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3.22.17 – Service Above Self Award Dinner

The 2017 Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award Recipient is: Rick DeVos

March 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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This years Service Above Self Award Dinner will be taking place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 and will feature the presentation of the Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award. 

This award is given in recognition of Frederik Meijer, whose humanitarian acts of selfless service made an enduring difference in the lives of others. The dinner will be held at the St. Nicholas Cultural Center, 2250 E Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids Mi 49546. Doors will open at 6:00pm.

The 2017 Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award Winner is Rick DeVos.

Rick exemplifies the philanthropic legacy of Frederik Meijer through his personal efforts; making a measurable impact on community philanthropy, demonstrating a strong commitment to volunteerism and/or voluntary fundraising, and gives generously of his time, treasure and talents.

More about Rick…..
RICK DEVOS, age 34, is an entrepreneur and investor. In 2009 he created ArtPrize, a simple social experiment designed to see if artists and the public could engage each other in a new way. The scale and energy of the event launched it into debates all over the art world, from urban planning circles to the global press. In 2012 Rick founded Start Garden, a unique venture seed fund that invests in early stage companies and strives to build Michigan’s startup ecosystem. In 2016 Start Garden reorganized to form the Entrepreneur Ecosystem, Start Garden Foundation, and the for-profit fund Wakestream Ventures. Rick is the Founder and CEO of Wakestream Ventures, an early stage fund with investments ranging from $100Kto $1.5M.

Rick graduated from Calvin College in 2004. He lives in Ada, Michigan with his wife Melissa, and their daughters Clara, Sloane, and Remington. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for ArtPrize, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Economic Club and University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

Rick’s accomplishments include; Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Calvin College, 2004, Founder of ArtPrize, 2009, Founder of Start Garden, 2011, Recipient of Honorary Doctorates from Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University

If you would like to attend the Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award Dinner please click on the following: TICKETS.

To sponsor the Frederick Meijer Service Above Self Award Dinner, please fill out the Sponsorship Form and return it to the Rotary office at 1345 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 204, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 or email it to

Should you have any questions about becoming a sponsorship, or obtaining tickets to the dinner please contact the Rotary office at 616-459-5640.

A special Thank You to our sponsors:

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March 22, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Cultural Center at St. Nicholas
2250 E. Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 United States
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