "It's a blend of many different yoga styles, so we can represent everything. We have package pricing, but for any of our classes people can show up and just pay whatever they can afford. It takes a certain amount of trust that I can do something like that and believe that the business will be alright."

Fife says she's registered through Yoga Alliance to teach people how to be yoga teachers, and conducts those classes in the studio. You can follow her video segments on WOOD TV's new ABC channel, WOTV 4 Women, where she is the wellness expert.

Source: Michele Fife, Seva Yoga
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Blodgett Hospital's $98 million expansion includes rooms with a view

Deborah Johnson Wood

The $98 million expansion of Grand Rapids' Blodgett Hospital converts the entire facility to private rooms – many of which will have a lake view.

"It's an enormous pleasure to look out the windows, because some of the rooms face Fisk Lake," says Derrick Brown, project manager for Spectrum Health Hospital Group. "It's just breathtaking to see the lake and the gorgeous homes. This is the only healthcare facility that I've ever worked on that's had a significant view like that."

Brown says the 162,000-square-foot addition converts the entire hospital to private patient rooms and adds eight operating rooms, bringing the total operating rooms to 14 with space to add four more, if needed.

The four-story LEED project is on budget and on schedule for public tours the week of September 20 and seeing patients the week of October 10, 2010.

The drywall installation is complete on all floors, with final painting and wall coverings underway. The first floor construction is completed and awaiting the arrival of cabinets and nurses' stations, says Brown.

The original plans did not include a basement, but Brown says that was added after construction began.

But even though everything is on schedule, the project has presented its own set of challenges.

"The site has very limited space and we haven't had "lay down" space for building materials," Brown says. "Some portions have been built offsite and brought over; other things, like the steel, came precut and prepped so we were able to move a lot faster."

Throughout the length of the project Brown says Spectrum Health has kept neighbors apprised of what to expect.

"The Blodgett campus is a community hospital, and any time the work will be noisy, create vibrations or we've had to shut down a street, we've communicated that by going door-to-door," Brown says. "I've done this type of work at other hospitals for a number of years and nowhere have we had the interaction with the community that we've had here."

Source: Derrick Brown, Spectrum Health Hospital Group

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com. Development News tips can be sent to info@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

$790,000 Reeds Lake Trail phase 2 makes strides to keep walkers, cyclists safe

Deborah Johnson Wood

Phase 2 of the Reeds Lake Trail will break ground as soon as weather permits, providing an off-street walking and cycling path along the east side of Reeds Lake when completed in July.

The path will connect the existing Reeds Lake Trail at Kate Avenue SE between Reeds Lake and the East Beltline and run 0.75 miles northwest along Reeds Lake Blvd. to Manhattan Road SE. Users can then connect to sidewalks to complete the loop around Reeds Lake.

"This phase involves both East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Township and has been over five years in the works," says East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian Donovan. "It's taken so long because of fundraising and the wetlands plan."

The wetlands plan involved having to eliminate one-half acre of wetlands along portions of the trail. Donovan says the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality required creation of a full acre of wetlands to replace it. The project will create that acre of wetlands near Waterfront Park on the west side of the lake. The city has five years to make the wetlands changes.

Completion of the trail loop allows users to travel off-street for the entire four-plus miles of the loop around the lake. Just north of the trail along the East Beltline, users can connect with Grand Rapids Township trails. In East Grand Rapids, bike lane markings on Wealthy Street run from Gaslight Village to the west city limits, where Donovan says Grand Rapids officials propose to continue the lane markings to downtown Grand Rapids.

Nearly $600,000 of the trail completion's $790,000 price tag is from private donations. Donovan says the project is within $3,000 of its goal. Those interested in providing a donation can contact the city of East Grand Rapids for more information.

Source: Brian Donovan, City of East Grand Rapids

Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com. Have a development news tip for Rapid Growth? Contact us at info@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

Grand Rapids athlete invents warming product for cold weather runners, cyclists

Deborah Johnson Wood

Dan Socie is an all-around guy – a freelance graphics and web designer by trade, and an amateur endurance athlete by hobby. And now he's an inventor.

Socie has invented an embrocation for use by runners and cyclists to warm up their muscles before they run outside in cold weather.

An embrocation is a warming liniment that's applied topically. Socie's embrocation consists of shea butter, capsaicin, black pepper and menthol. He and his business partner Geoff Kuyper are marketing it under the brand and business name Soigneur (swan-yer).

"Soigneur is French for 'an assistant,'" Socie says. "In professional cycling, a soigneur is an assistant that gets water, arranges for or does massage therapy, gets the food, and is basically the athlete's personal assistant. I wanted to make a product to take the soigneur role for amateur athletes."

