Help Celebrate Jim’s Life and a Dear Cause


A Fundraiser for the Jim Swanlund

Memorial Scholarship Fund

All money goes to Hill Child Development Center

3–7 PM

Lucas/Swanlund Home
1308 4 Mile Rd NE
Grand Rapids MI 49525


Jim Swanlund Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund was created by Jim’s family in 2012 when he passed away from dementia.

The fund provides tuition assistance for children to attend Hill Child Development Center – the Bethlehem Church ministry that Jim helped start in 1971 so that children, regardless of income, could attend a quality daycare.

In 2016, 35 children from 32 families received tuition assistance totaling $33,000 at the Hill Child Development Center.

Hill CDC is located in the Heartside neighborhood in downtown Grand Rapids.  It now includes the Intergenerational Center, for the care of seniors (65 and older).  Programming is designed to encourage children and elders to interact at various times during the day through activities.

When Jim passed away five years ago, he left a lasting legacy – not only among his family and friends, but the many children and families whose lives he touched as a longtime educator and principal in the Grand Rapids community. This includes the Hill Child Development Center at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where he played an integral role in establishing in 1971.

To carry on Jim’s mission and ensure that children can continue to thrive in Hill CDC’s reputable and nurturing environment, regardless of income, the Jim Swanlund Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 2012. Since then, it has helped provide tuition assistance to dozens of families each year.

Today, more than 70% of kids in the center receive some type of tuition aid.

Outdoor Party

We will have several lawn chairs, tables with seating, and a couple of tents for protection from rain or sun.

Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and adult beverages.

Note: parking is very limited.

There will be limited parking onsite for those needing to park close by. We recommend dropping passengers off at the drive and parking on nearby side streets.

There will be attendants at the drive to assist with parking, as well as golf carts to shuttle attendees to and from their cars.

Ticket Information

Tickets are $15 each, or 4 tickets for $50. Kids 10 & Under Free!

Each ticket includes:

  • Pork, cooked by Sheldon Meats
  • 5 side dishes plus cookies and brownies, catered by Byron Family Restaurant
  • Soda and bottled water, provided by Great Lakes Coca Cola
  • Music by Jake & Jimmy, playing a mix of bluesy oldies, classic rock, and originals
  • Music by Justin Stover, a one-man band folk and punk with a hint of country

To Purchase Tickets:

  • Make checks payable to: Bethlehem Church (note “Swanlund Scholarship” in the memo).

Checks can be mailed or given to:

Julie Lucas
1308 4 Mile Rd NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

  • Purchase tickets online:

Swanlund Scholarship Fundraiser Tickets
Kids 10 & under FREE!

  • Pay at the event by cash or check (For planning purposes it is preferred tickets are purchased in advance)


Julie Lucas, 616-481-1311

Sue Swanlund, 616-874-4120

Check out our Facebook event:

“A Life Well Lived: Celebrating Jim Swanlund” Pig Roast