4th Annual GRYP Gala: Celebrate. Connect. Inspire.

Thursday, Aug. 24th at 6 – 8 p.m. (after-party to follow)

Join us as we recognize young professionals who have stood out among peers. We will award six young professionals from the Greater Grand Rapids area. See below for award categories and to nominate any deserving young professionals.

We’re also pleased to welcome Jermale and Anissa Eddie, from Malamiah Juice Bar as this year’s guest speakers. Jermale and Anissa will share their story of how they created the now successful, locally-owned and healthy Malamiah Juice Bar.

Tickets are $40 and include dinner and complimentary valet parking. RSVP here.

2017 Gala Awards

Take a moment to scroll through this year’s award categories, and make sure to nominate any deserving young professionals!


Raising the Bar Award

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

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

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

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

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

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, August 24, 2017
Social Period 6:00pm
Program Begins promptly at 7:00pm
Ticket Cost: $40
Complimentary Valet Parking

Thanks to our 2017 Gala Sponsors!

Diamond Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors


Community Partners