2023 Gala

Thank you to all who joined us for the 2023 Gala: A Night with Chicago, our annual fundraiser that helps support the Center's mission to inspire, entertain, educate, and serve all in Northern Michigan. We hope you had a rockin' good time as we packed the house for an unforgettable performance by Chicago before dancing the night away with the Bluewater Kings Band at the Rooftop Afterparty. The 2023 Gala was an evening to remember!

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. 

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


  • Lin and Herb Henkel
  • Bill and Barbara Parfet
  • Thomas and Joan Sabatino
  • David V. and Pamela Johnson, Bay Harbor Company, Harbor Sotheby's International Realty
  • Jane Warner and John Hegener


  • Anonymous
  • Bill and Gigi Clements
  • Carole and Bill Cobb
  • Bill and Marilyn Crawford
  • Kevin and Kathryn Hess
  • Amy and Paul Heuerman
  • The Oswald and Hulsey Family
  • The Mansfield Family Foundation
  • Gib and Sandy Mosher
  • Paul and Dianne Saber, Panera Bread
  • Jim and Janet Riehl
  • Bill and Julie Wentworth
  • Howard and Laura Willard


  • Jonathan and Mary Kay Borisch Family
  • Chris and Tami Christensen
  • Trip and Chris Howell
  • Gretchen and Keith Pretty
  • Steve and Lisa Trulaske
  • Ambassador Ron Weiser and Barrie Bender


  • Laura and Ronald Bostick
  • Tim and Cindy Brammer
  • Robyn Overbey Daley
  • Matt and Kathleen Davis
  • Don and Janet DeFosset
  • John and Martha Eggemeyer
  • Dr. and Mrs. Warren Gase
  • Curt Harrison
  • Jane and Michael Hourani
  • Maryann Kolb
  • Kevan and Wynne Lawlor
  • Irving and Susan Levy
  • Robert and Annette Pocica
  • Craig and Irene Rogerson
  • Bob and Elysa Roskam
  • John Rutherford
  • Stephen and Mary Jo Scofes
  • Jay and Carol Slavsky
  • Patricia Swope and Jeff Gagie
  • Kurt and Phoebe Wietzke


  • Mary Garcia
  • Paul Knapp

In Kind


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