Fundraisers

SUPPORTING OUR MISSION EACH YEAR

Held annually each September during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, i understand hosts a special event in Grand Rapids, Michigan to support our mission. This celebration includes a live music performance, engaging speakers and the presentation of Butterfly Awards, i understand's recognition of people in the community making a positive difference in the lives of others while working to eliminate stigma and judgement. Congratulations to our Butterfly Award recipients: Craig Welch IV (2015), David Buth (2016), Dana Christian Lee (2017)

The "Love Heals" Lecture Series signature event is an evening with a celebrity mental health advocate and speaker to raise awareness and funds for i understand's mission and work in the community. Academy Award nominated actress, author, and mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Celebration Dinner at Watermark Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 20.  
Thank you to the 2017 Celebration Dinner sponsors: The Meijer Foundation, Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, Comfort Research, Gordon Food Service, J Salon, Rock Kauffman, Don and Nancy Lubbers, Elizabeth Nickels, Nighthawk Bar & Grill, One Neigh at a Time, Posy Amenities, Sanford House, Kirk and Patti Scranton, TCM Counseling, VIA Design, Scott and Rebecca Wierda, Greg and Meg Willit, Wynne Marketing

 

SPECIAL 'FUN'DRAISERS

Turn up the heat for mental health awareness with a meal inspired by celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain! Reserve your seat for a five course dinner prepared by Chef Chris Perkey (Osteria Rossa) and special guests. Each course will be accompanied by a wine pairing and/or non-alcoholic specialty beverage. Reservations will be taken between 4-7pm for this special evening at Osteria Rossa in downtown Grand Rapids to benefit local mental health non-profit, i understand. Tickets are $125 per person. Upon completing your ticket purchase online through Eventbrite, you will be contacted by Osteria Rossa to confirm your reservation time. Seating is first come, first serve. Thank you for your interest and appetite in supporting mental health awareness!

Click here to reserve your seat today!

 

 



i understand held a spring break themed event with Maui Jim at the Grand Rapids Yacht Club in East Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 9, 2017. Attendees received a stylish pair of Maui Jim sunglasses while supporting i understand!
Special thanks to our "Sunglasses at Night" event sponsors:

     

    Wynne Marketing, Inc.
    Essence Restaurant Group
    Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
    Harvey Lexus Cadillac
    Nighthawk Food & Spirits Catering
    David & Mary Bloye - Grand Rapids Yacht Club Hosts

     

    THIRD PARTY EVENTS

    Thanks to Comfort Research for their gift of $10,000 from Napportunity! 

    Napportunity
    Nap for a cause. Hosted by Comfort Research to benefit i understand.
    Wednesday, September 6, 2017
    11am - 1pm
    Rosa Parks Circle, downtown Grand Rapids, MI


    Are you interested in helping support our mission? Host your own fundraiser to benefit i understand! For more information and ideas, contact us. Email: emily@iunderstandloveheals.com