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We are pleased to share that GRA’s 3rd annual evening of philanthropy hosted on May 6, 2017 raised over $59,500! Proceeds from the evening support the Academy’s annual fund, The Blue & White Fund. The 2017 event proceeds were designated to “raise the roof” and replace the roofs on West, Warren and North Halls, three of GRA’s five student dormitories.
Thank you to our guests, sponsors and auction donors for being instrumental in the experience and opportunities offered to GRA students. We can best impact our educational offerings, our faculty development and our campus as a whole, by collectively joining together in our commitment to GRA’s Blue & White Fund.
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!
Puffer Roofing & Construction
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
The Termuhlen Family P'16
Todd Waddle & Cindy Fisher
Hampton Inn - Austinburg
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: 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
Dear GRA Family:
Yes, the snowflakes were falling fast and heavy that fateful day. The temperature was a tropical eighteen degrees. And my feet were cold, despite the hearty winter boots that I was wearing. However, I never felt more warmth than when I stepped into Armington Hall on February 4, 2013.
On that day, I began my role as Director of Advancement at Grand River Academy and I experienced what I believe many members of the GRA family have experienced – a sense of community. Not only was I greeted by staff and faculty, but I was also welcomed by individual students who literally just stopped by to introduce themselves.
Speaking with these future GRA graduates, I learned far more than any orientation or historical outline could offer me. I learned about their favorite courses, their preferred activities, their hometowns, their families and what their goals were after graduation.
Now, over three years later, I continue to be amazed by our students. And I am humbled at the significant strides we have made collectively as a community. With the various constituents of our school – from our faculty and staff, to our alumni, their parents and our current families, to the long-time friends of GRA and our local community – we have increased volunteerism, established new school events and fundraisers, and surpassed our annual fund goals.
As we expand our advancement programming and build the capacity of The Blue & White Fund this school year, please anticipate various means of communication from the Advancement Team. We want you to be aware of the incredible things happening at Grand River Academy and how you can be involved!