A day filled with entertainment and activities featuring local and national talents will benefit an organization that empowers youth to share their personal stories.
The Diatribe, a local nonprofit organization, is launching its second annual fundraiser, The Grand Showcase, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. The fundraiser will feature artists, poets and minority-owned businesses.
National poet Rudy Francisco will headline the show, with Ebony Stewart, Britteney Black Rose Kapri and some of Michigan’s spoken word artists also participating.
Students from Northview Crossroads Middle School, The Grand Rapids Museum School, Grandville High School, Wellspring Prep, East Kentwood High School and Union High School also will be opening the show.
There will be three workshops that cover financial literacy for artists, body positivity through writing and how to navigate the grief through writing.
“This isn’t your traditional luncheon or auction fundraiser,” said Marcel Price, executive director of Diatribe. “The Grand Showcase is a family-friendly event that features incredibly dope poets. It brings together community and shows how resilient we can be when we all work together — you leave itching with inspiration and calling for a change on social issues we face not only in Michigan, but across the nation. The fundraiser itself will take you on a journey.”
Businesses scheduled to be at the event include Malamiah Juice Bar, We Are LIT, Cole Speaks, Westside Massage, NAACP Grand Rapids, Mindset Meals and Bare All.
For more information, including ticket prices, search the Grand Showcase by The Diatribe Inc. on Facebook, or visit Eventbrite.
All proceeds from the Grand Showcase will benefit The Diatribe and support area youth.
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