GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) The Kent County Medical Society Alliance is primarily a philanthropic organization raising money for local children’s charities. Several events are held throughout the year, but the largest fundraising effort is the annual Charity Ball for Children. The money raised helps benefit two charities selected yearly as well as for mini grant requests. This year, the two non-profits who benefited from the Charity Ball are Ele’s Place and Baxter Community Center.
Ele’s Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens. Each week, peer support group programs help hundreds of children, ages three through 18, learn how to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend.
The Baxter Community Center works by addressing immediate needs, assisting individuals to become responsible, productive and self-sufficient, and affirming the positive qualities in individuals and the community. The Baxter neighborhood is a community in need. Within the Baxter neighborhood, community members have an annual income of less than $25,000. More than 3,000 of the community’s households had an annual income of less than $15,000.
The KCMSA Foundation also awards mini grants to charities that support and promote the health and well-being of individuals, programs, and organizations in Kent County. Each mini grant request should not exceed $2,000. Applications are received on an ongoing basis from organizations with a 501(c)3 status. Individual requests may be made through an organization that meets this requirement. Applications are reviewed by the KCMSA Foundation Board of Directors four times a year. Click here to apply.