Organization’s good work comes full circle

Dave Hastings of Lori's Voice receives a new van
Dave Hastings of Lori's Voice receives a new van

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) A heartfelt letter has led to the gift of a lifetime for a West Michigan man whose family has helped so many in the community. Lori and Dave Hastings are the founders of Lori’s Voice. The organization helps provide wheelchairs, medical assistance, and wheelchair accessible vehicles for families in need. Lori lives with the effects of muscular dystrophy and founded the organization after understanding the tremendous financial burden many families bear.

The Hastings’ daughter Valerie wrote a letter about her dad to enter him in a NMEDA contest to win a new van. Even though Lori and Dave work hard to provide vehicles for other people in need, their own van was in disrepair. Dave won the contest in the caregiver category and the entire family traveled to Florida to accept the prize.

You can help Lori’s Voice continue its great work by attending the Noto’s Charity Wine Fest on Friday, November 4. The event will help three local organizations: Lori’s Voice, the Ferris State University Baseball Club, and the American Culinary Federation of Greater Grand Rapids. Participants can choose a category to support at the event. There will be more than 300 international wines, Noto’s gourmet Italian cuisine, live entertainment with Mark Lamm, exclusive pricing on wines, an auction, and more. The event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. VIP ticket holders can start at 6 p.m.


  • $60/general or $100/VIP
  • $65 or $110 day of the event
  • All tickets will be available for pick-up at Will Call at the event

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