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Garden Party

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THE GARDEN PARTY northern Michigan — saturday, september 7, 2019

Fantastic food, fabulous cars, fine wine will be served up at the Garden Party Northern Michigan on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Harris Gardens at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. The event will benefit scholarships for North Central’s manufacturing programs.

This 300-guest wine and food gala will feature exceptional regional cuisine prepared by the area’s finest restaurants, paired with extraordinary wine featured and distributed by Great Lakes Wine and Spirits. Guests are encouraged to 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) eleven 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. To date, $168,000 has been raised for scholarships and equipment!

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.

Purchase Tickets:

Honorary Hosts

Suzanne and Jason Allen
Joanne Arbaugh
Renee and Pier Borra
Holly and Steve Brown
Chris and Max Bunker
Susie and Lewis Cooper III
Jane and Al Damschroder
Renee DeYoung and Al Terry
Chris Etienne and Dennis Lindeman
Andrew Fabiano
Gary Fedus
Heidi and Dr. David Roland Finley
Brenda and Ted Frey
Richard Fruehauf
Marj Green
Denise and David Hartnett
Susan and Edgar Howbert
Megan and Casey Iaccino
Jeff Judson
Pat and Larry Kaine
Lisa and Matthew Keene
Melissa and Paul Keiswetter
Joan and Dr. Ben Kleinstiver
David and Debbie Kring
Renee Mahon
Drs. Jane and Bill Millar
Peggy and Phil Millard
Gayle Mroczkowski
Trish and James Murray
Marta and Dr. Peter Olson
Irma Noël and Jim Rand
Elizabeth and Sydney Ross
Barbara and Ham Schirmer
Jackie Sefferman
Mary Lou and Tom Smith
Drs. Marilynn and Stan Smith
Susie and Andy Spence
Marilyn and John Stover
Trudy Timm
Jaime Rae and J. Douglas Turnbull
Jeannean and Dan VerBurg
Dee and Dr. Dan Wickham
Leslie Wilhelm
Nicole and Norman Yatooma

The 2019 Garden Party is proudly sponsored by:

Great Lakes Wine & Spirits

Charity Motors

Pier and Renee Borra
Ted and Brenda Frey/Frey Foundation
Paul and Melissa Keiswetter and
 Petoskey Plastics

Corporate Entertaining
Clark Construction
Meijer, Inc.
Northern Trust
Pointe Alarm
Ham and Barb Schirmer

Joanne Arbaugh
Brown Motors
Dave Kring Chevrolet and Cadillac
Fifth/Third Bank
Richard Fruehauf
Patricia and Lawrence Kaine
Klepadlo Winnell Nuorala, P.C.
Korotkin Insurance Group
Peggy and Phil Millard
Mitchell Graphics
Neumann/Smith Architecture
Trish and Jim Murray
Mary Lou and Tom Smith
Dee and Dr. Dan Wickham/SludgeHammer Group Ltd.