Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland
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For more information or event questions:

Contact Lina Pierson, Communications Associate at 616-994-8854 or via email.

2018 Fall Celebration of Philanthropy

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Each year, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area hosts an annual fall event to celebrate members of our community whose philanthropy is creating lasting positive change in our region. This event is an important opportunity to come together to support charitable giving and build awareness of our work to build our community’s endowment and help donors achieve their charitable goals.

This annual event brings together more than 600 community leaders and Foundation supporters for an evening of celebrating our community's generosity while enjoying grazing-style dining from a number of the area's best restaurants, bakeries, and caterers.



Event Location

The 2018 event will again be held at the Eldean Boat Shed, 2223 South Shore Drive.

 Special thanks to the Eldean Family and the Eldean Shipyard for generously donating the venue and being willing to host us!


Event Details

Join us for A Growing Promise at the Eldean Boat Shed! Celebrate our community's generosity while enjoying an evening of grazing featuring cuisine from the area's finest restaurants and live music!

The social hour with appetizers and cocktails will begin at 5:30pm. Dinner will be available at 6:00pm with program to follow at 7:30pm.

We strongly encourage guests to arrive as close to 5:30pm as possible to maximize time to connect with other attendees prior to the grazing-style dinner and the program.

Complimentary valet parking is available and generously provided by At Your Service Valet.

View the printed invitation as a PDF

Email Lina if you'd like a printed invite or additional invites mailed to you.


Ticket Information/Purchase Tickets/RSVP

Event tickets are $150/person. 75% of the ticket cost is tax-deductible. Thanks to a generous sponsor, we offer a half-price discount to young professionals and first-time event attendees.

Table sponsorship pricing begins at $2,000 for a reserved table of 8 with table tent acknowledgment, and recognition on event program and website. (90% tax-deductible).

Note: The nametag at the event entrance will serve as your ticket. There are no physical event tickets.

  • Call CFHZ at 616-994-8854 and you can pay via credit card over the phone, or can give your contact info and name(s) as they should appear on nametag and mail in a check.

Please RSVP by September 5th! RSVP to

What to Wear

Attire is smart casual/business casual. Have fun and let your clothing reflect your personal taste in fashion. Jeans are accepted as well as suits.

How does this grazing event work?

Many of the area's finest restaurants will provide a variety of small plate entrées and desserts following a lively cocktail hour and appetizers.

Note: If you miss the appetizer hour, you may not get to sample some of the restaurant creations as they will likely not still be available during dinner!

What if I have special dietary restrictions?

We work with the restaurants to ensure that there are multiple options available for those that are vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free. These items will be indicated on the event menus along with the menu item descriptions. Additional questions can be directed to Lina at or 616-994-8854. The restaurant staff present at each station will also be happy to answer any questions throughout the evening.


Past Fall Celebration details

2018 Sponsors

Legacy Sponsor


Investor Sponsors

Jack H. Miller

John & Judy Spoelhof Foundation 


Champion Sponsors

Bradford Company


Cunningham Dalman

Fifth Third Bank 

Mike and Rachel Goorhouse

Holland Hospital

Michigan Forestry Co.

Buzz and Lisa Miller

Table Sponsors

At Your Service Valet

The Brooks Family

Anne and Seth Bushouse

Chemical Bank

Tom and Sue Den Herder

Robert DeNooyer Chevrolet

Don's Flowers

Elhart Automotive Campus

Elzinga & Volkers

Family Investment Resource Management, Inc.

First National Bank

GMB Architecture + Engineering

Great Lakes Partners

Hope College

Huntington Bank

IFR, Inc.

Macatawa Bank

Midwest Construction

Haans and Anita Mulder

MKS Wealth Advisors of Raymond James

PNC Bank

Shops at Westshore

Ben and Judy Smith

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital

Scott & Jan Spoelhof

Bob and Deb Sterken

Town & Country Group


West Michigan Community Bank 

West Michigan Transport

WGVU Public Media

Zeeland Ace Hardware

Zeeland Farm Services

Annual Luncheon

Our 2018 annual luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center. This event usually fills to capacity with 350 in attendance. This event focuses on highlighting the impact of our Community's Endowment, debuts our latest annual report, and recognizes outgoing trustees.
RSVP by May 9th! 


2017 media coverage

Watch or listen to the 2017 remarks made by President/CEO Mike Goorhouse and Vice President Elizabeth Kidd

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