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Grand River Gala

Thank You for Your Support of the 4th Annual Grand River Gala - An Evening of Philanthropy for The Blue & White Fund

Saturday, May 5, 2018


The Grand River Gala is an evening of philanthropy for The Blue & White Fund, GRA’s annual fund, to reach its goal of $225,000 during the 2017-2018 school year. The first three years raised over $50,000 and $60,000! Proceeds from this year's events are being designated to "set the family table" creating within Armington Dining Hall a new space for all students and faculty to dine together - because meal time is family time at GRA.

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 GRA Alumnus Ian Race '13.

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 5, 2018 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.

2018 Gala Menu


First Course: Soup

Lobster Bisque


Second Course: Salad

Petite Greens, Wine Vinaigrette, Smoked Tomato, Onion Brulee, Goat Cheese Tart


Third Course: Entree

Classic Beef Wellington with Mushroom Duxelle, Duchess Potatoes, Butter Poached Asparagus, Naso Rosso Glace

Vegetarian Option is an Asparagus and Mascarpone In Spinach Ravioli, truffle cream sauce


Fourth Course: Dessert Trio

Crème Brulee with Fresh Berries, Ube White Chocolate Truffle, and a Pistachio Macaroon

Thank you to the 2018 Grand River Gala Sponsors!


Signature Sponsor



Presenting Sponsor



Supporting Sponsors





Table Sponsors

Ms. Susan Baker '08
Mr. & Mrs. John and Teel Bardi P'19
Mr. Blair Campomizzi
Dr. John DeCato '80
Mr. Frank Edmonds
Mr. & Mrs. Bob and Linnet Fritz P'88 P'93
Mr. Fran Gardner
Mr. Steve Schoneman P'07

Sharon, Michael, and Aaron Tiknis '08

See what the past Gala was like!

2017 Menu

Hors d'oeuvres:

Potato Blini, Duck Confit, Apricot Marmalade
Sesame Tuna Tagliata, Sweet Soy Wasabi, Wonton Crisp
Gruyere and Caramelized Onion Tartlet
Mini Mediterranean Hummus, Phyllo Cups
Antipasto Display

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
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Vegetarian Entrée
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:

Raspberry Cheesecake
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Torte
Chai Tea Crème Brulee

Paired with Laurello's Simply Mad Habanero Ice Wine

Silent Auction

View the Event Guide


View pictures from the 2017 Grand River Gala

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