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 $9.5 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 #C26219)
Will YOU be the big winner at this year's Gladhander prize drawing? If so, you'll take home your choice of a BMW XI, a Cadillac ATS or $32,000 in cash! Fourteen 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. 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:
BMW XI arranged through Fox Motors USA
Cadillac ATS arranged through Cherry Capital Cadilac
To sign up to volunteer at Gladhander, go to our VolunteerSpot page at http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/45594642002. You may also contact the Gladhander office at 231 941-4523. Gladhander could not be accomplished without the help of more than 450 volunteers! From decorations to raffle solicitations to staffing the "Main Event," volunteers are the reason for Gladhander's phenomenal success. Thank you!
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.
Your participation provides valuable financial assistance and vital funding to ensure the continued availability of a top quality, Christ-centered education in Traverse City. Last year was the 30th annual Gladhander, and net proceeds were $392,875. Thank you!
Drive for 2000 Intra-School Raffle Ticket Competition
Because our students love a friendly competition, we've offered 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 this year's "Drive for 2000" challenge. The projects have been idenfified as follows:
- Holy Angels – improvements to the “playing field” area of the playground (better slope, sod, goals)
- Immaculate Conception – dining hall enhancements
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – library and computer lab upgrade
- St. Francis – a grotto for the south building entrance
Good luck, students!
Select Gladhander items are available on eBAY.