Annual GRYP Gala

Grand Rapids Young Professionals is excited to announce the 2018 Gala on October 11th hosted at the New Vintage place!

Join us as we recognize young professionals who have stood out among peers. We will award local young professionals from the Greater Grand Rapids area that have been nominated by friends and colleagues in various categories, representing some of the best in the Grand Rapids young professional world.

In addition to awards, we will hear from our guest speaker, Sara Knoester. Sarah is the president of Mixed Staffing, where she strives to impact the community by helping others to land that dream job.

Ticket prices include dinner and one drink ticket. The evening will start at 6 pm with a social hour, with the program beginning at 7 pm.

Tickets are $35 until Sept. 15, then $45 until Sept. 27. RSVP here.

2018 Gala Awards

Take a moment to scroll through this year’s award categories. Entries will be accepted through September 14th at 11:30 pm.


Raising the Bar Award

Nominations for Gala awards have ended.



This award will recognize someone who is not satisfied with the status quo. Whether it’s by creating something new or finding an innovative way to utilize an existing method, these people are constantly raising the bar within their organizations and/or community.






Community Advocate Award

Nominations for Gala awards have ended.


Grand Rapids is a fun, vibrant city to live and work in. This award acknowledges an individual that serves as a resource, educating others about the community, and promotes active engagement in local living. This individual is dedicated to the development of our community and a supporter in giving back.



Mentor Organization of the Year

Nominations for Gala awards have ended.

This organization is a firm believer in the growth and development of its young professional population. They strive to support and provide opportunities in leadership development.



Social Media Aficionado Award

Nominations for Gala awards have ended.

Though it has become universal, there are some people who really stand out as champions of social media. This award will honor someone who utilizes these tools to increase business, further a worthy cause, or build their personal brand.



Entrepreneur Award

Nominations for Gala awards have ended.

This award recognizes those that aren’t afraid of a challenge. Taking risks, being bold and paving their own way are just a few characteristics of this individual. Whether it’s starting their own company or creating new niche this individual is one of a kind.



Young Professional of the Year

Nominations for Gala awards have ended.

This award is for the true all-star of the Grand Rapids community. We’re looking for the best of the best. The recipient will have made a substantial, visible impact within their organization and within the community as a whole.



Thursday, October 11, 2018
Social hour: 6:00pm
Program and dinner begins: 7:00pm
Ticket cost: $35-45

Thanks to our 2018 Gala Sponsors!

Diamond Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors



Community Sponsor


Community Partners