Grand Traverse Pavilions Gala "An Un-Common Evening" Raises $52,000 for a Noble Cause

Traverse City, MI – October 20, 2016 – The 2016 Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation Gala returned to northern Michigan, transporting guests back in time to 1916, to support a noble cause, bringing PACE, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly to northern Michigan.

“We were excited to bring the Gala back,” said Deborah Allen, Executive Director of the Foundation. “A grand time was had by all, and with the support of our sponsors, donors, and guests the evening raised $52,000 for the campaign for PACE.”

Grand Traverse Pavilions Medical Director Dr. Mark Jackson and his wife Deb Jackson, Gala Committee Chair and a Trustee of the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation Board, played host and hostess, or actually “Earl and Countess” for the evening. Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation Board President Dennis Prout offered an invocation. A trio of musicians featuring Sylvia Norris, Liz Bert, and Steven K. Leonard set the mood with Edwardian music. Aged to Perfection Troop members Hettie Molvang and Howard Bridges performed an adapted version of the one-act play “Yesterday”. GTP Foundation Treasurer Russ Knopp helped Allen with the Live Auction for the evening. The evening concluded with the reveal of the winner of the Timeless Treasures raffle featuring a $1100 Cameo donated by CC Jewelers, won by guest Sue Gresens. 

“We are grateful to all of our sponsors including PNC Bank who signed on as the Royal Grand Sponsor for the event,” said Kory Hansen, Administrator/CEO of Grand Traverse Pavilions. “With their support, and the support of many other sponsors and local businesses, we were able to pull off a great event with some great auction items and entertainment.”

The Hagerty Center was transformed into a 1916 royal estate with help from Kate at 307 Events/Sweet Themes, along with Cindy Hardy of Lilies of the Ally and Megan Kellogg of Darling Botanicals. Pictures of the event were captured by John Bullington of John Bullington Photography.

“We couldn’t have achieved our goal without the amazing support of our Gala Committee, our Foundation Board, Grand Traverse Pavilions Leadership and employees, our sponsors, donors, and the guests who came to enjoy the evening,” said Allen, “I am humbled and honored to serve with such a dedicated group, for such a worthy cause.”

Next year’s Gala will be held the weekend of September 9 and 10 to coincide with Grandparents’ Day.

Established in 1997, The Foundation oversees the development and fundraising endeavors of The Grand Traverse Pavilions.

Contributions to the Foundation are directed at those programs and services that are not funded by traditional reimbursement.  Monies raised, for example, provide assistance for individuals on fixed incomes to access our varied multi-aged programs and services, including adult day and overnight respite, rehabilitation, assisted living, and long-term skilled nursing care.

Regardless of ability to pay, Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation strives to ensure that there is full access to the programs and services of the Pavilions.  The Foundation provided more than $4.5 million last year in benevolent care to members of our community.


Check out the pictures from the evening by clicking here.