The Community Foundation for Muskegon has an annual event to welcome one and all to the Frauenthal for an evening of celebration as well as some engaging programming to learn about and to present an honor to a community member who's level of commitment to all of us has stood out above and beyond. The 2023 event is happening November 14th beginning at 6p and it's shaping up to be an amazing night of togetherness, learning and honoring someone who's selfless efforts were seen state wide in a time when many were in search of such leadership. Their efforts "not seen" double that too.
Let's begin with the arrival. 6p you are invited to enjoy snacks, beverages and a little networking while people mingle about. It's an awesome chance to catch up with friends, see the Frau and get a taste of what's new there. A huge renovation took place over the summer with the "workings" of the theater with upgrades to the production system and stage area. If you saw any of the pictures with all of the seating out, you know it was a busy summer with a lit of work. They also have set the lower part aside in the Frau for special events. The Frau Lounge can accommodate a nice group and is amazing for an intimate gathering. It's been a busy "off season".
At 7 the program begins. Jerry Craft is the Keynote Speaker this year. From his website - "JERRY CRAFT is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels New Kid and Class Act. New Kid is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020); the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020). Jerry was born in Harlem and grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City." Jerry is a highly renown and highly sought after speaker and his coming to Muskegon is part of Jerry's visit to the Michigan NEA's "Big Read" event happening at Hope College. He's coming to see us in person courtesy of the Muskegon Area District Library. We'll take the honor. Speaking of honors....
Kathy Moore is this years recipient if the Community Foundation Impact Award. Kathy Moore is the Administrative Health Officer and Public Health Director for Muskegon County. Her "day job" is that but behind the scenes she serves on multiple boards that help make this entire community run and her dedication to leading by example was highlighted not so long ago when she set a standard that not many in the state even thought of. Kathy's relentless work in the COVID pandemic to inform and protect those who wanted the updated information as fast as she could get it was seen by other governmental agencies all over the state. Not only did she manage the broadcasts with ease and professionalism, she also kept a somewhat small department on task and when the ability to help came finally with vaccinations for those who wished, Muskegon moved like clockwork at almost every site provided. Kathy's outstanding service deserves this recognition beyond all words.
This is a free event to attend. They are asking for an RSVP to provide an accurate count to the caterer for the food. PLEASE CLICK HERE IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING.
It's a great night of community togetherness and valuable information. We hope to see you there.