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Black Tie Blue Jeans 2020


Grand Rapids Christian’s [VIRTUAL] fundraising event

[details coming soon!]



In the interest of public health and safety and in light of recent statewide school closure, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel Black Tie Blue Jeans 2020.

Despite the event cancellation, we still would like to acknowledge each of the individuals who were to be honored at Black Tie Blue Jeans: the inaugural Eagle Impact Award recipient, Tom Welch, and 2020 Richard M. DeVos Distinguished Alumni award recipient, Olivia Haverkamp, ‘19.

Look for a forthcoming communication about a virtual event that is being planned — more information to come!

Please consider a gift to the Eagles Fund and supporting Black Tie Blue Jeans. Your gift would provide immediate resources to impact students, programs and strengthen our faculty, in addition to making a Grand Rapids Christian education accessible. 

An investment in Grand Rapids Christian Schools, helps us to respond to unprecedented moments like this. As a school system, we believe our responsibility during this time is to prioritize the health and well-being of our GRCS community and support our local health and government officials as they work to contain and mitigate the virus. We are blessed that technology, made possible by our donors, allows us to simultaneously continue to educate and stay in contact with our students by providing off-campus learning experiences beyond the boundaries of the classroom.  

Be assured that during these rapidly changing times the staff of Grand Rapids Christian Schools will continue to work towards fulfilling the mission of preparing our students to be effective servants of Christ. 

While we do not know what tomorrow may bring, we serve a God who does. He has the whole world in His hands. He not only sees tomorrow, He sees next week, next month, and next year. 



The Eagle Impact Award is presented annually to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service in advancing the mission of Grand Rapids Christian Schools.

Eagle Impact Award recipients have used their gifts and resources to enrich our programs, strengthen our faculty, and make a Grand Rapids Christian education accessible to more students and families. In doing so, they have made lasting contributions to the Grand Rapids Christian Schools community and impacted students for generations to come.

Eagle Impact Award Recipient & Keynote Speaker

Tom Welch
President of Fifth Third Bank

Tom Welch

We are honored to present the inaugural Eagle Impact Award to  Tom Welch, president of Fifth Third Bank and Grand Rapids Christian Schools parent.

Tom and his wife, Laurie, arrived in Grand Rapids in 2014 with their family to continue his career with Fifth Third Bank. Grand Rapids Christian stood out to them as the best choice for their children’s education.

As president of Fifth Third Bank, Tom is passionate about strengthening families and building a stronger community. He believes strongly that the Bank is an instrument for good work in the community to ensure that all kids and families, regardless of financial background, have access to all that Grand Rapids has to offer.


The Richard M. DeVos Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to recognize alumni of Grand Rapids Christian Schools who embody the Schools' values, characteristics, and commitment to being servants of Christ in contemporary society. This award serves to bring honor to the school community and advance the mission of the Schools.

The award is named in honor of Richard M. DeVos in recognition of his shared devotion to Christian education and his generous support to various non-profit organizations that have benefited individuals worldwide. Richard and his wife, Helen, have strengthened our schools, revitalized our spirits, and impacted lives for generations to come.

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Olivia Haverkamp
Olivia Haverkamp
Class of 2019

Olivia Haverkamp

This year, we are pleased to present the 2020 Richard M. DeVos Distinguished Alumni Award in honor of 2019 Grand Rapids Christian High School graduate, Olivia Anne Haverkamp.  

While a student at Grand Rapids Christian High School, Olivia courageously battled cancer, and on January 26, 2020,, she went home to be with the Lord.

Olivia boldly professed her love for Jesus, and because of this love, she very publicly decided to choose joy throughout her battle with cancer. Her determination to live every day with gratitude was an inspiration to all of us who knew her. More importantly, her joy was a testimony of her love for Jesus Christ and His love for her.

Olivia embodied all that it means to be a Grand Rapids Christian High School student.  We celebrate Olivia’s life, her determination, courage, love of learning, and indelible kindness. And we will honor her life by following her example.



Doug & Lois Nagel

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For more information on event sponsorship opportunities click HERE, please contact La’Leatha Spillers, Director of Development, at 616.574.6017 or






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