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You are invited to join us for Acton Institute’s 2017 Annual Dinner, to be held on Wednesday, October 18 at DeVos Place in beautiful downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The dinner celebrates our 27th year of working to promote a free and virtuous society. In light of your commitment to Acton and its mission, we hope you will consider attending this event, which brings together more than 1,000 friends and supporters of the Institute from around the world.
 
It is our pleasure to announce that this year's special guest speaker is Betsy DeVos. There will also be a special address from Acton's president and co-founder, Rev. Robert Sirico.

 

Speakers
Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos

A Grand Rapids native, Betsy DeVos is a proven leader, an innovator, a disruptor and an advocate. In education, in business and in politics, Betsy has been a pioneer in fighting to remove barriers, to enact change and to create environments where people have the opportunity to thrive.

She currently serves as the 11th United States Secretary of Education. Prior to her confirmation, DeVos served as the chairman of The Windquest Group for more than 20 years. From 1995 to 2005, Betsy DeVos sat on the Acton Institute’s board of directors, and served numerous local educational and philanthropic organizations. She is married to entrepreneur, philanthropist and community activist Dick DeVos, and together they have four children and six grandchildren. We are greatly pleased to welcome Betsy back to Grand Rapids for this special occasion.

Rev. Robert A. Sirico

Rev. Robert A. Sirico

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and the pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, both in Grand Rapids, MI. A regular writer and commentator on religious, political, economic, and social issues, Rev. Sirico's contributions have been carried by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC, among others. In his recent book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is not only the best way to meet society's material needs but also the surest protection of human dignity against government encroachment. Rev. Sirico holds dual American and Italian citizenship.


Thank You To Our Lord Acton Circle Sponsors

70 x 7 Life Recovery
Burco Inc.
Bursch Law PLLC
Dr. Mark & Marty Campbell
Capital Formation Counselors, Inc.
Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation
DonorsTrust
E. L. Craig Foundation
Leslie Graves & Eric O'Keefe
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
Paul & Jacki Kleinheksel
Dave & Cindy Kraai
David & Tessa Milroy
Ken & Edie Muraski
John & Lorene Postma
Robert J. Powers
RDV Corporation
Owen & Susan Roberts
Rothbury Farms
The Templeton Family
Lewis & Norma Van Kuiken

 

Thank You To Our Liberty Circle Sponsors

Allegra Marketing - Print - Mail
Ann Bradley & Michael Cazer
Anonymous
Mandy Chardoul, Plante Moran Wealth Management
Charles Koch Foundation
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
The David & Carol Van Andel Family Foundation
Drew, Cooper & Anding
Eastern Floral
Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation
Dr. & Mrs. John H. Hasley
Holy Family Radio
Mr. & Mrs. William K. Hoskins
Jandernoa Foundation
Kent County Taxpayers Alliance
Mr. & Mrs. William E. La Mothe
Macatawa Bank
MTM Recognition
Meijer
Norris, Perne & French LLP
John & Gail Nowak
Pathway401k.com
Pioneer Construction
Rockfinch Realty
Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Stifel | PearlStreet | Kevin Cusack
Arvin & Pearl Tap
Universal Forest Products, Inc.
Varnum LLP
Via Design
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Wyoming Catholic College
 

Event Details

Start Date

End Date

Location

DeVos Place
303 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

Schedule

Registration and Receptions: 6:00pm

Program and Dinner: 7:00pm

Post-Dinner Reception will immediately follow the conclusion of the evening's formal program.

Tickets

    Lord Acton Circle Sponsor at $7,500 includes:

    • Premier seating for your table of 10 guests
    • Recognition of you or your company in our program, Acton's website and email marketing
    • Invitation to receptions before and after the dinner for your guests

    Liberty Circle Sponsor at $3,500 includes:

    • Preferred seating for your table of 10 guests
    • Recognition of you or your company in our program, Acton's website and email marketing
    • Invitation to receptions before and after the dinner for you and your guests

    Individual Dinner at $175 includes:

    • Invitation to receptions before and after the dinner

    Acton Institute's Annual Dinner is black-tie preferred.

    Acton Institute has partnered with both the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the JW Marriott Grand Rapids to offer discounted hotel rooms for those participants of our Annual Dinner who need overnight accommodations. These are available on a first-come basis. To book your room call the group reservation line toll-free at 1.800.253.3590 or 616.776.6450. You can also book online.

    For more information about Acton's 27th Annual Dinner, please contact Nick Porter at 616.454.3080 or nporter@acton.org.

    Parking

    Self-parking is available directly beneath DeVos Place from either Michigan Street or Lyon Street. The evening event fee for parking at DeVos Place is $10.00. Valet parking is also available at the Lyon Street and Monroe Avenue entrances. Metered street parking is also available and free after 5pm upon availability.

    Directions to DeVos Place


    From the North 

    Travel US-131 South.

    1. The best exit is Pearl Street.
    2. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Pearl Street.
    3. Take Pearl Street to Monroe and make a left.
    4. Take Monroe to Michigan and make a left.
    5. The entrance to the DeVos Place parking ramp will be on your left just before the river.

    From the South 

    Travel US-131 North.

    1. The best exit is Pearl Street.
    2. At the end of the ramp turn right onto Pearl Street.
    3. Take Pearl Street to Monroe and make a left. 
    4. Take Monroe to Michigan and make a left.
    5. The entrance to the DeVos Place parking ramp will be on your left just before the river. 

    From the West

    From Muskegon:

    Travel I-96 East to US-131 South.

    1. The best exit is Pearl Street.
    2. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Pearl Street.
    3. Take Pearl Street to Monroe and make a left.
    4. Take Monroe to Michigan and make a left.
    5. The entrance to the DeVos Place parking ramp will be on your left just before the river.

     

    From Holland:

    Travel I-196 East

    1. Use the Ottawa/Downtown Exit (77C).
    2. Turn right onto Michigan Street at the end of the ramp. 
    3. The entrance to the DeVos Place parking ramp will be on your left just past Monroe Avenue before you cross the river. 

    From the East

    Travel I-96 West to I-196 West

    1. Use the Ottawa/Downtown Exit (77C) 
    2. Turn right onto Michigan Street at the end of the ramp. 
    3. The entrance to the DeVos Place parking ramp will be on your left just past Monroe Avenue before you cross the river.

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