SpendMend Supports Bee Brave Fundraiser To Help Raise Funds For Breast Cancer Research!

Written By Hannah Geelhoed, Community Involvement Director

Over the past several years we have been fortunate at SpendMend.  Our business has grown and we have added many new and talented team members that share our work ethic and our values.  Success is not something that we take for granted and we believe in fostering a culture of community, humility, and gratitude.  Wherever possible we encourage our team to “give back” to several charities that we support including Bee Brave, Purple Community, Kid’s Food Basket, Toys 4 Tots, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Boys and Girls Club, and others.

One of the many charitable fundraisers that we support is the Bee Brave 5K Race in Grand Rapids MI.  Bee Brave stands out to us because one hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Van Andel Institute, a Grand Rapids based research facility fighting Breast Cancer and Neurodegenerative diseases.

In just the last three years our generous staff and management team have donated nearly $20,000 to the change-making organization. I have personally been able to take tours of the Van Andel facility and have gotten to see the machines and meet the staff that Bee Brave’s donations have been able to purchase and hire.

As everyone knows, 2020 has seen many cancelled and postponed events, but fortunately we will be able to continue our tradition next weekend and once again support Bee Brave as a platinum level sponsor for their October 10th fundraiser.  Based on the guidance provided by our state and through strict enforcement by the leaders at Bee Brave, I am certain we will be able to do our part to help support this worthy cause, all while keeping everyone safe.  The Bee Brave community is faithful, strong, and loyal.

Bee Brave founder Pat Ringnalda offered the following sentiments to help outline the importance of the event, “The Bee Brave charity organization consists of like-minded people who have a passion for a community cause. 100% of what we raise, including race registrations, go directly to the Van Andel Institute for local breast cancer research! SpendMend has been a HUGE contributor to our success, not only as a Platinum level sponsor, but also by creating energy to support our team fundraising efforts!

Please come join us on Saturday, October 10-either virtually or in person!  Click HERE to register and/or donate today using the SpendMend team’s fundraising page.  Any contribution you or your friends/family can make will help in significant and meaningful ways.

An Open Thank You To A Different Kind Of Healthcare Hero

We have heard the brave stories of the doctors, nurses, spiritual advisors, and janitorial staff members standing face-to-face with COVID-19 and its direct impact and we thank them for their courage and efforts, but we also want to thank the unsung and forgotten about members of healthcare.

Thank you to the AP departments for managing the hospital payments and helping keep the vendor relations strong.

Thank you to the finance department for rearranging budgets, managing cash flow and navigating through new complex regulations.

Thank you, Supply Chain, Materials Management, and Procurement for working every avenue to find PPE supplies as well as supplying the hospitals with the normal everyday supplies.

Thank you to the GPO reps for connecting hospitals with suppliers while helping balance required supplies throughout the members.

Many Americans may not know that what you do but we recognize you and appreciate all of your efforts at this time.

We are here to support you and thank you for supporting patient care,


To read more about how SpendMend is addressing COVID-19 click here