Grand Event LIFE



Get ready for LIFE coming this fall

The Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation is excited to announce the details of their annual fundraiser tied directly to the Pavilions’ mission “to provide accessible, trusted and compassionate care that enhances quality of life for aging adults.” As an advocate for the aging adults in our community the Pavilions is preparing for the silver tsunami of10,000 baby-boomers turning 65 every day in our country.  In Grand Traverse County 20% of the population will be over the age of 65 by 2020, and in our neighboring Leelanau County, one of the fastest aging in the state, nearly 33% of the county’s population is already over the age of 65.  The one thing that most aging adults have in common is that they want to remain a healthy quality of life well into their retirement years. 

The Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation will host The Grand Event: LIFE based on the Hasbro’s The Game of LIFE®, which most baby-boomers remember fondly from their childhood. This ticketed event will allow participants to play the game with a chance to win thousands of dollars' worth of prizes.  

“Each participant will play the Game of LIFE and have the opportunity to win great prizes,” says Deborah Allen, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation. “The Game of LIFE fits so well into our vision of successful aging.  Players strive to navigate through “LIFE” with the end goal to achieve a happy and healthy retirement. Funds raised from the event will be utilized to support Grand Traverse Pavilions special projects to ensure area seniors have the ability to age with grace, independence and a sustained quality of life.”

The Grand Event is held each year the Saturday prior to Grandparents Day, the only National Holiday established to honor our elders. This year’s event will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort on Saturday, September 7, 2019 starting at 7 pm.

“The Grand Event: LIFE is a unique opportunity to engage the community and area businesses while supporting and honoring our elders,” says Allen. “We expect it to be a fun evening for all, with great opportunities for some amazing prizes, while supporting programs for our areas elders”. Adults are encouraged to form teams and play LIFE to support a worthy social charity whose mission is to care for the needs of our region’s aging adults.

Individual tickets to participate in the Grand Event start at $100. Sponsorships levels start at $250 and up. Sponsors of the event garner great exposure to hundreds of local residents, supporters and participants. Interested sponsors can reach out to the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation for more information at (231) 932-3018 or email Jessi at 

*Special permission to use the Game of Life trademark was granted from Hasbro, Inc.


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