Community Spirit Awards 10.5.17 

DeVos Convention Center

303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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Community Spirit Awards

Each year we celebrate the work of many individuals and organizations inspiring change in our community. Last year over 350 individuals gathered for the 8th Annual Community Spirit Awards. Nine incredible organizations and individuals were recognized for their contributions and local leaders and residents were able to glean from the wisdom of inclusion expert Van Jones. In 2017, LINC Up will be inviting residents to hear from keynote speaker, Rev. Alvin Herring and celebrate the incredible work being done all across the community. In addition to honoring organizations and individuals for their significant impact on October 5, LINC Up will be concluding the Community Spirit Awards and kicking off the Empowered Communities Conference with a reception, immediately following the banquet. The Empowered Communities Conference brings together representatives from all sectors, as well as resident leaders to participate in a 1- day conference to engage in thought-provoking dialogue for improved outcomes for all.

Learn more about the Empowered Communities Conference!

Featuring Community Spirit Award Banquet Keynote Speaker - Alvin Herring

Alvin Herring is director of racial equity and community engagement at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, MI. Herring provides strategic oversight for the Racial Equity and Community Engagement team and grant portfolios related to racial equity, racial healing and community engagement that advance the foundation’s mission. On the enterprise level, he actively guides the integration of community engagement and racial equity into all aspects of the foundation’s national grantmaking strategy and place-based efforts in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans.

Prior to joining the foundation, Herring was the deputy director/senior leader at the PICO National Network. He also previously held positions as the executive director for the Working Interfaith Network in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a community organizer for the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization in Richmond, California; the principal and lead consultant for Side By Side in Alameda, California; the executive director for the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice in Louisville, Kentucky; and was the dean of students/assistant vice president for student life at the University of Louisville.


Parking is available in the parking lot located underneath DeVos Place - entrance located on Michigan Street ($1.50 per half hour, $15 daily maximum) or the Government Parking lot at 300 Monroe Ave NW ($1.25 per half hour, $12 daily maximum).

Street/Metered (enforcement: M - F, 8 AM - 5 PM) parking is available in the surrounding area.

See Map for details regarding other parking options or call The City of Grand Rapids Parking Services at 616-456-3290.

Visit the DASH website for information on the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) which is a “FREE bus service that provides Downtown workers and visitors with a convenient way to travel throughout the Downtown Grand Rapids area. Download the DASH Services Map (PDF).”

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