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Black Tie Blue Jeans is the signature fundraising event for Grand Rapids Christian Schools, and on March 21st 2019 families, friends, and supporters of Grand Rapids Christian Schools gathered in support of the Eagles Fund.

Each and every gift given to the Eagles Fund provides immediate resources that have a long lasting impact on our students — students like Ade, Tommy, and Isaac.

This is your Eagle Impact

Attendees of this year's event heard these stories of student success, challenges from the 2019 Richard M. DeVos Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Rick and Deb Start, and were wowed by entertainment from the technology dance group, iLuminate!

Richard M. DeVos Distinguished Alumni Award

GRCHS Distinguished Alumni Award Logo
2019 Rick and Deb Start

The 2019 Richard M. DeVos Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Rick and Deb Start ('76) in recognition of their devotion to Christian education and generous support of various organizations that benefit individuals in our local community and worldwide.  Through leadership and investment of their time and resources, Rick and Deb have strengthened our schools and our community and have impacted our students for generations to come. 

Black Tie Blue Jeans 2019 Event Photos

We are close to reaching our fundraising goal for Black Tie Blue Jeans, but we need your help!  With your gift, you are helping support the hundreds of students who are receiving tuition assistance from Grand Rapids Christian Schools and the over 450 students who are receiving Student Support Services, and enhancing the educational experience for all of our students.


We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses who generously sponsored Black Tie Blue Jeans 2019.  With their help, we are able to continue to work towards fulfilling our mission of preparing students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society.


Doug & Lois Nagel


Fifth Third Bank Logo



Rick & Deb Start

Tom & Mary Stuit

Weather Shield Roofing Systems Logo


Black Tie Sponsor
Thomas S. Fox Family
Henry and Dorothy Schierbeek
Max and Carol VanWyk
Take His Hand Foundation
Macatawa Bank Logo
Schuil Coffee Co Logo Roast in Michigan Est. 1981
Van Eerden Food Service Logo


Applied Imaging Logo
Beene Garter LLP Logo
BHS Insurance Logo
City National Rochdale Logo
Miller Johnson Attorneys Logo
Rockford Construction Logo
Wayne Dornbush
Ron & Heidi Hofman
Greg & Carol Jeltema
Dave & Kelly Tuit
Mike & Gayle VanGessel
Bob & Grace VanTimmeren
Dave & Jodi VanWingerden
Samuel L. Westerman Foundation
Ben & Jen Wickstrom
Alles Law Logo
Calvin College Logo
Harrison Gray Search and Consulting Logo
Kool Auto Group Logo 2018
Meijer Logo
Varnum Attorneys at Law Logo




Tom DeJonge

Director of Communications

Megan Gritter

Director of Development

Amanda Matthews

Director of Events

Dana Stenstrom