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Gladhander Auction

Established in 1983, the Gladhander is the area's premier gala event complete with silent and live auctions plus a renowned raffle prize drawing! Since the first Gladhander, the event has raised more than $10 million to support Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools. Event tickets are available for $150 per person. Corporate tables also available. Attend and be part of the area's finest fundraiser, complete with live auction, silent auction, dinner/drinks, exciting raffle prizes, and plenty of opportunities to socialize and mingle. There's even a midnight breakfast buffet to fuel you for late-night entertainment. RSVP by calling (231) 941-GLAD or click on the "purchase tickets" link above. 

Gladhander Car (or Cash) Raffle (License C27204)

Will YOU be the big winner at this  year's Gladhander prize drawing? If so, you'll take home your choice of a Mercedes Benz GLK a Cadillac SRX or $32,000 in cash! Ten additional cash prizes will given away, and you need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are available for $125 each or two for $200 or three for $250. Proceeds benefit Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools. Make checks payable to Gladhander or, for credit card purchases, call (231) 941-GLAD.

We are grateful for the arrangements for this year's raffle cars:

2016 BMW 320i xDrive arranged through Fox Motors USA
2016 Cadillac ATX All Wheel Drive arranged through Cherry Capital Cadillac

Gladhander Volunteers

We're using VolunteerSpot to organize volunteers for Gladhander 2015.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: 

   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
   3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. 

Gladhander Preview Night

Can't come to Gladhander this year? Preview Night was designed to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the amazing decorations and festive ambience that transforms Holy Angels Elementary/St. Francis High School into a magical setting. Preview Night is free and open to the public (adults only), and refreshments are served. Silent auction bidding is also available, and raffle tickets will be offered for sale for your convenience. Event begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs til approximately 9:00 p.m.

Why Gladhander?

Your participation provides valuable financial assistance and vital funding to ensure the continued availability of a top quality, Christ-centered education in Traverse City. Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Gladhander. The total amount raised was $380,209, bringing Gladhander's total contribution (since inception) to Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools to $10,345,769.

Drive for 2000 Intra-School Raffle Ticket Competition

Because our students love a friendly competition, we offer them the chance to compete for a top prize of $7,500 toward an improvement project. To participate, ticket purchasers need to check the box indicating their preferred benefactor of the "Drive for 2000" challenge.

  • Holy Angels Preschool & Elementary
  • Immaculate Conception Elementary School
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School
  • St. Francis High School


1983 Circus

1984 Putting on the Ritz

1985 Set Sail

1986 The Orient

1987 Southern Elegance

1988 Mardi Gras

1989 A Crystal affair

1990 Fiesta Ole

1991 Under the Sea

1992 Castles and Crowns

1993 Hooray for Hollywood

1994 Into the Arabesque

1995 Victorian Splendor

1996 On the Wild Side

1997 When in Rome

1998 C'est Magnifique

1999 Jewel of the Nile

2000 Steppin' Out

2001 Russian Rhapsody

2002 Circus Circus

2003 An Enchanted Evening

2004 La Dolce Vita

2005 Ramblin' on Route 66

2006 All the World's a Stage

2007 A Silver Celebration

2008 Erin Go Bragh

2009 Fun & Games

2010 Music of Motown

2011 Seuss on the Loose

2012 80s Rewind

2013 Extravaganza Earth

2014 'Tis A Classic

2015 New York, New York

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Internet Auction

Select Gladhander items are available on eBAY.