Theme Ideas Sought
Already, there are several possible themes for next year's Gladhander auction, but we're always open to additional suggestions. If you have a Gladhander theme idea, please submit it to by January 15, 2014. Please include the following information:
Brief description of your vision
You can submit via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give to any building secretary.
Proposed themes can be submitted as a general concept (e.g., "Western") or specific (e.g., "Oklahoma") and need not include a complete name (e.g., "Oh, What A Beautiful Evening!) Potential themes are evaluated for their ability to create a unique, memorable and elegant guest experience. The theme must also inspire the delightful decorations for which Gladhander is known. The theme provides ambience for the event's main attraction, the live and silent auctions. Only once in Gladhander history has a theme been repeated; in 2002, the theme Circus Circus was chosen to honor the first-ever Gladhander, "Circus," in 1983. For your reference, a list of past themes is provided below:
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!
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 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. In 2013, there was a two-way tie between Holy Angels and St. Francis.
- Holy Angels - WINNER (tie with St. Francis)
- Immaculate Conception
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
- St. Francis - WINNER (tie with Holy Angels)
Select Gladhander items are available on eBAY.