Guest DJs ‘bring the beats’ for a cause

George Aquino acts guest DJ Saturday, March 18, at the AC Lounge. Photo courtesy of AHC Hospitality

AHC Hospitality is mixing things up with a new guest DJ Series in the AC Lounge at the Marriott Hotel, 50 Monroe Ave NW. The series started last Saturday night with AHC’s own VP/Managing Director George Aquino at the turntable with DJ Seventh.

Each guest DJ has curated a featured cocktail for the evening and will be giving back a portion of the proceeds from the event to the beneficiary of their choice. Aquino chose Grand Rapids Pickleball Club as the beneficiary of the funds he generated by rocking the beat March 18. 

The guest DJ Series continues tonight, March 23. The next “installment” in this rotating cast of guest disc jockeys is none other than local celebrity chef Jenna Arcidiacono of Amore Trattoria. 

Jenna Arcidiacono holds her Community Impact Award at AHC Hospitality’s Downtown Hotel District Awards January 2, 2023.

Arcidiacono has been featured on the Food Network and became widely recognized locally for her philanthropic endeavors during the Covid 19 pandemic. Earlier this year Arcidiacono won the Community Impact Award at AHC Hospitality’s Downtown Hotel District Awards. Together with DJ Sanjay, Arcidiacono will spin some discs tonight to benefit her charity “Food Hugs.”

On Thursday, March 30, art lover, community activist and City of Grand Rapids Retention and Attraction Specialist Richard App, along with DJ Sanjay, will take over the turntable to benefit Friends of GR Parks. There is a $5 cover charge at the door this night only. 

On Thursday, April 6, author and international diversity and inclusion speaker Graci Harkema will bring the beat to benefit Building Bukavu, a charity known for “bringing Christ to the Congo.”

The beat drops at 7 p.m. Guest DJs “go on” at 8 p.m. 

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