Friends' 9th Annual Signature Fundraiser

green gala: picnic edition

Join us for a picnic in the park!
aug. 13, 2020
ah-nab-awen park

we'll see you soon!

Our park picnics are all full and every basket is claimed! We are so grateful for your support and can’t wait to celebrate our city’s amazing outdoor spaces together.

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frequently asked questions

What are my options for picnic times at the park?

Friends will host two picnics at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Aug. 13. When ordering your basket, you can choose:

    • 5:30-7:30 p.m. (great for our supporters with young kids!)
    • 8:00-10:00 p.m. (for the night owls)
    • OR opt to pick up your basket in our drive-thru line Ah-Nab-Awen Park at and take it home to enjoy

What is the entertainment for the night?

    • Local DJ, A.B., is our emcee and host for the night.
    • Other live entertainment will include members of The Diatribe, Drew Behringer, Jordan Hamilton, J. Rob and Bedrock: The Foundation and Dancespire

What is the rain plan?

    • Because baskets are pre-packaged and ready to take home, you can participate no matter what the weather holds! Should it rain, all guests will receive instructions for drive-thru basket pick-up from Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

Green Gala: Picnic Edition will be held at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Free parking will be offered in the Ellis Parking lot off Monroe, at the north end of the park. 

  • If you are staying in the park to picnic with us, please park in the West Lot
  • If you are picking up your basket to take it home, please follow the drive-thru line marked in the East Lot

What precautions are being taken to ensure safety?

    • Every attendee will receive a face mask and hand sanitizer in their basket
    • Tickets for each picnic time are limited to ensure crowds will not exceed 100 people at a time
    • We’ve built in a 30-minute buffer between picnic times to minimize crowd overlap
    • Friends will pre-determine and mark separate “picnic spots” for each party using chalk circles, to ensure social distancing
    • We ask that each picnic spot be occupied by members of the same household (no more than 6 people)
    • There will be a hand-washing station with antibacterial soap on-site
    • Yard signs will be posted throughout the space with reminders to maintain a safe distance, wear a mask and sanitize

I or my company are already a sponsor. How do I reserve my included picnic baskets?

    • The company contact who submitted the sponsorship will receive a special Sponsor Code. Each of your guests should enter this code at checkout for your discount to be applied.
    • If you have questions or need a sponsor code, please email tori@friendsofgrparks.org.

How do I purchase a ticket?

    • Our “Picnic Basket for 2” listed above serves as a ticket to this year’s event on Aug. 13 – and admits two adults to the park!
    • Click “Select Options” to view the menu and make your selections (dietary restrictions, drinks and choice of picnic time in the park).
    • Click “View Cart” to complete your reservation and pay for your basket!

Can my child attend?

    • Absolutely! Green Gala: Picnic Edition is a family-friendly event. In fact, we’re offering an earlier 5:30-7:30 park picnic time to allow families to join before the kids need to be in bed!
    • Simply order a “Add-On: Kids’ Basket” alongside your adult basket.

What is included in a ticket (“Picnic Basket for 2”)?

    • Dinner and dessert for two adults
    • Two Boxed Waters and two drinks of your choice (four soda flavors, or beer or cider for guests 21+)
    • Optional admission for two adults to Friends’ park picnic to socialize and enjoy live entertainment.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

    • No problem! We have gluten-free and vegan options for all baskets. Just make your selection when ordering!

How do I know my purchase was completed?

    • You will receive a confirmation email from us, and can view past orders on your Account page in our Shop.
the perfect picnic spot

2020 sponsors

Playground Sponsors

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.   |  LaFleur MarketingLake Michigan Credit Union  |  Paradise Foundation

Nature Path Sponsors

Meijer Orion Construction  |  Pioneer Construction  |
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss  |  Viridis Design Group

Tree Sponsors

Atomic Object  |  Elizabeth Welch & Brian Schwartz  |  John Hunting  | 
Kennari Consulting  |  Laurie & Don Gardner  |  Tower Pinkster  Verizon

sponsorship opportunities

Tree Sponsor

$ 750
  • 2 Picnic Baskets (for 2)
  • Name in Event Welcome Card
  • Logo & Link on Friends' Website

Nature Path Sponsor

$ 1,250
  • 4 Picnic Baskets (for 2)
  • Logo in Event Welcome Card
  • Logo & Link on Friends' Website
  • Post Mention on Friends' Facebook

Playground Sponsor

$ 2,500
  • 6 Picnic Baskets (for 2)
  • Logo in Event Welcome Card
  • Logo & Link on Friends' Website
  • Post Mention on Friends' Facebook
  • Swag Item Inside Picnic Baskets
  • Logo on Yard Sign at Basket Pick-Up
  • Stage Mention During Event Program

Park Sponsor

$ 5,000
  • 8 Picnic Baskets (for 2)
  • Logo & Profile in Event Welcome Card
  • Logo & Link on Friends' Website
  • Post Mention on Friends' Facebook
  • Swag Item Inside Picnic Baskets
  • Logo on Yard Sign at Basket Pick-Up
  • Stage Mention During Event Program
  • Feature Spotlight to Friends' Email List