2021 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 10, Motown Soul – 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 fundraiser at the Center.

Due to potential capacity restrictions, a smaller number of guests will be allowed to purchase tickets at this time. Currently, only sponsorship level tickets are available.

All proceeds from the Gala benefit the Center’s mission to inspire, entertain, educate, and serve all in Northern Michigan year-round by presenting exceptional experiences across the full spectrum of the performing arts and offering impactful educational opportunities.

Gala Concert

2021-1-8-Gladys-Knight-photo.pngThe 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 – last 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. 


Individual Sponsorships

Honorary Chair | $50,000 (FULFILLED)

  • Recognition from Center Stage
  • Twelve prime tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rhythm & Blues Bash
  • Distinguished recognition on all materials
  • Personal onsite concierge for the duration of the evening
  • VIP reserved seating for all evening events

Co-Chair | $25,000

  • Recognition from Center Stage
  • Eight prime tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rhythm & Blues Bash
  • Distinguished recognition on all materials
  • Personal onsite concierge for the duration of the evening
  • VIP reserved seating for all evening events

Committee | $12,000

  • Eight prime tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rhythm & Blues Bash
  • VIP reserved seating for all evening events

Maestro | $6,000

  • Four tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rhythm & Blues Bash

Director | $3,000

Two tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rhythm & Blues Bash

Soloist | $1,500

One ticket to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rhythm & Blues Bash


Corporate Sponsorships

Diamond Event Sponsor | $50,000

  • Twelve prime tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rhythm & Blues Bash
  • Naming rights to the Gala Concert with prominent logo placement
  • VIP reserved seating for all evening events
  • Personal onsite concierge for the duration of the evening

Platinum Event Sponsors | $25,000

  • Eight tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rhythm & Blues Bash
  • Naming rights to choice of: Rhythm & Blues Bash or VIP Dinner
  • VIP reserved seating at the Rhythm & Blues Bash
  • Logo on cocktail napkins at the Rhythm & Blues Bash or VIP Dinner

Gold Event Sponsors | $12,000

  • Six tickets to the VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rhythm & Blues Bash
  • Naming rights to choice of: Rhythm & Blues Bash Entertainment, VIP Welcome, or Signature Drink

Silver Event Sponsors | $6,000

Four tickets to the VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rhythm & Blues Bash


2021 Sponsors

Honorary Chairs

  • Daniel and Pamella DeVos

Co-Chairs

  • Lin and Herb Henkel
  • Amy and Paul Heuerman
  • Bill and Barbara Parfet
  • Sonja Hoel Perkins and Jonathan Perkins

Committee

  • Anonymous
  • Bill and Gigi Clements
  • The Cobb Family
  • Bill and Marilyn Crawford
  • John Hegener and Jane Warner
  • David and Pamela Johnson
  • The Mansfield Family Foundation
  • Gilbert and Sandy Mosher
  • Larry and Kathy Oswald

Maestro

  • Nancy DeCastro and Tim Sparks
  • Robert and Pat Hemingway Hall
  • Tom and Ann Stallkamp

Director

  • Tom and Maureen Bickersteth
  • Don and Jan DeFosset
  • Brian and Fernanda Fisher
  • Curt Harrison
  • Paul and Nancy Knapp
  • Irving and Susan Levy
  • George and Andrea Peck
  • Robert and Annette Pocica
  • Craig and Irene Rogerson
  • David and Robin Small

Soloist

  • Lois Aroian

In-Kind 

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Questions?

For any questions, please contact the Development Office at 231.439.2600 or [email protected]