GRAND RAPIDS — John Logie, the longest serving mayor in Grand Rapids’ history, will be the subject of a “Thank the Mayor Community Celebration” on Friday.
The reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the Grand Galleria of the Van Andel Museum Center. The event is open to the public and visitors will be allowed free access to the museum’s exhibits and carousel during that time.
“We have seen Grand Rapids blossom under Mayor Logie’s leadership,” said Sam Cummings, president of Second Story Properties and chairman of the Logie Legacy Committee. “He helped establish a host of public and private partnerships fostering a decade of unprecedented growth and investment in our city. This celebration is a fitting sendoff for a great man and an incredible career.”
Logie, who will leave office in December, won election to the city’s top spot in 1991 and was re-elected twice before announcing he would not seek a fourth term.
The committee also is planning a “Friends of the Mayor Gala” to honor the mayor and raise funds to establish the Logie Fellowship at Grand Valley State University to attract GVSU students to future careers in local government.
That event is scheduled from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.