Become a Sponsor!

Become a Sponsor!

As the weather is getting colder, the planning for WinterWest 2012 is heating up. The inaugural WinterWest in early 2011 was a huge success! We were excited to return ice skating to Richmond Park, and in the process host a 3-on-3 hockey tournament, broomball competition, crazy cardboard sled race, and to witness countless smiles around the park in the middle of winter. We intend to build on the success of last year and incorporate new and exciting elements this year. We would love to have your help to solidify WinterWest as the premier winter event in West Michigan! Our goal is to raise $15,000 to offset costs of this 2-week event, and we need your help to make WinterWest 2012 even better! Please consider joining WinterWest at one of the following sponsorship levels:

 
Presenting Sponsor – $5,000
Rink Naming Sponsor – $2,500
Event Sponsor – $500
Coffee & Hot Cocoa Day Sponsor – $250

Sponsor Benefits

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Presenting Sponsor
Your name/logo will be prominently displayed in any and all print material created to promote the event as well as on our web site and social media.

Your name/logo will be printed on Four 3’ X 9’ banners placed along Richmond Street along the park frontage and one by ice rinks.

Your name will be included in any and all publicity material and news releases.

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Rink Naming Sponsor
Your name/logo will be included in any and all print material created to promote the event as well as on our web site and social media.

Your name/logo will be printed on two 2’ X 9’ banners placed along Richmond Street along the park

Your name will be included in any and all publicity material and news releases. frontage.

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Event Sponsor
Your name/logo will be printed on one 3’ X 6’ banner placed along Richmond Street along the park frontage.

Coffee & Hot Cocoa Day Sponsor
Your name/logo will be printed on one 2’ X 3’ banner placed at the warming pavilion and any other hot beverage stations.

Event Exposure Information
Last year’s event gained strong media attention, with Fox 17, WZZM 13, The Grand Rapids Press, and The Advance all picking up the story. With the momentum of last year, we anticipate that we have the capacity for over 2,000 people from around the Greater Grand Rapids area each day. Over 9,000 cars pass the park on Richmond Street each day, and over 20,000 pass the Alpine Ave/Richmond intersection. Our web site gets 4,000 hits during these event times and we generate more than 5,000 Facebook impressions each week.

In addition, your sponsorship will be completely tax-deductible!

To inquire about how you can jump on board, please contact Kyle at info@weclomewest.org or by phone at 269.377.5489. Thank You!

What is WinterWest?
WinterWest is a Celebration of Winter in West Michigan! The inaugural WinterWest was held January 28 – February 13, 2011 at Richmond Park on Grand Rapids’ Westside. It consisted of a series of events aimed at getting people out to enjoy the weather.

The idea for WinterWest came from the memories many people have of sledding and ice-skating at Richmond Park as kids. While Richmond Park continues to be recognized as one of the premier sledding hills in the City, ice-skating and use of the warming shelter went away as funding to the Parks Department shrank.

In an effort to utilize all of the assets Richmond Park holds, WinterWest re-opens the warming shelter for 2 weeks and constructs ice rinks north of the main parking lot. Our goal for the event is to provide families with opportunities to enjoy the cold weather, giving them the chance to get out of the house and create new and lasting memories in one of West Michigan’s best parks.

Who are we?
WinterWest is a collaborative effort of WelcomeWest, the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department. WinterWest offers a unique opportunity for partnership where our missions intersect to providing families with the chance to enjoy thriving and active parks.

WelcomeWest is a neighborhood movement connecting the assets and people of the Westside of Grand Rapids. We aremade up of individuals, organizations and businesses all dedicated to promoting the good things happening in our neighborhoods and business districts, with a desire to create a place where people want to live, work and play. In addition to WinterWest, WelcomeWest has been involved in spearheading the hyper-local living experiment, LiveWest, and the Back-to-School Kids Parade in August. www.welcomewest.org

The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an independent, citizen led, nonprofit enterprise founded in 2008 to protect,enhance and expand parks and public spaces in Michigan’s second largest city. We are convinced that vibrant parks and public spaces are essential to support the community’s economic competitiveness, environmental health and cultural wellbeing. Our goal is to help Grand Rapids rebuild and sustain an exceptional system of parks and public spaces and, by extension, increase home values, improve citizen health, safeguard air and water quality and strengthen the community’s ability to retain and attract residents, businesses and visitors. www.friendsofgrparks.org

The long-term vision of the City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department is a system that operates within a sustainable financial framework while protecting the environment and providing high quality of life for City residents. With just over 1,200 acres in 71 city-owned park sites and 350 acres in 48 park-school sites, the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department welcomes you to enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities in our community. http://grcity.us/public-services/Parks-Recreation-Forestry/