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Eagles Always Rise

As we look back on a century of God’s faithfulness to GRCS, we also look forward to another century of inspiring, preparing,
and encouraging future generations. Rooted in the promise in Isaiah 40:31, we find ourselves energized to help our students
rise to every challenge, rise to every occasion, and rise to new heights in their faith. Join us for an evening of celebration at
the DeVos Place as together we declare Eagles Always Rise.

We will also honor our 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Thomas DeJonge, Superintendent of Grand Rapids
Christian Schools, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Parents, alumni, and friends are invited to join us for this special event. While there is no cost to attend, donations
will be received and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Honorary Committee
David and Carol Van Andel
James and Shirley Balk
Bill and Laurie Boer
Cheri DeVos
Dan and Pamella DeVos
Dick and Betsy DeVos
Doug and Maria DeVos
Ted and Barb Etheridge
Ron and Debra Haan
James and Barbara Haveman
Olivia Haverkamp (2001-2020)
Paul and Rose Heule
Cate and Sid Jansma, Jr.
Doug and Kathy Kool
Doug (1931-2021) and Lois Nagel
Mark Peter
Isabella Brady-Peters
Rick and Deb Start
Thomas and Mary Stuit
Dave and Kelly Tuit
Rick and Mary Vanden Berg
Daniel and AnnMarie VanEerden
Mike and Gayle VanGessel
Bob and Grace VanTimmeren
Max and Carol Van Wyk
Tom and Laurie Welch

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Title Sponsor

David and Carol Van Andel Family Foundation

Visionary Sponsors

Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
fifth third bank

Innovation Sponsors

Ron and Jodi Alvesteffer 

Leadership Sponsors

Bill and Laurie Boer

Calvin University
Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation

Caleb and Amy Doezema

Etheridge Group

Brad Haverkamp

Innovia Wealth

Kool Automotive Group

Doug and Kathy Kool

Lois Nagel

Mark Peters and Isabella Brady-Peters

Henry and Dorothy 

Rick and Deb Start

Dave and Kelly Tuit

Weather Shield Roofing Systems

Mission Sponsors


John and Ginny Baysore

Ken and Ilse Bogard

Bricks Alto Marathon

The Brouwers Agency Insurance
Christian Schools International

Tom and Jacquie DeJonge

Scott and Kaitlin DeMaagd

Jim and Barb Haveman


Harland Holman and Kira Sieplinga

Bob and Paulette Israels

Jamie and Becky Kuiper

Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Miller Johnson Attorneys

Khan and Liza Nedd

OVD Insurance
Pediatric Dental Specialists

Tom and Mary Stuit


Brett and Jessica Dekkinga

Glenn and Nancy Triezenberg

Mike and Gayle VanGessel

Bob and Grace VanTimmeren

Dave and Jodi VanWingerden


for questions and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Dana Stenstrom

Director of Events
616.340.8440 |




Tom DeJonge

Director of Communications

Megan Gritter

Director of Development

Amanda Matthews

Director of Events

Dana Stenstrom