Grand River Gala
Grand River Gala - An Evening of Philanthropy for The Blue & White Fund
Saturday, May 6, 2017
The Grand River Gala is an evening of philanthropy for The Blue & White Fund, GRA’s annual fund, to reach its goal of $250,000 during the 2016-2017 school year. The first two years raised over $50,000 and $60,000! This year’s event proceeds will be designated to “raise the roof” and replace the roofs on West, Warren and North Halls, three of GRA’s five student dormitories.
The evening will once again feature a four-course meal with local wine pairings, a silent auction, as well as a moving GRA testimonial from a current GRA student.
Grand River Academy is collaborating with local winery, Laurello Vineyards, as the exclusive vendor for this special event. With each course and wine pairing, our chef and the wine maker will share with event attendees how and why the food and wine are paired. Menu coming soon!
GRA is proudly hosting the Grand River Gala on-campus at the Robert S. Morrison Lecture Center on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 5:30pm. Attendees of the Gala will encompass the many constituents of the Academy, including not only faculty, staff and student ambassadors, but also our students’ parents, our alumni, our donors and our community-at-large.
Gala 2017 Sponsors
GRA extends its sincere gratitude to the following organizations and individuals for their support of the 2017 Grand River Gala. We anticipate a meaningful and fun evening for all in attendance!
Signature Sponsor - $5,000
Supporting Sponsor - $2,500
Puffer Roofing & Construction
Table Sponsors - $1,000
Jim & Dreama Aveni
Susan P. Baker P'08 & John & Lori DeCato '80
Blair & Marilea Campomizzi and Fran & Lise Gardner
Frank Edmonds and Steve & Sharon Schoneman
Bob & Linnet Fritz
Sharon, Michael, & Aaron Tiknis '08
Tim Viands, Grand River Academy
Kristen & Matthew Kitchen
Brad & Judy Levy '73
Mark, Jeanne, & Andy Polzin P'95
David Thomas '11
Gala Tickets – Available Now!
Individual ticketsare now available for $100/each. Be sure to reserve your tickets quickly –the first two years sold out! For more information, please contact Director of Advancement Kristen Kitchen.
Potato Blini, Duck Confit, Apricot Marmalade
Sesame Tuna Tagliata, Sweet Soy Wasabi, Wonton Crisp
Gruyere and Caramelized Onion Tartlet
Mini Mediterranean Hummus, Phyllo Cups
Wine Pairings Available: Laurello's Illuminata, Riesling, Cask 1015, and Connie’s Blush
First Course - Appetizer:
Shrimp Cocktail Three Ways
Bloody Mary Shooters, Mango Salsa, Wasabi Soy Glaze
Allergy Alternative: Bruschetta, Spanakopita and a Vegetarian Dumpling
Paired with Laurello's Oaked Chardonnay
Second Course - Salad:
Mixed Spring Greens, Sweet Genevieve Ice Wine Poached Pears, Candied Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Vidal Wine Vinaigrette
Paired with Laurello's GRV Pinot Grigio
Third Course - Entree:
Herb Crusted Flank Steak and Boursin Chicken Roulade, Saffron Risotto, Roasted Root Vegetables, Cabernet Reduction
Stuffed Portobello Mushroom with Quinoa, Spinach Cream, Crispy Onions, Saffron Risotto, Roasted Root Vegetables, Cabernet Reduction
Paired with Laurello's Cabernet Franc
Fourth Course - Petite Dessert Trio:
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Torte
Chai Tea Crème Brulee
Paired with Laurello's Simply Mad Habanero Ice Wine
Silent Auction – Listing available in May!
Grand River Academy is currently securing donations for the silent auction hosted the evening of the Gala. For more information, please contact Director of Advancement Kristen Kitchen.