Grand Rapids Young Professionals is excited to announce the 2019 Gala on Thursday, August 15 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, Jennifer Maxson. Ticket prices include dinner and an open bar. The evening will start at 6pm with a social hour, with the program beginning at 6:40pm. Tickets are $45 until June 30, then $55 beginning July 1.

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Social period: 6:00pm
Program and dinner begins: 6:40pm
Ticket cost: $55

Award Winners

Brooke Hotchkiss, WGVU

Raising the Bar Award

Ashley Ward, Hire for Hope

Entrepreneur of the Year

George Davis III, WGVU

Community Advocate Award

Rotary Club of Grand Rapids

Mentor Organization of the Year

Young Professional of the Year Finalists

Join us at the Gala to find out who won our top award this year!

Sara Knoester,

Mixed Staffing

Ashley Rene Lee,

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Charlie Wondergem,


Thanks to our 2019 Gala Sponsors!

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Blue Bridge Sponsors

Community Partners