Socie says cyclists who bike in cold weather have used European embrocations, but he plans to market his product to runners and skiers as well. He says athletes apply the embrocation to their legs before running, biking or skiing. The shea butter keeps the product on the skin, and body heat activates the capsaicin that warms the skin. That warmth penetrates to the muscles.

"Your legs are warm and it's nicer to go out in the cold with warm legs," Socie says. "It enhances the experience. When you go for a run or ride in the cold weather, it takes 20 minutes, half an hour to warm up. This product speeds up that process and you can get to the more enjoyable part of your workout sooner."

Socie says he spent the past year working with a Scottsdale, Ariz. laboratory and manufacturer to develop the product.

The embrocation is available for advance order online at www.soigneur.net and will begin shipping at the end of February. A launch party to introduce the product is planned for February 24 at Richard App Gallery from 6 to 10 p.m.

Source: Dan Socie, Soigneur

Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com. Have a development news tip for Rapid Growth? Contact us at info@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

$98M Blodgett Hospital overhaul proceeding on schedule in East Grand Rapids

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

The $98 million overhaul and a 162,000-square-foot expansion of Blodgett Hospital at 1840 Wealthy Street SE is on schedule for a November 2010 opening.

When it's all done, 284 private patient rooms with family gathering space in each will bring a new dimension to patient care. The plan is to close existing patient beds in buildings built in 1916, the '50s and the '60s. To make up for that loss, the new five-story expansion includes 131 private patient rooms, as well as eight state-of-the-art operating rooms.

"The investment we're making here at Blodgett is a lot more than just the buildings and renovations," says Jim Wilson, president. "We are updating to state-of-the-art technologies all of the imaging modalities we have."

Those include two CT scanners installed last year, upgrades to nuclear medicine and fluoroscopy technologies, the addition of a second MRI machine, and an upgrade to digital mammography last year.

A renovation of the emergency room involves new patient care rooms, an already-reconstructed clinical core area, and renovation of the examination rooms.

All public spaces—lobbies, conference rooms, an auditorium, restrooms, kitchen/cafeteria—are also on the drawing board for upgrades.

Infrastructure revamps include ongoing improvements -- some began two years ago -- to the parking deck and replacement of all the elevators in the hospital's 11 elevator banks.

The Blodgett campus, part of the Spectrum Health system, provides 1,800 full-time-equivalent jobs just inside the East Grand Rapids city boundaries.

"We're excited to make this investment so Blodgett hospital continues to be a very viable part of the East Grand Rapids business community," Wilson says. "We take that commitment very seriously."

Source: Jim Wilson, Blodgett Hospital

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

RGTV – Sneak peek at East Grand Rapids High School's new $12.5M athletic facilities

The official kickoff to open East Grand Rapids High School's new $12.5 million football field and athletic facility is just weeks away. Once it opens on August 26, East will have the physical capacity and high quality facility to host championship playoff and tournaments in volleyball, swimming, wrestling and track – something they've not been able to do in the past.

The 8,000-square-foot auxiliary gymnasium's lights, floor and spectator seating are installed – just the overhead mechanicals remain. The gym features a Kalwal, a translucent wall that allows daylight into the space and retains the sun's heat.

Elevated seating in the pool area is in place, providing space for an additional 400 spectators. In the new 6,000-square-foot fitness centers everything is complete and awaiting the July delivery of ten core strength training platforms, recumbent bikes, stair steppers, treadmills, dumbbells and 15 multi-joint machines.

"I feel real excited about all of it," says Scott Robertson, athletic director. "I think it's important for people in our community to experience it, to come and watch ball games and make their own judgments. We worked real hard to give the community the most bang for their buck and I think they'll agree that we did a great job investing their money wisely."

Outside, a new field events center with locker rooms, new bleachers and a new press box are amenities that will welcome visiting teams and spectators.

Green features include four banks of energy efficient stadium lighting (instead of six banks of non-energy-efficient lights), and the new turf on the football field is padded with crushed recycled tires.

"There's an aesthetic appeal, it's nice looking in a real classy way," Robertson says. "But the biggest benefit to the whole school system is that we won't need to bump elementary school activities anymore in order to have practice places."

URS designed the facility. Owen Ames Kimball is the construction manager.

Source: Scott Robertson, East Grand Rapids High School

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.


