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Rapidian community celebration to recognize civic investors

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Join us in celebrating our annual fund drive at the Richard App Gallery in East Hills. The event is this Friday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

/Eric Tank

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Civic investor sticker

Civic investor sticker /Eric Tank

The event this year will take place at the Richard App Gallery

The event this year will take place at the Richard App Gallery /Richard and Robert App

On Friday, April 18 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The Rapidian will present its annual community celebration, this year hosted by the Richard App Gallery. The event is part of a two week fund drive campaign that started on Monday and lasts through April 25. 

“We at the gallery are proud to support The Rapidian and are grateful for its support to our community,” says gallery owner, Richard App. “What excites me about hosting this event here is I believe there will be a wide range of guests showing up because The Rapidian casts such a wide net with the variety of topics it covers.”

Our celebration is made possible by the generosity and donations of many local businesses. Local merchant of heritage meats, Duba and Company, will be catering the event, providing sliders made from specialty heritage breed beef. Neighborhood favorite Marie Catrib's will provide side dishes. Belgian inspired beer from East Hills' Brewery Vivant will be on tap along with wines from Art of the Table. Matthew Russell of Wednesday Evening Cookies will be providing desserts. Gluten free options for slider buns and cookies will be available, as well as vegan sliders from Kangaroo Kitchen.

Throughout the course of our two-week fund drive, we will highlight 12 civic investors including Roberta King, Derek Coppess and Diana Sieger. Attendees will have a chance to meet many of these civic investors at the event.

Along with the chance to get together with local civic investors and the broader Rapidian community, a sneak peek at The Rapidian's second video, this one about how to build a strong local food economy, will be shown at 6 p.m. The video will not be available to the public until Saturday online, but attendees get a chance to see it in advance.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome in person or via online

Rapidian investors will also be celebrated when they make a donation. Donations over $10 will be thanked for their investment with "Civic Investor" stickers. Donations at $25 and above will be able to choose gift certificates from over 25 local businesses and restaurants, such as Grand Rapids Brewing CompanyPropaganda DoughnutsHave CompanyCheeky Strut and the Fulton Street Farmers Market.

The community celebration will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free to attend. Please RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite.

Where and when:

Richard App Gallery

910 Cherry St SE

Friday, April 18

4:30-7:30 p.m.

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