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The Garden Party

Date: Aug 12, 2018 - Start:02:00 PM - End:05:00 PM


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.


Suzanne and Jason Allen

Marcia and Richard Ames

Marsha and Neil Bidwell

Kathryn and Dr. Thomas Biziorek

Renee and Pier Borra

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

Kristen and Sam Clark

Susie and Lewis Cooper III

Teresa and David Crouse

Renee DeYoung and Alan Terry

Chris Etienne and Dennis Lindeman

Brenda and Ted Frey

Richard Fruehauf

Denise and David Hartnett

Patricia and Lawrence Kaine

Matthew and Lisa Keene

Melissa and Paul Keiswetter

Debbie and Dave Kring

Marion Kuebler

Drs. Jane and Bill Millar

Peggy and Philip Millard

Irma Noël and James Rand

Beverly Paisley

Elizabeth and Sydney Ross

Barb and Ham Schirmer

Dr. and Mrs. James Shirilla

Carrie and Dick Smith

Marilynn and John Stover

Mary Ann and Michael Van Lokeren

Dee and Dr. Dan Wickham

Nicole and Norman Yatooma




Great Lakes Wine and Spirits


Charity Motors

MP Tool & Engineering


Pier and Renee Borra

Frey Foundation

Melissa and Paul Keiswetter and Petoskey Plastics


Bauveric-Paisley Foundation

Clark Construction

Meijer, Inc.

Barb and Ham Schirmer


Marcia and Richard Ames

Marsha and Neil Bidwell

Kathryn and Dr. Thomas Biziorek


Richard Fruehauf

Lawrence F. Kaine

Korotkin Insurance

Dave Kring Chevrolet Cadillac

Peggy and Philip Millard

Northern Trust

Dr. and Mrs. James Shirilla

Marilyn and John Stover

Michael and Mary Ann Van Lokeren

Dr. Dan and Dee Wickham


Bunker, Clark, Winnell & Nuorala, CPA

Mitchell Graphics, Inc.

Neumann/Smith Architecture