“Let Their Voice Be Heard” Benefit Dinner

Join us on November 17th, 2021 to honor Sandi Frost Steensma.

Join the Girls Choral Academy at our annual Let Their Voice Be Heard Benefit on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at Watermark Country Club. We will be honoring Sandi Frost Steensma, President and CEO, Kennari Consulting, with our Giving Girls a Voice Award. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and program from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each and include dinner, drinks and entertainment.  Please see the donation form to your right for more details on tickets and sponsorships. Contact the GCA at 616-361-6111 or angela@girlschoralacademy.org  for more details.

*Due to COVID-19 plans for this event are still subject to change according to CDC guidelines to keep our donors and girls in our program safe.

About Sandi Frost Steensma

Sandi Frost Steensma is President and Founder of Kennari Consulting, a regional fundraising consulting firm specializing in capital campaigns, annual fundraising, planned giving, endowment fundraising, strategic planning and grant writing. Sandi has more than 25 years of experience in successful fundraising serving as a consultant and/or serving agencies. She worked as a consultant for another regional firm for eight years prior to founding Kennari Consulting in 2007 and served Hospice of Michigan as statewide Corporate Director of Development and as Executive Director of the Grand Rapids office.

Sandi has worked with many types of non-profit agencies including arts organizations, educational institutions, health care agencies, social services agencies, libraries and associations. She has served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors and has trained at local, statewide and national conferences. Sandi holds her BA from the University of Colorado and her Masters of Management from Aquinas College. She is a graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids and was a 2007 Fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership program at Michigan State University.

Sandi is active in many community organizations and served as an elected Kent County Commissioner serving Cascade Township, Lowell Township, Bowne Township and Caledonia Township from 2007-2013. Her colleagues elected her Chair of the County Commission in January 2010, 2011 and again in 2012.

In January 2014, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Sandi to the Lake Superior State University Board of Control, an 8-member Board that serves as the governing board of the University. Additionally, Sandi currently serves as an active member of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and the SBAM Leadership Council.

Kennari Consulting has received many honors including winning the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 EPIC Award for Woman Owned Business, being recognized as one of “50 Businesses to Watch in Michigan” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2019 (and as a finalist in 2016), and as a Top Women-Owned Business from the Grand Rapids Business Journal Bi-Annual honor in 2017, 2015 and 2013. Kennari Consulting was also a 2015 EPIC Award Small Business of the Year finalist (Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce).

Sandi is a 2015 YWCA West Central Michigan Tribute Award recipient. The Grand Rapids Business Journal named Sandi one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan in 2018, a bi-annual honor she also received in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.  In 2001 and 2007, Sandi was named an Athena Nominee by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist in 2014 and 2015. Sandi was further honored in 2011 as one of Inforum’s Inner Circle, an honor she also received in 2009. And, Sandi was named one of the Five Outstanding Young People of Michigan in the mid-1990s.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Music Director

Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation

Michael and Valerie Feehan 

Lynn and Doug Weaver

Soloist

Karl and Patti Betz

Tassell-Wisner-Bottrall Foundation

Accompanist

Jean Enright

Ferris State University

Hospice of Michigan

Margaret Idema

Stephanie and George Leonardos

Marge's Donut Den

Stephanie McNamara and John Meulenberg

Mejier

Carol Moore

Dormica and Reid Oppenhuizen

Robert and Marcy Roth