Allegro Coaching Stretches out in Eastown

Over break, Tim Motley stopped by the new home of Allegro Coaching for a sneak preview of what’s coming to Grand Rapids in January.

Allegro Coaching will be opening a new fitness studio space in the heart of Eastown, located in the newly renovated Kingsley Building at 1422 Robinson Road Suite 201. The 2,500 square-foot space will host a variety of small-group classes and offer opportunities for one-on-one and semi-private and group training in a variety of fitness.

Allegro Coaching has been serving corporate and personal training clients in the Greater Grand Rapids area since 2009. The new studio space allows for growth and reach a new demographic. The small group training environment allows for a variety of new training programs and offering accountability to those looking to increase their fitness level.

Owner and head coach, Kendra Bylsma, believes fitness should be more than a workout. “We provide incredible results by lighting the fire that each of us has to be better, stronger and sexier in our own bodies. It’s the extra push, the extra high-five and the reminder that a coach believes in your long term success.”

The new studio offers a new style of training to the West Michigan area, TRX Suspension Training. Appealing to beginners and competitive athletes, this program caters to all fitness levels in every class. In addition, Allegro Coaching will also offer Urban Bootcamp, Crunch (a pilates-inspired workout), and Punch (a fitness boxing class.) Each class will provide a full body workout for students of all fitness levels. Classes are available a la carte, or as packages with prices starting at $79 for an eight-week session.

The community is invited to their Grand Opening next week, Saturday, January 7 from 11 am – 2 pm where they will unveil the new studio. If you purchase any 8-Week Bootcamp or 8-Week Class Pass you’ll receive $20 off the regular price. Take a 20-minute beginner TRX class at 11 am, 12 pm or 1 pm. Enjoy free Shakeology samples & register for the Grand Prize drawing of 8-Weeks Unlimited Classes (Value of $199).

Stop by, bring a friend and check it out. Start the New Year off by taking care of your body.

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/269729609749597/

Grand Rapids Press: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2011/12/allegro_coaching_fitness_studi.html

Check them out on the web: http://allegrocoaching.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allegro-Coaching/232217906839948

The Geek Group celebrates A Year of Awesome

On Wednesday night, we stopped by The Geek Group’s one year anniversary party.  A Year of Awesome. The highlights included food, lab tours, demonstrations, and a special presentation by Chris Boden, President.

The Geek Group has over 5,000 members scattered across the globe, in every state in the US and one hundred and forty-two countries.

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Geek Group provides access to science, technology, engineering and math by developing programming and facilities for individuals and institutions to learn, explore, innovate and play at an independent pace according to their needs.

The Geek Group is a 42,000 square foot facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and they refer to it as their Galactic Headquarters. Through this facility, members are able to build projects and prototypes, collaborate with other members, take classes in their areas of interest, and teach classes in their areas of expertise.

They moved to the Leonard Street Labs in 2010 and now have over 300 members participating in the facility.

Check out The Geek Group’s website for more information: http://thegeekgroup.org/

Musings from Miss Spirit of the State 2010

In 2002, I created an organization that would produce a preliminary competition to the Miss Michigan and Miss America competitions. This January, the Miss Spirit of the State Scholarship Program celebrates a decade of sisterhood. Throughout the years, we’ve awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships and allowed a platform for young women to share their academic aspirations, commitment to community service, and appreciate for the arts. This month, I opened my home to Stellafly, and introduced photographer Terry Johnston to our current Miss Spirit of the State, Mekeisha Alcock. Though Mekeisha attends Eastern Michigan University and is from Lenawee County, Grand Rapids has become her second home in 2011 as she’s represented the Miss Spirit of the State Scholarship Program. These photos capture the legacy and history of the Spirit program and show Mekeisha in her home away from home. In less than two weeks, Mekeisha will pass on her title to the new Miss Spirit of the State. Below, she introduces you to a corner of her world. Get to know her, her passion, and her surprising gift.  — Noddea Skidmore

I had prepared something else for you to read today, but unfortunately I have something that is lying heavy on my heart at the moment and I feel that I need to share it with someone. So, I thank you in advance for allowing me to share this story with you…

I am a teacher at a preschool, where I honestly love my job and adore my kids even more. I am blessed with the opportunity of teaching two year olds, who I refer to as my “lil’ rugrats.” These kids, just like any child are the types of children who have the ability to instantly brighten your day! Throughout the past year I have gained a special bond with each one of them and I truly cherish each moment that I have with them. Every day I go into work knowing that I won’t only be teaching them something, but they will surely be teaching me something.

