This past Saturday, May 6, 2017, Grand River Academy welcomed 125 guests for GRA’s annual evening of philanthropy, the Grand River Gala. Proceeds from this third annual fundraiser are being designated to “raise the roof” on West, Warren and North Halls, three of GRA’s five student dormitories - our students’ home away from home.
With Signature Sponsor Huffman Mayer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors and Supporting Sponsors Puffer Roofing & Construction and Schoneman, Inc., the evening kicked off in GRA’s Robert S. Morrison Lecture Center with a Laurello Vineyards wine reception and a silent auction, where over 50 packages were available (you can view descriptions here).
The evening continued in the Bud Field Student Center with a fabulous four course meal by Chef Jay Cabatingan (view details of the menu), each paired with a Laurello’s wine. Student speaker Zak Burke ‘18 bought guests to their feet after his thoughtful remarks on his personal GRA experience.
From sponsorships and tickets, to the auction, donations and pledges, the event raised over $59,500! The guests’ generosity exceeded all expectations. Needless to say, GRA will be raising the roof this summer! Our students thank you. The Academy thanks you.