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All posts categorized “Stories of Giving” (19)

February 5, 2020
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The Johnsons

It takes the better part of 12 hours to drive from Crewe, Va. to Grand Rapids. But what makes the trip especially worthwhile for Crewe residents Chuck and Linda Johnson is knowing…

February 5, 2020
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The Boers

“Whoa! That’s in West Michigan?!” And Bill Boer answers with a nod. “It sure is.” Bill and his wife, Laurie, love sharing that sort of reaction from people they meet while…

July 1, 2019
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The Trowbridges

On the surface, it might not appear there’s much in common between Rotary Clubs and Meijer Gardens and the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation. But if you were…

July 1, 2019
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The Eckerts

When it comes to chronicling the ways in which Chris and Deanna Eckert have contributed to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation and the Gardens the big question…

July 1, 2019
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The Juliens

In a somewhat whimsical way, one special couple in our midst gives back to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and its Foundation in what you might describe as “The…

August 13, 2018
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Building with a Heart for Others

For Ken Terpstra and Ken Bandstra, the secret to the success of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is that it “keeps moving forward” “I was on a college board in…

August 13, 2018
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Building Dreams as a Team

Some things were just meant to be – like Mary Vonk and David Mapes meeting – of all places – at a Meijer store. Today, Dave and Mary Mapes have been married nearly 30 years,…

August 13, 2018
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Building to Preserve a Legacy

David Grant Dvorak M.D. and Karol J. Peterson live across from one another on Gull Lake, a 10-minute drive by car, or a 5-minute jaunt by boat. But when this couple wants to…

January 18, 2017
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A Pathway to the “A-Ha!” Moment

Years ago, when visiting his daughter in Chicago, Dale Atkinson often made a side trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden and thought it would be nice if Grand Rapids had a place like…

January 16, 2017
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Choosing a Pathway to Help Others

When Cheryl and Steve Wonch re-wind the story of their lives, the tape settles on a time and place from nearly four decades ago, revealing a preschool in need. “Our kids were…