When not working I attend Eastern Michigan University where I am studying within the School of Social Work. Serving others is a huge passion of mine, and I have committed the past five years of my life to serving others; most specifically within the area of sexual aggression prevention and awareness. Through my work I have spoken to thousands of people on this issue, from elementary classrooms and college venues to the floor of the Capitol Building in Lansing, MI. I have raised thousands of dollars for the cause and founded a program that raises awareness of sexual aggression most specifically with prom night safety; I look forward to one day turning this program into a non-profit. I’ve been interviewed by all forms of media, and have taken my advocacy beyond a local form and to a state and national level.

I’ve always thought that I was doing it all, I was doing all that I could to serve those suffering from this epidemic of sexual aggression. And all this time, I’ve been wrong. I was told just recently that one of the children who are in my classroom is living within a sexual assault and domestic violence safe house. They are living there with their mother who just recently left their severely physical abusive father. I was oblivious to this situation prior to being told, and you can imagine how it hit me when I was informed. I have stated before that I adore my kids, and they mean the world to me. And to think about what is going through the mind of a two year old as they watch their mother being physically beaten is beyond anything I can fathom. Furthermore, I am left with a vile taste in my mouth when I think about the statistics that come along with fact that many abusive spouses also abuse their children.

I suppose it’s also only fair to tell you that I have a very close personal connection with this issue. I myself am a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence. I was the victim of a severely abusive relationship along with the target of sexual assault. I know firsthand what it’s like to be in the shoes of a “victim.” I do not want your pity, for I am no longer a victim; I AM A SURVIVOR! It has been through my steps towards survivorship that I began the extensive service work that I have accomplished throughout the past few years. My future career goals also encircle this cause as I look forward to one day opening a sexual assault and domestic violence safe house.

With this recent tragic information I’ve been told regarding one of my students I find myself heartbroken to think that all this time I have been working so hard to make leeway with this issue throughout our nation, when in all actuality there was a severe issue right under my nose. Now, I know I’m no super woman and I have no cape that I can simply put on that will allow me to quickly put an end to this issue. However, this child is my tool. This child (and their family) was brought into my life to remind me of the severity and the realness of this issue.

Sexual aggression is not a light topic, it’s everywhere. It is a modern day epidemic that we must battle just as we would any other disease that we are being faced with throughout America. This issue is pervasive, it can happen anywhere from the cradle to the nursing home. That’s why it’s extremely important that we see that our attention to the matter is needed. I come to you today and ask that whatever your “work” might be, live it out. Just because you aren’t raising thousands of dollars for a charity, or speaking on a national platform, know that the one child you take the hand of, or the one person you chat with in passing may be the person who needs it the most at the moment.

In closing, I came to you today with something heavy on my heart. Take it as you may, but I do truly hope that I will have the opportunity to chat with you again through this blog. Throughout the next month I look forward to sharing with you the happenings occurring during my last month of reign as Miss Spirit of the State. The Miss Spirit of the State program is a preliminary in the Miss America Organization. This crown has brought me the opportunity to not only compete for the title of Miss Michigan (where I placed fourth runner-up), but it has more importantly allowed me to widen my reach as I continue to serve others. In a few short weeks I will be relinquishing my title as Miss Spirit of the State and I will be passing the honor on to another young woman who will carry on the legacy.

All my LOVE and BLESSINGS,

Mekeisha Alcock

Miss Spirit of the State 2010

 


 

Stellafly’s Top 11 of Twenty – Eleven

In 2011, Tim Motley and I made significant changes to our business model as we transitioned into Stellafly. We brought on fresh and talented local photographers Michael Cook, Terry Johnston and Katy Batdorff. We also added Richard App and Marcel Thibert to the creative team. We incorporated more outside work from Sean Stearns, Trevor Ditmar, Dave Johnson, Ryan PavlovichSeth Thompson, Mitch Ranger, Laura Bergells and Danielle DeWitt.

