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The Network to throw annual fundraising gala

The Network, an LGBTQA resource center, will throw its annual fundraising gala February 22. The gala will help fund continued LGBTQA involvement in the Grand Rapids Community.

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Guests interact at a previous Network fundraiser.

Guests interact at a previous Network fundraiser. /Courtesy of The Network

Silent auction items from a previous year's gala

Silent auction items from a previous year's gala /Courtesy of The Network

The Network will be throwing its 2014 fundraiser called The Network Gala on Saturday February 22 from 4-7 p.m. at the Goei Center. The event formerly known as “Saving One Life” has changed its name to "The Network Gala," after The Network merged with West Michigan Pride this year.

The Network is a LGBTQA resource center in Grand Rapids that works to provide support and a friendly environment for members of the LGBTQA community to thrive. This includes support groups such as Own Your Gender, Allies Coming Together and a youth group called Arcus.

“The proceeds mainly go to funding our programming, but also rent. [It supports] keeping our lights on, keeping the heat on for our groups. These groups need somewhere to go where they know they're not going to get judged or harassed, but supported,” says Network Executive Director Christina Wade.

The event will feature a silent and live auction, along with an a cappella performance by Grand Valley State University group GrooVe!. There will be hor d'oeuvres, a martini bar, a cash bar and a dessert reception.

Tickets for the event are $130 for a couple or $75 per person in advance. Tickets the day of the event will be $180 for a couple or $100 per person. Two drink tickets are provided for each ticket holder.

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