As the Local First Street Party enters its 12th year, we’d like to take a step back and appreciate the community members who’ve made (and continue to make) the event possible. The Street Party, our largest fundraiser of the year, would not be possible without the help, support, and dedication of our nearly 100 volunteers. There are a few people that we would like to thank personally:
James Berg, Brad Teachout, Doug Berg, & Julie Wise support Local First in a myriad of ways, including running the beverage tents, the sponsor deck, and hosting the event space. The Essence Restaurants team is an essential partner – the Local First Street Party literally wouldn’t exist without them!
Without the work of Nate Gillette, we wouldn’t have any volunteers! Thank you, Nate, for recruiting and organizing 100+ people! (And thanks to his former counterpart, Roxanne O’Neil, for coordinating volunteers before him.)
Rob McCarty, Craig Clark, and Emily Loeks are longtime sponsors and event strategists – they can be counted upon to come up with a new ways to engage greater portions of the Grand Rapids community.
Nate Cohn and Josh Dunigan are our entertainment gurus. These two help select bands and performance artists, and they coordinate the sound stage.
Guy Bazzani and Doris Drain have managed the ticket tent for nearly eight years. This high stress and much needed job is crucial!
Todd Tofferi seamlessly coordinates all of the logistics within the City, helps us attain our stage, event permits, etc.
Local First is about celebrating community – and it takes a community of people to make that possible. Without the help of these terrific localists, the Street Party wouldn’t be nearly as amazing as it has grown to be! A huge THANK YOU to everyone involved! We look forward to celebrating with you on Saturday!