GF is still around too. He writes for us when we need to sound grown up.

Sadly, we said goodbye to long time Diarist, Chris Koens, who because of all of his fabulousness, ventured off to pursue his dream as an entrepreneur, focus on his career and his graphic design freelance work. He also plans on dedicating much of his free time to another passion – Grand Rapids Red Project. We sincerely miss having his creative edge and quick wit at the events and at our creative meetings. He spent hour upon hour with me discussing the re-branding process. I’ll never forget his warm hugs, his diehard loyalty, his ability to make me laugh and most of all, his support during a stressful time of transition. Chris is a great guy. If you don’t know him, get to know him. You won’t regret it. Definitely an asset to our community!

While Tim and I were still working with the Grand Rapids Social Diary, we covered hundred events between the months of January and September. We shot tons of music. We incorporated video into our coverage. We were there for the grand opening of the Pyramid Scheme, Prospecto, Traverse City Cherry Festival, even a trip to NYC… simply way too many to count. Looking back, there are far more than 10 noteworthy events.

These are a must for your 2012 calendar! In no particular order.

The 2011 Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Green Gala: Come Out and Play, West Michigan Pride Festival, Festival of the Arts, Rock the Rapids, Fashion’s Night Out 2011, LaughFestThe Fourth Annual Legacy BallPop! Death Wins“Polo for Paws” presented by Gabridge & Co. and City Lights Music Festival

On behalf of Tim and myself, we would to thank everyone that invested in the Grand Rapids Social Diary and continued to support us through our transition into Stellafly. It is because of our clients and friends who believed in us that we were able to take what appeared to be an impossible dream and turn it into reality.

Thank you to Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Gallery Association, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Roberta King, Diana Sieger, Jonathan Jelks, John Helmholdt, Jason Ley, Noddea Skidmore, David Abbott, 834 Design & Marketing, Kim Bode, Valerie Lego, James Evans, Jim MurraySmith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Jamal Fisher, Tami VandenBerg, Laura Bergells, Shelley Irwin, Jackie Siranni, Donna Bova, Mark Curtis, Jim Cox, Tom Dowdall, Jolon Hull, John VanderHaagen and so many more. 

 

Without further ado, it’s time to reveal Stellafly’s Top 11 events of 2011.

Number 11. Grand Rapids Ballet Company presents Dracula

It’s no secret that Photographer Tim Motley likes to shoot theater. In fact, a little secret about Tim is that you will often see him stage right. He has photographed Grand Rapids Ballet Company‘s Dracula for several years now and it always ends up being his favorite event of the year.


Event Link: http://www.stellaflysocialmedia.com/archives/780

 

Number 10. Lott3Metz / Highland Group Christmas Party

December is definitely the Season for beautiful Holiday Parties and some of our favorite people throw a great one every year — complete with Yesterdogs!

This year we welcome Ted Lott and Greg Metz to the Top Eleven. Both are the principals of Lott3Metz. Together they created Lott3Metz Architecture and have designed the Oasis at Steelcase Global Headquarters, several projects at GVSU, expansion planning for New Branches School. In addition to those they have worked on numerous renovation and historic preservation projects. Greg and Ted co-authored the green design guidelines for affordable housing.

Thanks for the invite, Ted! Great party!

 Event Link: http://www.stellaflysocialmedia.com/archives/780

 

Number 9Until Love is Equal: YOU + Meanwhile Bar + Friends = LOVE 

Last fall, Photographer Katy Batdorff made her stellar Stellafly debut shooting YOU + Meanwhile Bar + Friends = LOVE. This event celebrated human rights, the LGBT community as well as served as a fundraising effort for Until Love Is Equal.

Grand Rapids residents, business owners, friends, supporters and community leaders showed up to support Until Love is Equal. To learn more about this movement and it’s importance in our community, read Ryan VanderMeer‘s editorial featured this week in The Rapidian: http://therapidian.org/until-love-and-money-are-equal

 

Number 8. Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race 

“Part bike race. Part running race. Part amazing race. Part ArtPrize.”

Pure insanity.