$12.5M East Grand Rapids Schools' athletic facilities upgrades underway at three locations

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

Some $12.5 million in athletic facilities upgrades are well underway at three East Grand Rapids Public Schools locations. A 15-year bond extension approved by voters in November 2007 is the funding source for the improvements.

At East Grand Rapids High School, changes include:

  • Replacing an outdated fitness center that accommodated 35 students with one that accommodates 120.
  • A football stadium with new turf, a two-story structure with a new press box, Internet capabilities, locker rooms and restrooms, and a new scoreboard, lights and sound system.
  • New track facilities including an electronic timing system, scoreboard and sound system.

Perhaps the biggest changes at the high school are a second gymnasium and a second balcony in the swimming pool area, bringing spectator seating to 900.

"We have six high school basketball teams and a wrestling team," says Scott Robertson, high school athletic director. "For years we had teams practicing at elementary schools at odd times of the night, and if we have a home wrestling match I have to find a place for six teams to practice."

The additional pool seating provides enough space to host state swim championships, something the school couldn't even petition for in the past.

At East Grand Rapids Middle School, Mehney Field now has a new sound system and artificial turf. At Canepa Tennis Center near Lakeside Elementary there is a new concession stand, and new restrooms replace the portable toilets the facility used to have.

"In planning the improvements, we were forward thinking, thinking about the multiplicity of different parts of our venue because we're so limited on space," Robertson says, "and we've been able to accomplish it pretty well."

URS Corporation designed the new facilities. Owen-Ames-Kimball is the general contractor.

The upgrades will be completed in August.

Source: Scott Robertson, East Grand Rapids Public Schools

Photograph by Joshua Tyron -All Rights Reserved

Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

$50M Spoelhof Fieldhouse at Calvin College nears completion

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

It’s an athlete’s Utopia.

After 21 months of construction, Calvin College’s $49.5 million Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex will open in time for a January 7 basketball double-header. The 350,000-square-foot complex surrounds an existing fieldhouse, creating several state-of-the-art athletic, aquatic, fitness and physical education centers.

“The original fieldhouse was completed in 1965, so this has been a major upgrade for Calvin’s sports and athletic department,” says David Wilkins of GMB Architects-Engineers, the architect and engineer of record for the project. “It’s been a challenge to get the equipment in there because it’s such a tight space and we have about 150 contractors on-site every day.”

A two-story-high climbing wall greets visitors in the new lobby.

A 15,000-square-foot fitness center overlooks campus through an 18-foot-high, 160-foot-long window wall.

The Van Noord Arena seats 5,000 spectators on two levels, with a hospitality suite on the third level. The arena features a main court, two cross-courts, and two upper-side gymnasiums for additional practice space for basketball or volleyball. The third level features a dance studio. A removable stage equips it for live performances.

The Venema Aquatic Center contains a 50-meter pool with eight competition lanes and one- and three-meter diving platforms. The pool will be open for community use and swimming instruction.

A 200-meter track and four tennis courts provide indoor field-event space at the 55,000-square-foot Huizenga Tennis and Track Center.

The existing fieldhouse, renamed the Hoogenboom Health and Recreation Center, makes up the center of the complex; its renovation provides new offices for the Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport department, classroom space, and exam rooms for student health services.

Source: David Wilkins, GMB Architects-Engineers 

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

Kent County’s Fuller Complex $6.5M facelift includes new animal shelter, access road

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

Thoughts of visiting an animal shelter to choose a new family pooch or kitten often brings to mind rows of animals in cages. And while getting a new pet is exciting, it's hard to leave the others behind. 

Kent County aims to make the environment and the pet selection experience more pleasant for both the people and the animals with the construction of a new 23,000-square-foot Kent County Animal Shelter. 

“The new shelter is almost three times the size of the existing one and more centrally located on the campus,” says Bob Mihos, County spokesperson. “We feel the shelter provides an important service to the county and we want to present a healthy environment for that important service.”

Three “get acquainted” rooms—a new feature—provide private spaces where families can get to know their potential pet.

Another significant change is two outside entrances: one for people who want to adopt a pet and the other for bringing in strays and dangerous animals.

Separate holding areas, one for healthy animals and one for sick animals, minimizes the spread of disease. A surgical suite provides space for veterinarians to perform surgeries, if needed.

“We’ve added a training room for those who adopt,” Mihos adds, “where the shelter will offer classes to teach new owners how to take care of their new pets.”

Customers will get to the new shelter via a new access road flanked by people-friendly sidewalks and streetlights.

