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MOTOWN SOUL - 2020 GALA

Hop on the GLCFA soul train for an unforgettable evening celebrating the magic of a classic era! The Center invites you to travel back to Hitsville U.S.A. for a spectacular Gala event, Saturday, July 11, Motown Soul – 2020 Gala Featuring the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight! This supreme evening features a VIP Dinner with a live auction, Gala Concert by Gladys Knight followed by a Rhythm & Blues Bash. Experience the Motown magic, the original Sound of America, like never before at this fabulous fundraising evening at the Center.

All proceeds from the Gala benefit the Center’s mission to inspire, entertain, and educate with year-round, world-class performances, affordable ticket pricing, and a robust education program.

THE EVENING

VIP DINNER & LIVE AUCTION

THE EMPRESS OF SOUL,
GLADYS KNIGHT IN CONCERT

RHYTHM & BLUES BASH

Gladys Knight

Gala Concert

Featuring: Gladys Knight

The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B, and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television, and live performance.

In her first effort since 2013’s “Another Journey” – Knight’s 8th solo effort – this summer marked the release of “Where My Heart Belongs,” which recently won an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Gospel Album.” Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade.

Leading the classic group Gladys Knight and The Pips, Knight achieved iconic status releasing some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Top 10 gold-certified singles like the #1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia” established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premier pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world.  In 1995, Knight earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the next year, Gladys Knight and The Pips were inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. In 1998, she and The Pips were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004, Knight received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the annual BET Awards ceremony.

A tireless performer who still wows audiences around the country and the world, Knight also finds the time to make forays into film and television. In addition to numerous other television credits over the years, in 2019 Knight returned to the small screen in the Lifetime original movie Seasons of Love, and in the New Year, she will guest on Lee Daniels and FOX’s series Empire opposite Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. 

Tickets & Sponsorships

Tickets begin at $300 for the Concert and Rhythm & Blues Bash and sponsorships begin at $1,500 and include the VIP Dinner. 

In exchange for your contribution, the estimated fair market value of the Gala Concert and Rhythm & Blues Bash is $150 per ticket, and sponsorships including the VIP Dinner, it is a total of $250 per ticket. All amounts in excess of the fair market value are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. 

For reservations and more information, please fill out the form below. Contact the Development Office with further questions at 231.439.2601 or gala@greatlakescfa.org.

THANK YOU TO OUR GALA SPONSORS TO DATE!

Co-Chairs

Lin & Herb Henkel

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Want to see your company’s logo here? Contact the Development Office at 231.439.2601 or gala@greatlakescfa.org

THANK YOU TO OUR IN-KIND SPONSORS TO DATE!

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