The #GRURBAN and ArtPrize teams collaborated to come up with some impressive challenges that were incorporated into AP artwork and venues with Amazing Race elements like biking, running, and navigating for punch spots that were scattered throughout the race course. My team member, Grand Rapids Community Foundation‘s, Roberta King, and I really didn’t know what to expect. She’s a long distance runner, me a gym rat. Before the race, each team was handed a map with marked locations and a passport with directions to punch when we arrived at the checkpoints. To make it even more challenging, half of those checkpoints had to be reached on foot while an equal number going in the opposite direction had to be done on bike.

Those at an advantage had marathon/triathlon experience and at a better advantage were those with experience in Adventure racing. Of course, being in your twenties didn’t hurt either.

Regardless of the level of experience, everyone found their A-game yesterday. It wasn’t all about having every checkpoint punched. It was about acquiring as many punches as possible within the allotted 4 plus hours before your legs fell off and you were hauled away in an ambulance.

In all seriousness, each team had to be quick thinking, strategic and have their bearings on where they were inside the city.  I remain impressed that there were some that managed to complete everything.

Check out the results.

 

Number 7. More-Self-Less “I Dream Beautiful” Bike Reveal 

The week leading up to Christmas, 21 families in need received a special gift.

More-Self-Less, Inc.(MSL) hosted their 2011, “I Dream Beautiful” Christmas party at 25 Kitchen & Bar. Accommodations for each of the 21 families including valet parking, a family dinner, family photos, sleeping bags, sleds, toys with the grand finale of the secret bike give-away at the end of the event.

Several area businesses and 200 volunteers collaborated with MSL this year to help facilitate the event. “Due to overwhelming response last year, we decided to start planning early in 2011 allowing for the opportunity to engage more families – the growth is infectious,” says founder Brady Schmitz.

The donors who “adopted” hosted their adopted families to enjoy a personal connection.

The children were then brought upstairs to the atrium of the building for the final surprise. While thinking they are simply waiting for their vehicles they found Ottawa Avenue illuminated with 50 sparkling new bikes complete with name tag, helmet, and bow.

The power of the holiday season is about giving. Amazing what you receive by doing so.

Visit www.moreseflless.org or call 616-613-MORE to learn more about More-Self-Less, inc.

 Event link: http://www.stellaflysocialmedia.com/

Number 6. First Annual Brookby Christmas Ball

This December, we attended a Christmas party that will surely be known in the future as the event of the Holiday Season. A party designed to celebrate the history of Brookby and its new future with Aquinas College. 

The formal affair was hosted by Sam and Janene Cummings and Dan and Pam DeVos. Attendance was by invitation only and limited to 125 guests.

The home was its most elegant, spectacularly adorned with holiday decorations in the spirit of the season. Tickets were priced as an effort to raise money for the ongoing maintenance and support of Brookby and its important part of Grand Rapids history.

Event Link: http://www.stellaflysocialmedia.com/archives/4146

 

Number 5. Jay and Betty Van Andel Legacy Awards 

In November, the Grand Rapids Public Museum celebrated a legacy of leadership at the third annual Jay and Betty Van Andel Legacy AwardsDavid and Carol Van Andel and Dan and Lou Ann Gaydou hosted the event that honored three community leaders for their impact upon West Michigan.

Award recipients included Steele and Mary Taylor, who were presented the Jay and Betty Van Andel Lifetime Achievement AwardJames B. Fahner, MD, received the Dave and Carol Van Andel Leadership Award; and Sam Cummings, was this year’s “Casey” Award winner, named for Casey Wondergem.  The award recipients were selected for their personal leadership within the community, their commitment to advancing the Grand Rapids Public Museum and their demonstration of character in inspiring others.

The evening of celebration featured a strolling dinner party, award presentation and admission to the Museum.  Guests also enjoyed a preview of BIG STUFF from the Permanent Collection which opens to the public on November 12.

http://www.grmuseum.org

https://www.facebook.com/GRMuseum?sk=info

http://www.twitter.com/grmuseum
http://www.twitter.com/RBCPlanetarium
http://www.youtube.com/user/GRMuseum

Event Link: http://www.stellaflysocialmedia.com/archives/2329

 

Number 4. Design 1 Fashion Event Benefiting Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Hundreds of fashion enthusiasts were at the JW Marriott on Tuesday night for the third annual Design 1 Fashion Event, benefiting the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. If you live in West Michigan and have young kids in your life—whether you are a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or friend—you probably realize what a blessing it is to have this amazing hospital right here in Grand Rapids.

