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Garden Party

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THE GARDEN PARTY northern michigan- AUGUST 12, 2018

Fantastic food, fabulous cars, fine wine will be served up at the Garden Party Northern Michigan on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Harris Gardens at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. The event benefits scholarships for North Central’s manufacturing programs.

This 300-guest wine and food gala features exceptional regional cuisine prepared by the area’s finest restaurants, paired with extraordinary wine featured and distributed by Great Lakes Wine and Spirits. Guests wear their best garden party chic (including hats for the ladies). In addition, there will be a handsome display of classic cars.

The Garden Party Foundation was founded by Elizabeth and Sydney L. Ross. The Garden Party event was initiated by the J. Lewis Cooper Family and Elizabeth and Sydney L. Ross Foundation (owners of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits) ten years ago to benefit trade and occupational programs at southeast Michigan community colleges. Since 2016, they are sponsoring an additional event in Northern Michigan to benefit North Central. The event in 2016 raised $65,000 for scholarships and equipment for the College's Computer Numerical Controls program. The event in 2017 raised $58,000.58!

The Garden Party event was initiated and is maintained by The J. Lewis Cooper family and Elizabeth and Sydney L. Ross Foundation. The purpose of The Garden Party is to create a pleasant Sunday afternoon that is pleasing to the eye, the palate, and for its charitable aspect – pleasing to the soul. The Garden Party Foundation’s mission is to support multiple local charities and use money raised to support Michigan causes. The foundation also aims to make The Garden Party the finest and most prominent food and wine event in the state.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Coming soon! 2018 Honorary Hosts and sponsors.



Suzanne and Jason Allen

Marcia and Richard Ames

Joanne Arbaugh

Jane and Michael Bacon

Marsha and Neil Bidwell

Renee and Pier Borra

Kathryn and Martin Breighner

Cameron Brunet-Koch, Ph.D. and Bruce Koch

Chris and Max Bunker

Chemical Bank

Citizens National Bank

Kristen and Sam Clark

Susie and Lewis Cooper III

Teresa and David Crouse

Renee DeYoung and Alan Terry

Chris Etienne and Dennis Lindeman

Arthur Francis

Brenda and Ted Frey

Denise and David Hartnett

Susan and Edgar Howbert

Megan and Casey Iaccino

Lawrence F. Kaine

Melissa and Paul Keiswetter

Joan and Ben Kleinstiver

Lisa R.S. Kleinstiver

Debbie and Dave Kring

Marion Kuebler

Nancy and Stephen Lindsay

Drs. Jane and Bill Millar

Peggy and Philip Millard

Lesley and Longine Morawski

Gayle Mroczkowski

Irma Noël and James Rand

Marta and Pete Olson

Beverly Paisley

Elizabeth and Sydney Ross

Barb and Ham Schirmer

Elizabeth E. Sheahan

Dr. and Mrs. James Shirilla

Marilynn and Stan Smith

Carrie and Dick Smith

Mary Lou and John Tanton

Jamie Rae and Douglas Turnbull

Mary Ann and Michael Van Lokeren

Dee and Dr. Dan Wickham

Barbara Worgess

Nicole and Norman Yatooma



Great Lakes Wine and Spirits


Charity Motors

MP Tool & Engineering


Bauervic-Paisley Foundation

Frey Foundation

Melissa and Paul Keiswetter and Petoskey Plastics

MPS Foundation


Clark Construction

Dr. and Mrs. James Shirilla

Meijer, Inc.

Pointe Alarm LLC

Barb and Ham Schirmer


5H irrigation and Maintenance

365 Outdoor

9and10 News/Fox 32

Marcia and Richard Ames

Marsha and Neil Bidwell

Kathryn and Martin Breighner

Bunker, Clark, Winnell & Nuorala, PC

Teresa and David Crouse


Arthur Francis

Lawrence F. Kaine

Korotkin Insurance

Dave Kring Chevrolet Cadillac

Peggy and Philip Millard

Mitchell Graphics

Northern Michigan Medical Society

Northern Trust

Michael and Mary Ann Van Lokeren

Dr. Dan and Dee Wickham

2017 restaurants

Barrel Back Restaurant

Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs

Chandler's A Restaurant

City Park Grill

Corner Grocer

Crow's Nest Restaurant

The Fish, Harbor Springs

Iron Horse Cafe

Maple River Pub

Petoskey Bay View Country Club

Stafford's Hospitality

Walloon Lake Inn


Also many thanks to 5H Irrigation & Maintenance for transforming the Harris Gardens for the Garden Party!