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
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: vols.pt/y75uuR
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.
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
PAST GLADHANDER THEMES
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
Select Gladhander items are available on eBAY.