The night began with a hors d’ oeuvres and cocktail reception that included a silent auction. There were many amazing auction items donated by dozens of local businesses including Design 1 Salon Spa, Jen Kroll Photography, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and Thousand Oaks Golf Club. While guests mingled in the ballroom performers from the Daredevil Circus entertained with acrobatics, juggling acts, and a very talented stilts walker.

This year’s event was themed A Fashionable Journey Around the World, and during the runway show the audience was taken to New York City, Hollywood, Paris, Tokyo, and Dubai. But before jetting off to the first destination, the youngest of the models took to the runway. These kids have all been patients at DeVos Children’s Hospital and each of them was dressed in fabulous fashions from K. Bella Bambino.

What followed was a spectacular display of fashion from A.K. Rikk’s, hair by Design 1, and makeup by Aura Skincare & Cosmetics all put together in a remarkable show produced by The Matthew Agency. Each segment of the show took the audience to a new destination, and each destination featured its own unique styles. Every look was amazing from head to toe.

As the night came to a close and the models took one last walk down the runway, there was a buzz in the room about how fantastic the entire event was, and everyone seemed to agree that this year’s show was the best one yet. Congratulations to all involved in making this happen, especially Design 1 Salon Spa, and a huge thanks to everyone at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for all that you do!


Event Link: http://www.stellaflysocialmedia.com/archives/4319

 

Number 3. ArtPrize

When we rebranded as Stellafly, we were in the middle of a social media campaign with ArtPrize. The art based contest  brought two weeks of amazing art, artist receptions, parties, speaker series and most importantly, creative conversation to our community. Grand Rapids is officially on the international map because of ArtPrize and is now considered sustainable. A recent study, conducted by the Anderson Economic Group, showed that 2011 brought in $15.4 million into the Grand Rapids and Kent County economy, attracted more than 320,000 visitors and created more than 200 new jobs during its 19 days.

Event Link: http://www.stellaflysocialmedia.com/archives/193

 

Number 2. Graveyard Shift with House Industries 

It’s no secret that creatives know how to fun. AIGA West Michigan does Halloween in style.

Each year, the AIGA West Michigan Halloween party trumps all others. Last year, they brought in DC’s Design Army, this year House Industries.

To get things started, House Industries‘ co-creator Rich Roat spoke about their Delaware-based type shop which began in 1993 and officially formed as a font foundry in 1994. Their viral success came about 10 years later. The team sticks to a set of aesthetic principles and works on each project until it’s finished instead of applying some sort of arbitrary deadline is a great way to maintain integrity.

They’ve gone beyond typography and even illustrations to develop objects such as furniture, textiles, sculptural elements and, in the case of the Girard family, dolls, puzzles and more. They also partner with outside artists, like Grand Rapids artist David Dodde who creates posters and other products for the company.

The UICA was wall-to-wall in creatives complete with a very competitive costume contest with awesome prizes (such as the latest version of Adobe Creative Suite), delicious fare from the WinchesterDJ Tom EngelsmanDJ Jobot, and performances by DITA and local favorite, Alexis.

Kudos to event organizers, Gwen O’Brien and Dottie Rhodes. Thanks for lettingStellafly and Mikey Cook stop by to capture this great time!

For more information on the West Michigan AIGA:
website: http://westmichigan.aiga.org/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aigawestmichigan
twitter: http://twitter.com/aigawestmi

For more information on House Industries:
website: http://www.houseind.com/

Event Link: http://www.stellaflysocialmedia.com/archives/1244

 

Number 1. GRadPICS

In December, Grand Rapids Public School (GRPS) high school seniors got close-ups, free of charge.

Titled GRadPICS, the free photo shoot ran for three straight days, photographing many seniors at all six high schools in the GRPS district — Creston High School,Central High SchoolGR MontessoriUnion High SchoolCity High School, andOttawa Hills High School.

