2023 Gala

A taste of the Windy City is heading this way! One of the most legendary rock & roll bands of all time, Chicago, will bring their signature sound to the party of the season – the Great Lakes Center for the Arts’ 2023 Gala! 

Enjoy an unforgettable evening featuring cocktails, a VIP dinner with a live auction, and Chicago - LIVE in concert. After the show, guests are encouraged to head upstairs to the Rooftop Afterparty to dance the night away under the stars and enjoy tasty, well-crafted cocktails and inspired bites on the Center’s version of the Willis Tower.

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Proceeds from the Gala benefit the mission of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts—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. 


The Evening 

Attire: Chicago Chic, Black Tie optional

5:00PM VIP Dinner (Attended through a Sponsorship only)

8:30PM Gala Concert with Chicago

10:00PM Rooftop Afterparty sponsored by Todd Wenzel Automotive

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About Chicago

 

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This year marks Chicago’s 56th consecutive year of touring. The setlist will include timeless fan favorites that span multiple decades and are beloved by fans of all ages!

Chicago is one of the longest-running and best-selling groups of all time and the highest-charting American band in Billboard’s Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists. The first American band to ever chart albums in Billboard’s Pop Top 40 in five consecutive decades, Chicago has earned an impressive 47 gold and platinum awards throughout their distinguished career. In 2020, Chicago was awarded a Grammy for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy.


Individual Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Become a Sponsor

Co-Chair | $25,000

  • Recognition from Center Stage
  • Eight prime tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rooftop Afterparty
  • Distinguished recognition on all materials
  • Optional on-call personal concierge available via text or phone call for duration of the evening
  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Acknowledgment on the Gala webpage

Committee | $12,000

  • Eight tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rooftop Afterparty
  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Acknowledgment on the Gala webpage

Maestro | $6,000

  • Four tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rooftop Afterparty
  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Acknowledgment on the Gala webpage

Director | $3,000

  • Two tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rooftop Afterparty
  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Acknowledgment on the Gala webpage

Soloist | $1,500

  • One ticket to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rooftop Afterparty
  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Acknowledgment on the Gala webpage


Corporate Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Diamond Event Sponsor | $50,000

  • Twelve prime tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rooftop Afterparty
  • Naming rights to the Gala Concert with prominent logo placement
  • Recognition from Center Stage
  • Company name listed in the Gala program
  • Recognition in printed and digital materials

Platinum Event Sponsors | $25,000

  • Eight prime tickets to VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rooftop Afterparty
  • Naming rights to choice of Rooftop Afterparty or (fulfilled) VIP Dinner 
  • Logo on cocktail napkins at the Rooftop Afterparty or VIP Dinner
  • Recognition from Center Stage
  • Company name listed in the Gala program
  • Recognition in printed and digital materials

Gold Event Sponsors | $12,000

  • Six tickets to the VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rooftop Afterparty
  • Naming rights to choice of Rooftop Afterparty Entertainment, VIP Welcome, or Signature Drink
  • Recognition from Center Stage
  • Company name listed in the Gala program
  • Recognition in printed and digital materials

Silver Event Sponsors | $6,000

  • Four tickets to the VIP Dinner, Gala Concert, and Rooftop Afterparty
  • Recognition from Center Stage
  • Company name listed in the Gala program
  • Recognition in printed and digital materials

Gala Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Todd Wenzel Automotive

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Silver Sponsor

John & Mary Leese

Harvey Lexus of Grand Rapids

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Honorary Chairs

  • Daniel & Pamella DeVos

Co-Chairs

  • Lin & Herb Henkel
  • Thomas and Joan Sabatino
  • Jane Warner and John Hegener

Committee

  • Bill and Marilyn Crawford
  • The Oswald and Hulsey Family
  • Howard and Laura Willard

Maestro

  • Chris and Tami Christensen

Director

  • Tim and Cindy Brammer
  • Robyn Overbey Daley
  • Matt and Kathleen Davis
  • Dr. and Mrs. Warren Gase
  • Kevan and Wynne Lawlor
  • Robert and Annette Pocica
  • Jay and Carol Slavsky
  • Patricia Swope and Jeff Gagie

In Kind

Questions?

For any questions, please contact the Development Office at 231.439.2601 or gala@greatlakescfa.org

Liability Release Waiver

All patrons of events at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts agree to the terms of the Liability Release Waiver.  View Waiver