Kentwood to host fundraiser for adaptive programs

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Kentwood community members are invited to an annual celebration and fundraiser in support of adaptive recreation programs.

The city is set to host The Vibe event from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8., at the Kent District Library-Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, 4950 Breton Road SE.

Attendees can enjoy food, cocktails, live music by the Moonshot Band, a silent auction, adaptive equipment displays and yard games.

In addition, The Vibe will feature guest speaker Lee Montgomery, a longtime coach and athlete of wheelchair and adaptive sports.

Montgomery, who began his coaching career in 1988 with Kentwood Parks and Recreation, has medaled in the Paralympics. He was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame in 2015.

“Coach Lee has long been a champion for adaptive sports and recreation and athletes of all abilities, and we’re excited for him to join us at this year’s event,” said Val Romeo, parks and recreation director for Kentwood.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward new equipment for Kentwood’s various adaptive programs. Offerings include archery, cycling club, boccia league, bowling, canoeing, downhill skiing, golf league, leisure club, kayaking, rock climbing, track and field clinics, pickleball, wake boarding and waterskiing, along with dances and other social events.

“We have a wide variety of adaptive recreation programs that meet the interests of all individuals — from social opportunities like leisure club to sensational activities like waterskiing,” said Ann Przybysz, Kentwood’s recreation program coordinator. “These programs give individuals an opportunity to connect and experience the benefits that come with recreational activities, including a sense of camaraderie, improved confidence and new skills.”

Tickets for the casual-attire event are $40 per person and can be purchased online or by calling (616) 656-5270.

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