The pictures have been posted to the GRadPICS Facebook page in albums labeled with each school’s name. The high resolution image files are available to download. The students also received each photographer’s full permission to use for yearbooks, personal pictures, websites, and profile pictures.

Johnston is one of four regularly subcontracted photographers who shoots for Stellafly. He presented the idea explaining that it was the type of gift he’d always wanted to provide. It was a logical opportunity to expand our connection with GRPS. We recently established a formal partnership focused on using social media to promote awareness about the school system, its programs and events. We plan on doing it again in 2012.

To see the images: https://www.facebook.com/GRadPICS

Contributing photographers: Tim MotleyTerry JohnstonKaty BatdorffMichael CookRyan PavlovichSeth Thompson and Mitch Ranger

Videographers: Sean StearnsTrevor Ditmar

Assistants: Marcel ThibertIan Anderson

Project Lead: Rich App

Social Media: Laura Caprara

Many thanks to our media friends for picking up the story:

The Rapidian: http://therapidian.org/gradpics-photographers-produce-700-senior-photos

Grand Rapids Press: http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/12/photographers_donate_senior_pi.html
WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

WZZM 13: http://www.wzzm13.com/rss/article/189912/14/Free-senior-pictures?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

 Event Link: http://www.stellaflysocialmedia.com/archives/4129

 

In Memory of Clint Hull

This year, we lost a good friend after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

Clint Hull loved spreading smiles, sharing laughs, and playing many different Special Olympics sports with his friends. He will be missed by many.

We met met Clint and his sister, Jolon, for the first time at the 2009 Festival of Trees, a fundraising event for Special Olympics Area 11. We were instantly hooked on his huge smile, big laugh and kind heart. We couldn’t help but want to learn more about the Special Olympics.

May you rest in peace, sweet Clint. We will miss you and will never forget what you taught us about simplicity and happiness.

The team will be plunging in Clint’s honor in February at the 2012 Grand Rapids Polar Plunge. If you would like to make a donation, visit our firstgiving page: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/stellafly/grandrapids2012

Clint’s obituary: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=clint-hull&pid=155107627&refsvce=facebook#.Tu4FZCeXaF8.facebook

 

 

Adam Bird’s (annual) Black Tie Birthday Party

Free liquor. Booze in large bottles. Food and Adam Bird Photographer. For the past couple of years, Adam has celebrated his birthday in style … and in a black tie.

Adam is a local photographer who’s work has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, Agency France Presse, Newsweek, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Grand Rapids Press, Hoya, Siemens, McDonalds — the list goes on and on.

Next year, he’ll be shooting for Rapid Growth Media as well as keeping up with his busy freelance business. The entire Stellafly team wishes him much happiness in 2012.

More-Self-Less “I Dream Beautiful” Bike Reveal

Last evening, 21 families in need received a special Christmas.

More-Self-Less, Inc.(MSL) hosted their 2011, “I Dream Beautiful” Christmas party at 25 Kitchen & Bar. Accommodations for each of the 21 families including valet parking, a family dinner, family photos, sleeping bags, sleds, toys with the grand finale of the secret bike give-away at the end of the event.

Several area businesses and 200 volunteers collaborated with MSL this year to help facilitate the event. “Due to overwhelming response last year, we decided to start planning early in 2011 allowing for the opportunity to engage more families – the growth is infectious,” says founder Brady Schmitz.

The event started at 6pm with a family dinner, praise and worship band, and a short message on perseverance. Then the families headed to the “South Pole” where each of the families enjoyed their own intimate setting, complete with a Christmas tree.

The donors who “adopted” hosted their adopted families to enjoy a personal connection.

The children were then brought upstairs to the atrium of the building for the final surprise. While thinking they are simply waiting for their vehicles they found Ottawa Avenue illuminated with 50 sparkling new bikes complete with name tag, helmet, and bow.

The power of the holiday season is about giving. Amazing what you receive by doing so.

Visit www.moreseflless.org or call 616-613-MORE to learn more about More-Self-Less, inc.

GRAD PICS


 

Last week, Grand Rapids Public School (GRPS) high school seniors got close-ups, free of charge.

Titled GRadPICS, the free photo shoot ran for three straight days, photographing many seniors at all six high schools in the GRPS district — Creston High School, Central High School, GR Montessori, Union High School, City High School, and Ottawa Hills High School.

