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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 $9.9 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 C26648)

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. 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:

Mercedes Benz GLK arranged through Fox Motors USA
Cadillac SRX arranged through Cherry Capital Cadilac

Gladhander Volunteers

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.

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. Last year was the 30th annual Gladhander, and net proceeds were $400,863. 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) 

PAST GLADHANDER THEMES

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

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Internet Auction

Select Gladhander items are available on eBAY.