Attendee Details

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Enjoy a night of Motown Magic with a most memorable Gala Concert by Motown icon, Gladys Knight, then continue your evening with a spectacular Rhythm & Blues Bash! This bash includes "Taste of Motown" food stations crafted by Vernales, featuring favorite dishes from different Detroit neighborhoods, an open bar with signature drinks inspired by Lavender Hill Farm, and energetic live music from the Bluewater Kings Band! 

The Evening

5:00PM Doors Open for VIP Dinner Guests

VIP Welcome sponsored by Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery 

Cocktails and Photo Opportunity
Live Auction

7:45PM Center and Theater Doors Open for Concert Ticket Holders

Cocktails and Photo Opportunity

8:30PM Gala Concert 

Gladys Knight

10:00PM Rhythm & Blues Bash

Rhythm & Blues Bash sponsored by Todd Wenzel Automotive Group

Signature drinks inspired by Lavender Hill Farm

Bluewater Kings Band
Taste of Motown Food Stations

11:30PM Evening concludes

Event Attire

Dress in whatever you feel is comfortable for a special Gala event – Motown flair is encouraged! 

The Annual Gala is black tie optional, with those that enjoy a tux choosing to don them and those that do not opting for other attire. We expect everything from cocktail dresses, to sparkly gowns, to purple pant suits. Attendees are encouraged to have fun with the theme - think sequins and sparkle!

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 – 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.

Check In & Tickets

Please check in upon arrival. Tickets for the Gala will be distributed that evening upon arrival. 


If you are a sponsor, tickets will be reserved under your name. Please distribute the tickets to your guests while seated together at dinner. 


If you are a guest of a sponsor, the host of your table will receive all tickets when they check in and provide them to you during dinner.


If you are a Concert ticket holder, your tickets will be reserved under your last name.


The Center is located at 800 Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor, Michigan. The Bay Harbor community is just west of Petoskey and east of Charlevoix on US 31.


As you turn from US 31 into the Village at Bay Harbor at the US 31 traffic light, you will be on Bay Harbor Drive. As you head down Bay Harbor Drive, you may find parking for the Center on your right in the GLCFA Main Parking Lot, with overflow in the lot to the south (towards US 31).

Arrival & Parking

Please see map below indicating where you may park your vehicle. Reserved spaces for handicapped patrons are located in the front row and the first four parking spaces of the Main Parking Lot. In addition, the Center’s porte-cochère may be utilized for easy drop-off at the main entrance to the building. We will have a GEM car available to help escort guests between the parking lot and Center.



The concert begins at 8:30PM sharp. Late attendees will need to wait to be escorted into the theater.


Our live auction will be held immediately following the VIP Dinner in the Community Engagement Room. All bidding will be done live at the event.


For any questions, please contact the Development Office at 231.439.2604 or [email protected]