Summer Benefit

June 15, 2019 | 6:00 – 11:00 PM

About The Summer Benefit

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 In the Heights, written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda

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

$185 Guest Ticket
$250 Patron Ticket
$3000 Silver Sponsor, 6 tickets
$5000 Gold Sponsor, 8 tickets


We’ve put together one-of-a-kind experiences we hope you can’t live without! Come ready to bid and have fun, knowing that all proceeds support our free and low-cost programs for children, families and adults.

Private Pool Party with Well-Strung

It’s the party of the summer when you and your guests hang out poolside with the men of Well-Strung. In town for a 2-night gig at the SCA, the quartet is starting with this exclusive gathering for 12 the evening of Tuesday, July 16 at the home of Kirbie Petersen & Brian Stephens.

You’ll be up close and personal with Well-Strung members Edmund Bagnell, Christopher Marchant, Daniel Shevlin and Trevor Wadleigh sipping cocktails and enjoying small plates as the guys share behind the scenes stories about world tours and their newest album, “Between the Sheets”.

Enjoy beverages and appetizers by Chef Missy Corey, owner of the new Saugatuck venture Pennyroyal Cafe & Provisions. Missy was named one of Chicago’s top female chefs in 2015 by Thrillist and competed on the Food Network show “Chopped,” which she won in 2012.

Make this your dream birthday or anniversary gathering or treat yourself to a once in a lifetime experience with Well-Strung.

Package for 12 guests.
Experience date: July 16, 7PM.

Italian Evening on the “Michigan Riviera”

Reg and Connie Vorderman will begin your experience aboard Penrose, their custom crafted Italian Gagliotta built by a specialty boat builder in Naples, Italy. Considered a picnic boat, Penrose is “an open-air express yacht designed for relaxing and entertaining” and is the only Gagliotta in the water in the United States.

You and your guests will revel in the sparkling late afternoon sunshine as you cruise the Kalamazoo river with cocktails and appetizers in hand. You will then be dropped at Sargeant’s Marina and head to Coast 236 for a private dinner with Chef and Sommelier Mindy Trafman. Chef Mindy presents an evening of Italian-inspired small plates and fabulous Italian wines. Don’t miss this perfect evening on the Michigan Riviera!

Package for 6 guests. Experience date: July 19 (rain date July 20). Donated by Reg & Connie Vorderman; Coast 236.

New York Theater Adventure

You and a guest are headed to the Big Apple for 3 nights/4 days spiked with fabulous theater experiences.

The Intercontinental Times Square is the headquarters for your trip. The epitome of modern glamour, the hotel is LEED certified with design highlights that include a sculpture garden and tree-inspired columns. The Intercontinental also has a 24-hour fitness center and personalized in-room beauty services by NOMI. Sip a signature cocktail in The Stinger Cocktail Bar and Kitchen before exploring the city’s dining, shopping and theater scenes.

SCA Artistic Director Kurt Stamm secures tickets for your choice of two of the hottest Broadway or Off Broadway shows. You’ll also have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Roundabout Theater, one of the country’s foremost theaters.

Your adventure also includes a $500 Visa gift card for dining, shopping, and making memories.

Trip must be taken by June 2020. Package for 2 guests.

Donated by Vickie & Dan Bischoff, Anne & Roger Gamache, Kurt Stamm, SCA.

One-of-a-Kind Studio Experience: Class & Cocktails for 6 with Anne Corlett

High-spirited Saugatuck artist Anne Corlett opens her brand new studio to six lucky guests for a lively afternoon of creativity, capped off with a cocktail critique.

Just completed this summer, Anne’s new studio features stunning views of the Kalamazoo River. Your group starts with a private studio tour and conversations with Anne about her own artistic journey and how to tap into the artist within yourself.

Then, the six of you will be the first to take a class from Anne in her new studio. She’ll lead you through the monotype process on a state-of-the-art press and guide you in the creation of your own works. All supplies are non-toxic and of the highest quality. Artistic experience is not necessary. Each guest will go home with two monotypes suitable for framing. Post creative session: adjourn to the studio deck for delicious nibbles, cocktails and conversation with Anne about the pieces you’ve created.

Special Bonus: the winning bidder also goes home with one of Anne’s new original framed monotypes!

Date to be arranged with the winner. Package for 6 guests.

Donated by Anne Corlett.

Deluxe Palm Springs Experience

Escape to gorgeous Palm Springs as international best-selling author Wade Rouse and his husband Gary Edwards curate a “best of” adventure for four.

You’ll spend 5 sun-drenched days in Palm Springs with unique opportunities to explore the desert landscape including a guided “Big Red Jeep Tour” of the San Andreas Fault Zone plus a guided mountain trail hike.

