Grand Rapids Symphony Friends

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We would like to invite anyone in West Michigan who enjoys good music to join the Grand Rapids Symphony Friends.  It is easy and fun and your involvement will directly help support our Grand Rapids Symphony. Our group is now open to both men and women!

We have many fundraisers in which to participate, ranging from one night Concerts and Showcases, to longer term projects like our Cookbooks and Show Houses.  You can find information about our upcoming events under our fundraiser tab or by scrolling below to see some of the more recent events. Also very important to us is education, and the Symphony Friends have many opportunities to help with the Symphony's Education programs and events. Money donated by Symphony Friends is earmarked for use by the Education department of the Symphony.

In 2019 we were able to donate $30,000 to the Grand Rapids Symphony because of hard working members and volunteers of our committee. We hope we can start adding activities back to the schedule in 2021! Thank you to all! 

Please join us May 16, 2022 for dinner at Licari's where 20% of the sales from the evening will be donated to the Symphony! COME ANYTIME FROM 11am-10pm!! You can order ahead for pick up if you don't want to dine in and it can be used at either Licari's location. They require an actual printed coupon so please click the pic to be directed to the PDF. See you there!

Spartan Nash "Direct Your Dollars" 

Interested in an easy way to support your Grand Rapids Symphony? Consider donating your grocery receipts from Family Fare / Spartan Nash to the Symphony Friends who will compile them. For every $150,000 worth of receipts we collect, we can turn them in for a $1000 donation to the Symphony!

Please send receipts to Jan Bennett. Message her here for more info : ( 

Or you can mail your receipts to the Symphony office (attn: Sarah Peterson) 

300 Ottawa Ave, Suite 100

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Neighborhood Concerts with your Grand Rapids Symphony

If this is something you would be interested in sponsoring in your area, please reach out to us to be considered! The Symphony began this series last summer and plans to do it again summer 2021.

If you would like to donate to the Symphony, you can donate through our site by using the donate button at the top of the page, or go directly to the GRS website to learn about the summer match program. CLICK HERE!

Thank you for supporting live music!

TRIVIA NIGHT | POSTPONED! We will update this space when a new date is chosen

We are excited to announce our upcoming fundraiser: Trivia Night II! After much success last season, we are bringing it back! This event will be at Rezervoir Lounge and feature a night of fun trivia, music, food, a silent auction and so much more...

A list of auction items will soon be available here!

Click here to be directed to our store page where you can buy tickets to the event. $60 per person, OR $200 DEAL for a team of 4.

Symphony Friends was recently featured in the GR Symphony's blog!

Interested in what we do? Check out our past fundraisers!


Well Orchestrated Kitchens - 2018

Our spring fundraiser for 2018 was a kitchen tour Saturday May 5, from 10:00-4:00. This event featured 5 beautiful kitchens in homes around Grand Rapids, as well as 1 additional outdoor kitchen. They were all recently redone or new kitchens, featuring a variety of design aesthetics. Musicians from the Grand Rapids Symphony and Youth Symphony performed and there were demonstrations in each of the locations ranging from cookie decorating to outdoor grilling to olive oil tasting! 

This event raised over $15,000!

Blandford Enchanted - 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraiser at Blandford! It was a great success and we hope to have a continuing relationship with the Center. We were able to raise $15,000 to donate to the Symphony!

Please click the link here to be redirected to our dedicated Blandford Enchanted page.

Rumsey Street Bazaar - 2016

Spring FUNdraiser 2016

Rumsey Street Bazaar

This past June the SF put on an amazing event involving community and fun! We had over 30 community partners, over 50 Women's Committee members participate by donating funds, "stuff" for the Bazaar, or volunteering their time!  We also had over 50 other volunteers and 23 Grand Rapids Symphony musicians playing! Many children from a local school came by to enjoy such activities as instrument making and painting along with music! There were local food trucks and amazing shows each night. Thank you for everyone who came to the bazaar and those who volunteered.  Let us know if you have suggestions for how to make the next bazaar even more amazing!

Click here for the fundraiser page and to see a list of our amazing sponsors

Brookby Enchanted - 2015

We are very happy to report that we raised over $19,000 through this event for the Grand Rapids Symphony!

Click here to be directed to the Brookby Page for more info!

A Well-Orchestrated Kitchen - 2014

We are very excited to report that our recent Fundraiser, A Well-Orchestrated Kitchen at the Amway Grand Plaza, raised approximately $14,000!  Added to what we raised this summer with our Luxury Raffle, we are able to donate $40,000 to the Grand Rapids Symphony!  We are very grateful to all that participated and donated! Click below to see some pictures from the fundraiser.

Congratulations to our D&W Picnic Pops Luxury Raffle Winners!

1.  VIP Plus Guest Pass Once a Week for a Year by Celebration Cinema - Becky Christopher
2.  $1,000 Cash Prize by Grand Rapids Symphony Friends - Jo Carr
3.  Luxury Suite Package by the West Michigan Whitecaps - Lori Caldwell Ritsema
4.  Flowers Once a Month for a Year by Eastern Floral - Keri Splitstone
5.  Two Classical Series Showcase Tickets by the Grand Rapids Symphony - Shari Sherk
6.  One Pair Diamond Stud Earrings by Siegel Jewelers - Nichole Lewis
7.  Progressive Dinner for 8 People at the B.O.B. by Glimore Collection - Nancy Nortier Janisee
8.  "Best of Friends" Spa Package by Design 1 Spa and Salon - Martha Bowman
9.  6 Orchestra Premium Seats to 1 Opera Grand Rapids Performance 2019-2020 Season by Opera Grand Rapids - Nancy Witthoff
10.  Golf for 4, with Carts by Blythefield Country Club - Doug Young
11.  $500 Certificate for any Purchase by Klingman's Furniture & Design - Tracy Breihof

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Or you can donate below via PayPal. Proceeds go to the Grand Rapids Symphony's education programs!

Next meeting:

We are unsure when everyone will be able to gather again, but please check back here for updates!


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