The pictures have been posted to the GRadPICS Facebook page in albums labeled with each school’s name. The high resolution image files are available to download. The students also received each photographer’s full permission to use for yearbooks, personal pictures, websites, and profile pictures.

Johnston is one of four regularly subcontracted photographers who shoots for Stellafly. He presented the idea to us explaining that it was the type of gift he’d always wanted to provide. It was a logical opportunity to expand our connection with GRPS. We recently established a formal partnership focused on using social media to promote awareness about the school system, its programs and events.

To see the images: https://www.facebook.com/GRadPICS

Contributing photographers:
Tim Motley, Terry Johnston, Katy Batdorff, Michael Cook, Ryan Pavlovich, Seth Thompson and Mitch Ranger

Videographers: Sean StearnsTrevor Ditmar

Assistants: Marcel ThibertIan Anderson

Project Lead: Rich App

Social Media: Laura Caprara

Many thanks to our media friends for picking up the story:

The Rapidian: http://therapidian.org/gradpics-photographers-produce-700-senior-photos

Grand Rapids Press: http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/12/photographers_donate_senior_pi.html
WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

WZZM 13: http://www.wzzm13.com/rss/article/189912/14/Free-senior-pictures?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

 


Mixers and Merriment – A Stellar Celebration of You!

Last evening Stellafly threw a party at the Richard App Gallery to celebrate friends and a fantastic 2011. Creative friends, client friends, media friends and non-profit friends all gathered together to celebrate the holiday season.

Local Chef Tommy FitzGerald‘s put out a beautiful display of food. Huge marinated shrimp surrounded the ice sculpture made by our friends at Ice Sculptures Ltd. Sparkly, delightful cupcakes came from Stiletto Sweets. Bars by Butch brought the liquor license and poured PBR on tap, Eggnog, Jameson, and Patron just to name a few.

Local DJ Zach Bletz started the party off.  At 9, Todd Ernst took the party back to his Alternative A to X days at The Orbit Room. Mustard Plug’s Colin Clive transitioned into his set by going retro as well. Marcel Thibert, Vizidef Display Technology, set up media displays throughout the gallery that rolled streaming images and videos shot throughout the year. Rich and Angela Haralson stopped by with the  Grand Rapid Bar Crawl dropping off 20+ partiers donned in Santa and other festive holiday wear. Local ‘fly on the wall’ artist, Anthony Carpenter sketched folks making the most merry of merries.

We  want to acknowledge and thank the following businesses for donating some truly fantastic raffle items: Doorganics, myKakes, Wolverine Company StoreHumane Society of West Michigan, Cathy BissellNexus Digital Signage/Great Lakes Narrow CastHouse of Color and Design LLC and Tommy FitzGerald Chef.  The proceeds from each donated item go to the charity of the donor’s choice.

An exhilirating, roller coaster of a year  is coming to an end. We sincerely enjoyed spending an evening with those that have shown us so much support through our transition. On behalf of our team at Stellafly, we look forward to an exciting and bright 2012! Cheers!

AudioSpace – All Wrapped Up – Christmas Party

Last evening, Stellafly and Tim Motley headed downtown for another busy night in Grand Rapids. We stopped by  AudioSpace’s ‘All Wrapped Up’  Christmas party being held in the parking lot of the B.O.B.

This was no ordinary holiday party. It was outside, under a heated tent and admission into the event was a toy. The toys collected will go to ‘Toys for Tots.’ It was a chilly one but it didn’t hold fans of the Fauxgrass Quartet and Hip Pocket from attending. Kudos to AudioSpace on putting together a fun and innovative idea… and for giving back to the community!

AudioSpace, LLC is a product representation and support company built on the belief that sound isn’t just heard, it is experienced. With that ideal in mind, AudioSpace sets a high bar, representing only those products with above industry-average quality, sound, and value. The AudioSpace management and staff have been long-time end users of the products supported, and pride themselves on providing in-depth product knowledge and exceptional support. AudioSpace is committed to helping you find the best way to integrate our products into your dealer line or designs, and in providing unparalleled support through research, design, execution and ongoing dealer care.

Check them out online: http://www.audiospaceonline.com
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