Ginger Zee to be keynote speaker at Catholic Charities West Michigan’s Raising Hope Dinner

Catholic Charities West Michigan will hold its annual Raising Hope Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28 at Frederik Meijer Gardens, featuring Chief Meteorologist for ABC News and Rockford, MI-native, Ginger Zee, as the keynote speaker.

Guests of the event will hear a keynote address from Ginger Zee and powerful stories of impact from some of the individuals in CCWM’s counseling and group therapy programs, all while enjoying music as well as delicious food and drinks. Attendees will also get in the holiday spirit and experience free access to the “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibit at the Frederik Meijer Gardens.

The Raising Hope Dinner raises funds to support the more than 35 social service programs, in 11 counties, provided byCatholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM). Through these programs, CCWM provides help and creates hope for more than 21,000 individuals each year throughout West Michigan.


Date: November 28, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – Cocktail Reception, 7:15 PM – Dinner

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens

1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Price: $150 per ticket

For more information about event tickets or sponsorship, please contact Bethany Stowe, Associate Director of Fundraising and Events, at or 616.551.5663.

“We are thrilled to have Ginger Zee as our keynote speaker for Catholic Charities West Michigan’s Raising Hope Dinner! Ginger’s story, about her mental health struggles, mirrors the many experiences of our clients and showcases how counseling can be a powerful tool for healing,” said Chris Slater, CEO of Catholic Charities West Michigan. “We hope that people will join us for this amazing event and hear her story, as well as the stories of our clients, and support our programs, which make a huge difference in thousands of people’s lives each year.”

About Ginger Zee: Ginger Zee, is the chief meteorologist at ABC News. You see her covering the nation’s weather headlines on Good Morning Americaand across all ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms. She also hosts an ABC News original digital series, Food Forecast, focused on climate and its impact on agriculture and had a third place finish on the 22nd season of Dancing with the Stars.

But Zee’s story goes far beyond the confines of television. With the release of her New York Times best-selling memoir Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I am One, Zee brings readers along the immensely difficult path that took her from a depressed fledgling meteorologist to the first female chief network meteorologist at a network. But as she puts it, by chasing storms she was avoiding the real one brewing at home—a string of misguided relationships, including a horrifically abusive one that wouldn’t end until she was forced to call the police, and a deep soul search that lead her to check in to a mental health hospital ten days before starting her job at ABC. Zee was struggling with significant mental health issues that went undiagnosed until she entered that inpatient therapy and began—slowly but surely—to get her on track.

Despite all of this dysfunction, self-doubt, and turmoil, Zee has managed to build a remarkable career and family. Now, she is taking her message of resilience and self-care around the country. Zee will leave audiences feeling renewed, empowered, and intensely moved by her raw, poignant chronicle of life as a Natural Disaster.

The Emmy Award–winning meteorologist attended Valparaiso University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology. She served as an adjunct professor at her alma mater from 2008 to 2011. Ginger also holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society. She resides in New York City with her husband and son.

About Catholic Charities West Michigan: For nearly seven decades, Catholic Charities West Michigan has been feeding the hungry, counseling those who struggle and building strong families.  Through a broad spectrum of social service programs focused on the needs of children and families, CCWM serves residents of 11 counties in West Michigan. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, CCWM has more than 285 employees who have touched the lives of more than 21,000 individuals.  For more information, visit