Celebrity Chef Andre Carthen, a.k.a. the Fit Chef, creates a one-of-kind dining experience for you and your guests at Wade and Gary’s home. Chef Andre is featured in Kathy Ireland’s book “Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity,” and Janet Jackson’s first book, NY Times #1 Best Seller “True You” where he contributed over 30 recipes. He has also appeared on the “Today Show,” “Access Hollywood”, “Anderson Cooper” and many more.

Lodging for this 4-night/5-day adventure is provided in a luxe private home just blocks from downtown Palm Springs. Check this off your bucket list and savor the very best of Palm Springs’ culinary, outdoor and creative offerings!

Package for 4 guests; must be taken between November 2019 and April 2020.

Donated by Wade Rouse & Gary Edwards, Ginny & Ken Brooks.


In addition to our fabulous live auction packages, we have curated special silent auction packages for guests to bid on.

7-Day stay on Sanibel Island

The sun, ocean shoreline, and miles of pristine beaches are the backdrop for this 2 bedroom/2bathroom condominium right on the Gulf of Mexico on Sanibel Island.

Enjoy 7 days in this ground level condo that features a screened lanai off the living room, and a master bedroom with a private garden view. During your stay enjoy shelling, nature tours, fishing, bird watching, golf and tennis, arts and entertainment plus the Island’s fabulous culinary scene.

Amenities include free heated swimming pool, tennis & pickleball courts, beach chairs, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV’s, and washer/dryer in unit. Enjoy this experience between June 15 – December 15, 2019 (Saturday to Saturday only).

Donated by John & Barb Burmeister.

Private Bourbon Tasting at Bowdies

You’ll experience a one-of-a-kind afternoon with Bowdies bartender Kenton Grassmid. You and your guests will enjoy this VIP beverage adventure sipping truly memorable bourbons paired with small plates of Bowdies’ fare. Kenton shares information about the bottles along with craft cocktail recipes. Enjoy this experience for 6 during a mutually agreed upon day and time prior to June 30, 2020.

Donated by Scott Bowdish.

Wuskowhan Outing for 3

Experience this beautiful yet challenging private golf club located just north of Holland.
Created by renowned designers and teachers Rick Smith and Warren Henderson, Wuskowhan is set within one of the region’s most pristine and ecologically diverse environments. It was the first course in Michigan to be designated as an Audubon Society Sanctuary, signifying its commitment to environmental excellence in the management of the land.

Your host, Dan Bishoff, will round out your foursome. Enjoy lunch at the Club House after your round. Enjoy this experience during a mutually agreed upon date during the 2019 golf season.

Donated by Dan Bischoff.

Deluxe overnight + Spa Day at Redefine Med Spa

Pamper yourself and a guest at Redefine Med Spa, the premier luxury medical spa on the Southwest Michigan Lakeshore. Package includes an overnight in the Spa’s upstairs apartment plus services from Lisa Bowdish and her team. Package to be taken at a mutually agreed upon date prior to June 30, 2020.

Donated by Lisa Bowdish.

Tea Time for 6 @ Penny Royal Cafe & Provisions

Chef Missy Corey, winner of the 2012 “Chopped” competition, welcomes you to her newest venture: Penny Royal Cafe & Provisions. She will delight you and your guests with gourmet cheeses and finger sandwiches plus baked-from-scratch pastries and fabulous teas in her newly renovated space. Treat yourself at one of the community’s buzzy new eateries.


Coppercraft Distillery Chef’s Pairing Dinner

Named “Michigan Bourbon Distillery of the Year” in the 2018 New York International Spirits Competition, Coppercraft Distillery handcrafts premium spirits in their Holland facility. This exclusive package features a pairing dinner for 4, hosted and prepared by Coppercraft Executive Chef Will Fabry, at their Holland restaurant.

Premier Sponsors Andy Knight & Beau Gratzer, Angela & Bob Knauss, Skip Schipper
Gold Sponsors MIchael Akey, Marlo & Tom Byrne, Victor Cardona & Phil Smith, Richard Heriford & Guy Ballard, Murray Kessler & Sarah Davis, Patsy & Randy Ramsey
Silver Sponsors John April & Mike Clawson, Mary Kay & Mark Baker, G. Thomas Boylan, Patrick Coyle & Greg Frey, Suzanne Goldstein & Dana Greenwald, Hoffman Jewelers of East Grand Rapids, Linda & Dick Riekse, Andrea & Ely Tama, Nancy & John Schmitt
Bar Sponsors David Balas & Jim Sellman of Shoreline Realtors
Print Sponsors Holland Litho

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