Last year was tough on everyone, including nonprofits all around the country and West Michigan, who depend on people donating to help keep their programs running and impacting the community. That’s why we got excited for when we saw an event, Wicked on Whitneyville, that is benefiting both Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health Hospice.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is celebrating 20 years of providing “vibrant free emotional health support community of children, adults, families and friends on any kind of cancer journey.” They also have over 200 programs that are free for community members to attend. One of the programs that Wicked on Whitneyville will help fund is Camp Sparkle. This year Camp Sparkle is happening August 3-5, for 1st through 6th graders who have been impacted by cancer or grief, such as losing a parent, sibling or family member. This camp is free for the campers and helps create a safe space through art, music and expression so the kids can connect with people who are going through the same thing and others who can help guide them through the journey.

The other nonprofit is Spectrum Health Hospice and they’re using the money raised from Wicked on Whitneyville to help fund their “music therapy program, art expression program, “Make a wish” experiences for patients, and necessities many of our patients cannot afford.”

Okay, now that you know why you should definitely be at Wicked on Whitneyville, let’s talk about what’s happening there.

It’s a country concert – but it’s also you hanging out with your friends, helping some great causes. Cassadee Pope, who won ‘The Voice’ in 2013 is headlining with Craig Campbell, Brooke Eden, Teddy Robb and Thom Ellis also performing.

It’s happening at Nighthawk Grille & Bar, in Alto, so you’ll have food from there as well as a couple other food trucks and of course some cold beer.

Ready to get your tickets and help Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, and Spectrum Health Hospice? Get more info and your tickets at

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