Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Zapopan Committee of the Grand Rapids’ Sister Cities International invites you to be a part of the celebration of the new sister city relationship between Grand Rapids and Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. This new international relationship is another example of how Grand Rapids continues to position itself in the global market in the areas of Health, Education, Economic Development and the Arts.

A welcome reception for the Zapopan Delegation, a fun and energetic event sure to draw a crowd is planned for June 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Imperial Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Distinguished guests from the delegation include Municipal President Juan Sanchez Aldana, and the directors of Tourism and Economic Development, International Investment and Commercial Promotion, Foreign Affairs and Sister Cities, Development of Family Services, the director of the Zapopan Museum of Art and artist Luis Macias.

The official recognition of the sister city relationship will occur on Friday June 6th during the opening ceremonies of Festival of the Arts 2008, 12:00 p.m. on Calder Plaza. The Celebration Dinner, a gala event that will honor the Sister City relationships established over the past twenty years between Grand Rapids and Omihachiman, Japan, Bielsko-Biala, Poland, Perugia, Italy, and the Ga District in Ghana. The dinner will take place at Salon C of the JW Marriott Hotel on Friday June 6th from 7:30 to10:00 p.m.

Please join our growing list of distinguished sponsors for either or all of these events in showcasing our Midwestern values and our global perspective. With your sponsorship support, your organization will enjoy a wide range of benefits, including the opportunity to build and strengthen the relationship with our distinguished government officials, community leaders, and all the Grand Rapids Sister Cities International guests.

A portion of the sponsorship dollars and ticket sales will be dedicated to continue funding of our partnerships and exchange programs.

Please feel free to call us with questions at 616-234-3170.

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