Summer Benefit

June 16, 2018 | 6:00 PM

About The Summer Benefit

Honorary co-chairs: David Balas and Jim Sellman

Join us for an evening of cocktails, fabulous dinner options from The Gilmore Collection, sizzling silent and live auctions, and dessert & dancing to close out the evening.

Plus a preview of our dazzling Mason Street Warehouse season opener, Mamma Mia!

The evening supports low-cost educational programming for children & adults in our West Michigan communities.

$180 Guest Ticket  | $250 Patron Ticket


Mamma Mia! Here I Go Again …

Ready to get your Mamma Mia! on?  Rehearse with the cast, get fitted for your costume, and join the incredible cast of Mamma Mia!  You’ll be part of the on-stage action in this walk-on role in our blockbuster production of Mamma Mia!  Bring ten friends to cheer on your performance that evening, then stay for a post-show reception – on the stage – with the cast and crew! Walk-on performance in the Friday, July 6 show, includes 10 tickets for that performance.

Donated by the SCA.

Lake view wine pairing dinner

Experience one of the lakeshore’s most stunning views during this dining + wine pairing experience for 8 at the home of Vickie and Dan Bischoff. Guests have fun with wine and food pairings – created by Chef & Sommelier Mindy Trafman of The Kirby – in different locations in the home and yard, including a fabulous bluff side course.  Sunshine, lake breezes, fresh tastes, and remarkable wines create an unforgettable moveable feast!

Event on Saturday, September 22.
Donated by Dan and Vickie Bischoff.

Tropical paradise get-away to Riviera Maya, Mexico

A vacation at Vidanta Riviera Maya is an experience like no other!  Guests can explore over 1000 acres of paradise, dotted with pristine pools and bordered by magnificent beach. At Riviera Maya, you’ll enjoy more than 15 world-class bars and restaurants, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, lavish spa services, and fantastic entertainment, including access to Riviera Maya’s resident Cirque du Soleil show—JOYÀ. Your condo includes 2 bedrooms, living room, 2 bathrooms, plus a spectacular ocean-view deck.

Trip for 2; must be taken between Jan. 8-25, 2019.
Donated by Wayne & Sharrie Wellman.

Private Tupperware Party with Dixie

The fabulous Dixie Longate, star of Dixie’s Tupperware Party and Never Wear a Tube Top …, throws the ultimate Tupperware Party at your home!  Grab a drink (they’re on us!) and small plates (courtesy of Chef Christine Ferris) and get ready for loads of sass and stories as Dixie shares tales of life on the road as America’s #1 Tupperware lady and as the star of her own Off Broadway productions. This is one Tupperware Party you’ll never forget!

Event for 12 guests on Monday, July 30.
Donated by Dixie and the SCA.

Pure Saugatuck boating experience

Get ready for an evening that will be the highlight of your summer season!  Board “The Ashley”, an iconic 45-foot, hand crafted yacht, for an evening of river and lake cruising.  Captains and hosts Bud Baty & Max Matteson start your evening with cocktails while you cruise the Kalamazoo RIver. You’ll dock at the gorgeous riverside home of Renee Zita for small plates and cocktails while you enjoy the spectacular view. Cruise to Lake Michigan to watch the sunset, then back home as lights twinkle along the river. Pure Saugatuck! Package for 8 guests.

Friday, July 13.
Donated by Renee Zita and Lisa Wylie, Bud Baty & Max Matteson.

Montana Yurt/Big Fork adventure

Experience “Big Sky” grandeur with five days in Bigfork, Montana in a luxury yurt and a condo in town. Bigfork offers unparalleled outdoor adventure plus a quaint art-focused downtown for the best of both worlds.  Trip includes $25 gift certificate to a local coffee shop, $40 gift cert to a local store, $50 gift certificate for breakfast, and $125 for dinner. The package may be booked anytime during the next 12 months.

Donated by Linda Kurfess and Mary Kay Baker.

Premier Sponsors Andy Knight & Beau Gratzer, Century 21 Affiliated Agents (Bill Underdown, Tammy Kerr, Liz Engel, Pati Bekken, Brian Scieszka, Jason Schrock


Gold Sponsors Victor Cardona & Phil Smith, Richard Heriford & Guy Ballard, Patsy & Randy Ramsey, and Angela & Bob Knauss


Silver Sponsors Ely & Andrea Tama, Hoffman Jewelers of East Grand Rapids, Mary Kay & Mark Baker, Walt Lawrence & Stephen Lewis, Dana Greenwald & Suzanne Goldstein, Brian May & Kirk Moore, Kirbie Petersen & Brian Stephens, Linda & Dick Riekse, Alan & Chani Mack, Patrick Coyle & Greg Frey, Skip Schipper, Nancy & John Schmitt, John Cannarsa & Tim Straker, John April & Mike Clawson.


Bar Sponsors David Balas & Jim Sellman of Shoreline Realtors


Print Sponsors Holland Litho