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2022 Service Above Self Award Celebration

Dave and Karen Custer have been chosen to receive the Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award, given by the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids. The award is presented in recognition of Frederik Meijer’s philanthropic acts of selfless service to our community, which left a lasting impact on the lives of others.

 “We are pleased and excited to honor the Custers as the 2022 Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award winners for their contributions to our community. Dave and Karen’s  generous and gracious spirits embodies the true meaning of this award,” said Hank Meijer, Fred Meijer’s son and Executive Chairman of Meijer, Inc. 

Dave and Karen Custer have been involved in the GR community for many years. Their willingness to serve the community combined with their significant philanthropic generosity in many areas and organizations embodies the values and tenets of this award. The sheer scope of their involvement speaks volumes to their involvement and improving lives through their generosity and commitment.

Both Dave and Karen have been involved in a number of organizations including the WMU Foundation, Chairman of GRCC Foundation, Hope on the Hill Foundation, Clark Retirement Community Capital Campaign Chair and Board Trustee. Dave is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, member and past chairman of the Grand Rapids Economic Club, member and past president of Cascade Hills Country Club and director at Irwin Seating.

Through their mission and faith driven philosophy and beliefs, Dave and Karen have put the needs of the community as a primary focus of their values and way of life. They are easily accessible and committed to the betterment of individuals, organizations and the community. The Custer organization is committed to giving at least 10% back to charities and organizations. According to their son, Todd, Custer always goes beyond their 10% to hundreds of non-profits in the greater Grand Rapids area. Their family meets once a month to consider requests received and it is very infrequent that they do not fulfill a need – either by time, treasure or talent. at least in some way. They also continue these same principles when it comes to addressing and caring for their employees and staff.

“We  are honored to receive an award that bears the name of Fred Meijer and believe that you should do all you can for others when you can and while you can. We are humbled by this recognition which is truly an honor to us,” said Dave.

Previous Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award winners include Marge Wilson, Jackie Taylor, PhD, Shelley Irwin, Rick DeVos, Luis Tomatis, MD and John & Nancy Kennedy.

“By recognizing amazing people in a public way, we hope to inspire others to consider how they can extend themselves in the service of others and the community at-large,” said Paula Jastifer, president of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids.

The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids will honor the Custers at the Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award Celebration on Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 pm at The Cultural Center. Proceeds of the event will benefit the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids Charities Foundation. The Foundation exists to support the advancement of world understanding, goodwill, and peace primarily through youth programming. The community is invited to attend. Tickets are on sale at grrotary.org or by calling 616.429.5640.

The community is invited to attend. Tickets are on available at Eventbrite.

Thank you to our sponsors who make this event possible!

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