Art Van is newest philanthropist making a difference here

When future generations of baseball lovers step into the West Michigan Sports Commission’s $7.8 million baseball-softball complex, they will read the name of not only the stadium, but of the man looking to leave his philanthropic mark in West Michigan.


With a commitment of $1.8 million to the complex, Art Van Elslander, owner of Art Van Furniture, recently won the naming rights to the future complex site at 10 Mile Road and U.S. 131 in Plainfield Township.


The groundbreaking is set for 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, said Kathleen Stewart Ponitz, principal at Progressive AE, and fundraising will continue through Phase I of the building process, with Phase II still to be scheduled. Construction manager Owen-Ames-Kimball and Progressive AE are leading the project together.


Stewart Ponitz said it was so encouraging to see another respected name in philanthropy making a commitment to West Michigan, especially considering that Art Van is a Warren-based furniture company.


“We have a brand new name on a brand new building in Grand Rapids, and they’re not even from around here,” she said. “It seems like everywhere I go, he’s contributing.” Read more.

Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission:

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan:

Eric Engelbarts, II

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