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THE GARDEN PARTY northern michigan- AUGUST 12, 2018

Fantastic food, fabulous cars, fine wine was 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 benefited scholarships for North Central’s manufacturing programs.

This 300-guest wine and food gala featured exceptional regional cuisine prepared by the area’s finest restaurants, paired with extraordinary wine featured and distributed by Great Lakes Wine and Spirits. Guests wore 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.



Suzanne and Jason Allen

Marcia and Dick Ames

Marsha and Neil Bidwell

Kathryn and Dr. Thomas Biziorek

Renee and Pier Borra

Kathryn and Martin Breighner

Emily and Micah Brown

Holly and Steve Brown

Cameron Brunet-Koch and Bruce Koch

Chris and Max Bunker

Kristen and Sam Clark

Suzie and Lew Cooper

Teresa and David Crouse

Renee DeYoung and Al Terry

Kathy Erber

Chris Etienne and Dennis Lindeman

Andrew Fabiano

Heidi and Dr. David Finley

Sharon and Arthur Francis

Brenda and Ted Frey

Richard Fruehauf

Amy and Dan Harris

Denise and David Hartnett

Susan and Edgar Howbert

Megan and Casey Iaccino

Lyn Jenks

Pat and Larry Kaine

Lisa and Matthew Keene

Melissa and Paul Keiswetter

Joan and Dr. Ben Kleinstiver

Lisa Kleinstiver

David and Debbie Kring

Marion Kuebler

Dr. Russ LaBeau

Drs. Jane and Bill Millar

Peggy and Phil Millard

Gayle Mroczkowski

Gretchen Olsen and Steve Barney

Marta and Dr. Peter Olson

Beverly Paisley

Irma Noël and Jim Rand

Elizabeth and Syd Ross

Barbara and Ham Schirmer

Libby Sheahan

Laura and Dr. James Shirilla

Carrie and Dick Smith

Drs. Marilynn and Stan Smith

Marilyn and John Stover

Jaime Rae and Douglas Turnbull

Mary Ann and Michael Van Lokeren

Nicole and Norman Yatooma

Dr. Lisa and Darroch Watson

Dee and Dr. Dan Wickham



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Charity Motors

MP Tool & Engineering


Pier and Renee Borra

Frey Foundation

Melissa and Paul Keiswetter and Petoskey Plastics


Bauervic-Paisley Foundation

Clark Construction

Meijer, Inc.

Northern Trust

Barb and Ham Schirmer


Marcia and Dick Ames

Marsha and Neil Bidwell

Kathryn and Dr. Thomas Biziorek

Kathryn and Martin Breighner

Holly and Steve Brown

Teresa and David Crouse


Fifth/Third Bank

Sharon and Arthur Francis

Richard Fruehauf

Patricia and Lawrence Kaine

Korotkin Insurance

Dave Kring Chevrolet and Cadillac

Peggy and Phil Millard

Laura and Dr. James Shirilla

Marilyn and John Stover

Mary Ann and Michael Van Lokeren

Dee and Dr. Dan Wickham/SludgeHammer Group



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Mitchell Graphics, Inc.

Neumann/Smith Architecture

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