2nd Annual BloomAwards 2016 – OVERVIEW

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Underwritten by Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Thank you to everyone who supported the BloomAwards on May 19th, 2016 Unsung heroes were celebrated and stories of hope and encouragement were shared. You helped raise over $15,000 so parents and their children can be well-adjusted, healthy and strong!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2016 honorees!

Volunteers of the Year
Bobbi and Walt DeVries

Warrior Mom
Tabitha Grassmid

Community and Business Advocate
Family Futures

Health and Wellness Advocate
Dr. Robyn Hubbard

Lifetime Advocate
To Be Announced

A HUGE THANKS to our sponsors who make this event possible:


BloomAward Sponsors:
Kent County Perinatal Mood Disorders Coalition: Warrior Mom
Metro Health Foundation: Outstanding Health and Wellness Advocate
AHC+Hospitality: Volunteer of the Year
Spectrum Health: Community or Business Advocate
Downtown Courtyard by Marriott

Corporate Sponsors:
Life EMS Ambulance
Terry Johnston Photography
The Printery, an MPS Company
West Michigan Woman Magazine
Wolverine Building Group
Grand Rapids Women’s Health

Centerpiece Sponsors:
Harmony Brewing Company
Harbor Rehabilitation
Kathryn Padron, LMSW Counseling & Therapy Services, LLC
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Koehler Creations
Brewery Vivant
Local First
Williams Kitchen + Bath
In Full Bloom
Buchanan Insurance

Honor Champions:
Yoga Fever
Psychology Associates of Grand Rapids
Gold Coast Doulas
Family Tree Therapies
The Erickson Family
GVSU Kirkhof College of Nursing
Wolverine Glass

Adjusting to parenthood is one of the most difficult tasks people face in their lifetime. The success in that transition (or lack thereof) often impacts other aspects of life – including health, finances, career, marriage, and overall well-being. Giving moms (and dads) the confidence to ask for help when they need it, and provide resources when they ask, helps them succeed in other realms of life. This, in turn, helps to prevent the necessity of greater assistance down the road.

This year we are again honoring some of the individuals and groups who have helped “redesign the village” or who have overcome extraordinary circumstances surrounding parenting, and we invite you to join us for the ceremony and celebration!


BloomAward Categories:

Warrior Mom
Do you know someone—or are you yourself—a warrior…a survivor…someone who has been through the ringer and come through stronger and better than ever? Do you know a mom who has experienced postpartum depression or some other mental health crisis, a mom who has suffered miscarriage or stillbirth, a mom who has suffered job loss, divorce, bankruptcy or some other difficult life experience? Give us the opportunity to tell her story.

Volunteer of the Year
Do you know a MomsBloom Volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the mother of a new baby and her family adjust to their “new normal?” Someone who has helped you or another mom with emotional support, laundry, feedings, diapers, other children, or any of the other numerous challenges a new baby brings to a family? We’re looking for nominations!

Lifetime Advocate
Some people are born with a passion, or experience something that creates a passion, and spend their lives dedicating themselves to helping others. We are looking for nominations for a person who has done just that. Do you know someone who has dedicated themselves to helping women with perinatal mood disorders, such as postpartum depression? Someone who has worked tirelessly to shine a light on the issues surrounding childbirth, or the postpartum period? Tell us about that person today.

Outstanding Community or Business Advocate
There are many businesses and non-profits in the West Michigan community that work to help mothers and new families get the best start possible in life. These organizations provide support in the form of education, information, volunteers, materials, and even financial support so that new families can thrive. Please submit your nomination today!

Outstanding Health & Wellness Provider
West Michigan is blessed with many remarkable Health and Wellness Providers whose work is devoted to new life and to supporting women in their journeys to motherhood. We’re looking for nominations for midwives, doctors, nurses, lactation consultants, therapists, doulas, pediatricians, nutritionists, and any other advocate for women’s and infants’ health pre-and/or-post-partum. Have you worked with someone who has gone the extra mile for you or your baby’s health? Submit your nomination here.

2015 BloomAwards Honorees:

On May 19, 2015 MomsBloom was proud to announce the honorees for the 1st BloomAwards!

Outstanding Community or Business Advocate Award goes to: The Mother & Baby Program at Pine Rest, with Megan Roudabush accepting.

Outstanding Health and Wellness Advocate Award goes to: Ann Bongiorno from the Spectrum Health MOMS Program.

Warrior Mom Award for motherhood in the face of great adversity is: Marissa Berghorst, mother of two and owner of EcoBuns in Holland.

MomsBloom Volunteer of the Year goes to: Ariel Edsall.

Lifetime Achievement: Kathy Buchanan, Spectrum Health


Venue: Courtyard Marriott
11 Monroe Grand Rapids, MI 49503 - Map

Contact Info

Contact Name: Sara
Contact Phone: 616-828-1021
Contact Email: Sara@momsbloom.org