The $1.8 million road meanders from a new stoplight at Malta Street and Fuller Avenue on the west to the existing entrance on Ball Street to the east, providing easy auto, pedestrian and bicycle access to all areas of the campus, including the Kent County Health Department, the Sheriff’s Department and network180. The road will be completed in October, followed a month later by the completion of the $4.8 million animal shelter.

Source: Bob Mihos, Kent County

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Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

Filmmaking contest for young talent will educate state leaders

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

The Michigan Municipal League wants to know why young professionals and entrepreneurs in Michigan have chosen to live in particular communities. And the way the organization wants to get its answers is through five-minute videos produced by those young persons.

An exclusive audience of over 500 elected and appointed officials from communities around the state will view the top videos of the Better Communities Video Contest as part of the MML’s annual convention on Mackinac Island in October. The videos are part of a larger discussion on how these municipal leaders can create and sustain desirable places to live that will attract and retain young talent.

A statement issued from the MML notes: We are looking for videos that provide Michigan community leaders with insight on creating, sustaining and improving the desirable and unique places to live in Michigan. Communities with vibrant downtowns, arts and culture, mass transit and overall flexible and diverse environments are what you are looking for, and they attract the 21st Century employers. Make your voice heard in a video showing us what made you stay or what made you move to your Michigan community.

The videos must be uploaded in YouTube format to the YouTube web site by 5 p.m. September 15. A separate email to info@mml.org must include the final link to the video, the name and age of the person submitting the video, address of residence and contact information.

For more details on the video contest, contact the Michigan Municipal League at info@mml.org.

The first place winner receives $300, second and third places receive $100 each.

Source: Michigan Municipal League

Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

Zeeland one of 17 cities selected for Michigan Main Street program

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

The City of Zeeland is one of 17 Michigan cities selected by MSHDA to participate in the Michigan Main Street (MMS) Associate Level program, a two-year opportunity meant to return economic vitality to the state’s downtowns by providing civic leaders with training in organization, promotion, economic restructuring and design.

“We’re thrilled,” says Abigail deRoo, Zeeland’s city marketing director. ‘I see this as providing an outlet for training for city staff that works with our downtown, and training for our downtown board members and our volunteers.”

Before deRoo joined Zeeland’s city staff last year she was Main Street Manager for the City of Clare. After moving to Zeeland, deRoo established four municipal committees based on the four components of Main Street training (organization, promotion, economic restructuring and design), and immediately applied for Main Street status.

“The program provides a strong network of Michigan downtown leaders,” deRoo says. “It gives cities the opportunities to use templates other communities have used successfully to drive their economies and urban designs, so we won’t be reinventing the wheel. And we’ll be able to use the program’s listserv to communicate and find out what other cities have done [to strengthen their downtowns].”

Each committee will train only in its specific area of expertise, attending free daylong classes in Lansing.

Three other West Michigan cities/business districts were also named to the MMS program: Grand Rapids “Uptown,” Belding and Plainwell.

Since its inception in 2003, MMS has spurred some $27 million in private investment and created an estimated 338 jobs in 13 cities.

“We’re just excited to be part of it,” deRoo says. “The state recognizes that Zeeland is committed to improving our downtown and we want to use any and every tool available to us.”

Source: Abigail deRoo, City of Zeeland

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Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

Grand Rapids fundraiser promotes the blues to cure cancer

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

Cancer took Becky Bunting’s father at age 50 and, four years ago, the disease took her 53-year-old brother, too. That’s when Bunting decided to do something to help advance cancer research and cancer support organizations. So she founded Blue Persuasion, a Grand Rapids fundraising non-profit initially designed to raise money by selling ‘blue’ things like bottled water or blue-plate specials at area restaurants.

Now Bunting, 49, has added blues music concerts to reach a new audience for the three organizations she supports: Make A Wish Foundation of Michigan, Thirsting to Serve and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grand Rapids.

“Every event makes money for all three groups,” Bunting says. “We’re trying to enhance what these organizations are already doing. We want to reach a part of the population that may not already be making donations, and to make it fun. Blues music speaks to the heart because it’s fun and it gets people motivated.”

A concert last winter at River City Slim’s featured the local Thirsty Perch Blues Band. But Bunting’s next event, the 2008 Dance of Life Celebration, features Thirsty Perch plus two national blues bands, Eric Lindell from New Orleans and The Homemade Jamz Band, an internationally acclaimed trio of siblings aged 9, 13 and 15, from Tupelo, MS.

“I don’t know of anyone else who’s doing blues concerts to bring people together for a great cause,” Bunting adds. “We have to do more to keep cancer from affecting our lives, and our children’s and grandchildren’s lives.”

Source: Becky Bunting, Blue Persuasion 

Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

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