Thanks to the support and generosity of our participants, the 9th Annual Julep Gala was a smashing success! We exceeded our philanthropic goal by more than 15% for a final total of $57,650!


These funds will help to put the infrastructure in place for Spectrum Health Pennock to become a stroke-certified hospital and will allow for continued education for hospital and EMS staff and supply the necessary equipment to treat stroke when it happens.


Watch our “Strides for Stroke” video here. 

Watch the race video here.

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Thank you to our generous donors, participants, and sponsors!


Belmont Stakes

Baum Family Foundation


Millionaires’ Row

Hastings Emergency Physicians PLC


Preakness Stakes

Maggie Coleman

Douglas and Margaret DeCamp Foundation – Flexfab LLC


Thornapple Manor


Derby Stakes

Advanced Radiology Services PC

CareLinc Medical Equipment & Supply

Christman Company

Commercial Bank

Paul DeWitt, MD

Highpoint Community Bank

Kalamazoo Anesthesiology

Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

Union Bank

James Weatherhead, MD


Starting Gate

Troy Dalman Agency

Joe and Suzanne Dahms

Ron and Angie Ditmar

JD and Lani Forbes

Hastings Mutual Insurance Company


Special thanks to:

AlFresco Home and Garden Décor

Bay Pointe Inn

Troy and Janine Dalman

Firekeepers Casino Hotel

Gordon and Linda Gasper

The Grilling Company

Kesslers Diamonds

Little River Casino Resort


Steve and Lisa Marzolf

Residence Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

Seasonal Grille

Tamara’s Cooking Classes, LLC

Tom’s Meat Market

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Event participants included:

Our zany pool noodle jockeys:

Lyn Briel

Angie Ditmar

Lani Forbes

Chelsey Foster

Brian Queen, MD

Dave Russell

Dave Sporer

Jon Sporer


21 - Pennock Julep Gala - Race Announcer


Our awesome race announcers:

Jeff Denny

Brad Johnson

Dave McIntyre


Our horse owners:

Ron & Carla Neil