Junior League Gala

2021 GALA

This May, the gala will be virtual because of continued safety concerns around large group gatherings.  While league members and community members won’t be meeting in person, the league will be hosting a wonderful virtual program.  This event will honor JLGR sustainer Susan K. Jones, who is an award-winning professor and marketing professional.  We will also celebrate all the work the league has done since the pandemic and raise critical funds to support our future impact in the community.  This incredible program will also include an opportunity for attendees to invest in our mission by making their gift online.


How can you attend?

There are two main options for attendance: virtual sponsor levels or individual registration.

To purchase tickets or sponsor the event, please click here.

Virtual sponsorship deadline is March 30th.  Individual registration is by April 30th.

Can’t attend but would like to invest in the mission of the Junior League of Grand Rapids?

Please make your gift online here.

Any questions about the event?  Please contact 2021 Gala Chair Theresa Osmer at juniorleaguegala@gmail.com or call Junior League of Grand Rapids office at 616.606.0873

Individual registration includes access to the program intended for those who would like to view the gala in their homes without hosting additional guests or receiving sponsorship recognition benefits.  The cost of registration is $20 and will help underwrite the production costs of the event.  Individual registration will be available until April 30th.

Why are we charging for attendance at a virtual event?

The cost of registration is used to help underwrite the production cost of the event.


Since 2016, the Junior League of Grand Rapids has held an annual spring gala.  The purpose of this event is to honor a sustainer for her legacy of service to the community and to raise funds for the mission of the Junior League of Grand Rapids.  The event includes sponsorship opportunities as well as a live ask during the program.  Past honorees include the late Deb Bailey, Judy Frey, Pat Waring, and Louise “Punky” Edison.  In 2020, the league cancelled the annual gala under the guidance of several government and health agency restrictions on gathering in large groups.  The decision to cancel that event was difficult, but the work of our league continued and we have spent the past year continuing to serve our community and support our partners.


Thank you to our generous 2021 JLGR Gala Sponsors! Your support has allowed us to continue to work towards our mission of improving children’s physical health. Your loyalty during this time is appreciated and will impact the lives of our youngest community members!

Mercantile Bank 

One of the pieces of Mercantile Bank’s mission statement is to serve the community. The Junior League of Grand Rapids has seen first hand the impact of Mercantile Bank’s generosity and the way they empower their employees and board members to get involved to make the community a better place. We wanted to give a special ‘Thank You’ to Mercantile Bank for continuing to support our league, even when we have had to change course or cancel events. Your giving has not gone unnoticed and will allow us to continue our mission to improve children’s physical health for years to come! Thank you!

Other sponsors include:

Denise Essenberg

Ferris State University

Give ‘Em a Brake Safety

Insignia Homes

Susan K. Jones

May Strategy Group

Christina Rosloniec 

Kim Rossi



If you have questions or want to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact a member of the Junior League of Grand Rapids jlgrdonordevelopment@gmail.com and a someone will respond with sponsorship information.

To view our sponsorship form, please click here.


To view photos from previous Gala events, please visit our Facebook page.