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Night of ICONS celebrates young community members in big way

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The first ever Night of ICONS gala was sold out event, to celebrate the communities’ youngest and most vulnerable students. Put on by ELNC (Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative), the evening gala highlighted community ICONS who go above and beyond to impact children in local neighborhoods.

ELNC is an organization designed to bring care and education to children in vulnerable neighborhoods around our city. They look to provide early childhood care and engage children at a young age in their local arts, literature, culture, economy, and history. Children can also struggle to reach their true potential or find their own unique talents because of their economic or geographic circumstances. ELNC works to level these barriers and give all children the room to grow.

To support the ELNC mission, the Night of ICONS gala was held in downtown Grand Rapids, at the City Flats Ballroom. Along with a ticketed dinner, cocktails and a silent auction helped to raise funds for further programing within ELNC. ICON awards were given to five outstanding leaders who positively impact young students throughout the community.

Winners are listed below.

Julie Wheeler Niemchick- Individual Advocate

Phyllis Fratzke (Early Childhood Learning Laboratory/GRCCEarly Learning Center)- Advocate Organization

Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association-Community Partner

Yvonne MacKenzie-Lynn (Hispanic Center)- Child Educator

Darnell Alexander (SECOM)- Family/Parent Award

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