Gladhander Auction and Raffle

Gladhander 2023

Journey Through Narnia
October 28, 2023
St. Francis High School

Our Main Event/Live Auction is sold out! Thank you to everyone who purchased your tickets!

There are several other ways to participate in Gladhander 2023: Journey Through Narnia!

  1. LOG-IN TO BID ON AUCTION ITEMS By creating an account here, you will be able to view and bid on our fabulous array of online auction items!
  2. PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS! Call (231) 941-GLAD to arrange your purchase. Top prize is choice of a new car, boat, or $35K in cash!
  3. ATTEND our free Preview Night, 6:00-9:00 pm on Friday, October 27.
  4. VOLUNTEER and experience the ambience of Gladhander while contributing to the great mission of our schools!


About This Year’s Event

Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools is excited to announce the theme of the 41st Annual Gladhander Auction and Raffle will be “Journey Through Narnia”. 

The annual formal event includes an evening of dinner, drinks, both live and online auction, games, music, and dancing. The fundraising event includes the sale of raffle tickets that give winners the choice of a 2023 JEEP® Gladiator 4×4 arranged by Bill Marsh Auto; or a 2023 Bayliner VR5 arranged by Grand Bay Marine and Walstrom Marine; or $35,000 in cash! Raffle tickets are on sale now at or by calling 231.941.4523.

The 2022 Gladhander event raised $436,521. Proceeds are primarily directed to support GTACS teacher salaries and student scholarship opportunities. It is one of the longest-running school fundraising events in Michigan, with more than $13 million in earnings over 40 years in support of the Catholic school system. Gladhander represents a significant source of funding for the preschool through 12th grade parochial school system which is not taxpayer-funded.


Gladhander 2022 Recap

Last year’s Gladhander was a very special one since it was our 40th anniverary. Our in-person gala was extremely festive as decorators pulled out all the stops to create an atmosphere that wow’d guests from arrival ‘til the late night buffet! Support for our online auction was also very strong, and we are continuing to fine tune that platform to make bidding more fun and exciting.

  • Thanks to you, we were able to achieve net proceeds of $436,521. 
  • Raffle ticket sales were solid with 2,513 sold. A number of people took advantage of our special 40th anniversary offer of 40 tickets for $3,000. Our thanks to those who did so!
  • Our grand prize winner, who chose a vehicle arranged through Bill Marsh Auto, was Lisa Hunt of Kirkland, Ohio.

Gladhander proceeds are primarily directed to support GTACS teacher salaries and student scholarship opportunities. It is one of the longest-running school fundraising events in Michigan, with more than $13 million in earnings over 40 years in support of the Catholic school system. Gladhander represents a significant source of funding for the preschool through 12th grade parochial school system which is not taxpayer-funded.

We give thanks to you, God, we give thanks, for your name is near; people declare your wondrous works. – Psalm 75:1

307 Events and Tents
4 Front Credit Union
Ace Hardware
Active Brace & Limb
A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Alliance Beverage
Alpers Excavating
Alta Rentals Traverse City
American Spoon Foods
Animal Medical Center of Traverse City
Anytime Fitness of Traverse City
Ark Heirloom Seeds
Armour Siding Company
Art’s Auto & Truck Parts, Inc.
Bay Area Contracting
BayWest Animal Clinic
Bill Marsh Buick GMC
Black Diamond Broadcasting
Blarney Castle Oil & Backyard Basics
Blessed Is She
Boathouse Restaurant
Bodamer Brothers CarpetsPlus of TC
Bokhara Pet Resort
Bonobo Winery
Boone’s Long Lake Inn
Brick Wheels
Britten Inc
Bruce Mugerian Show Promotions
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
Builder’s First Source
Burkholder Construction
Cambria Suites Hotel & Reflect Bistro
Captain’s Quarters
Carpet Galleria
Casciano Traverse Burger King
CC Jewelers
Central Michigan University
Challenge Island Northwest Michigan
Chateau Chantal
Cherry Bend Grocery
Cherry Capital Airport
Cherry Hill Boutique
Cherry Republic
Clarke Everett Dog & Cat Hosp
Common Good Bakery
Copy Central
Copy Shop, The
Country Carpentry
Crackerjack Photography Studio LLC
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa
Curtis Warnes – Functional Art
Dairy Lodge
Dan Brady Painting Service
Dance Arts Academy
Deering’s Meat Market
Detloff Design
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Tigers
Discovery Cruises Traverse City
Diva Dancewear
Dr. Lints Orthodontics
East Bay Plaza
Elias Bros. Big Boy
Eliza Flaska Photography
Fit20 of Traverse City
Fixen N Restoren
Flaska Landscaping LLC
Floor Covering Brokers Carpet One
Folgarelli’s Market and Wine Shoppe
Front Porch, The
Gallagher’s Farm Market
Garden Goods
GFL Environmental
Glenn Wolff Studio
Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings
Granary At Seven Gables, The
Grand Bay Marine
Grand Hotel
Grand Traverse Bagel & Bakery
Grand Traverse Bike Tours & Suttons Bay Bikes
Grand Traverse Container, Inc
Grand Traverse Distillery
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Hampel’s Gun Co.
Handz on Art
Harrington’s By The Bay
Hart’s Inn
Heritage Landscape Design
Homestead, The
Honeybaked Ham Co. and Cafe
Honor Bank
Horizon Books
Howard Structural Steel
Incredible Mo’s
Infusion Associates
Interlochen Arts Academy
Jenkins Group Inc.
Jimmy John’s
Jostens of Northern Michigan
Karen Youker Photography
Keith Pogarch Custom Clothiers Inc
Kilwin’s Chocolate Shoppe
Knights of Columbus Immaculate Conception Chapter
Knights of Columbus SF Council #13958
Korner Gem
La Senorita
Lake Ann Brewing Co.
Lamar Advertising Company
Mama Lu’s
Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders of TC
Mega Bite Fishing Charter
Michigan Planners
MID Holdings
Midwestern Broadcasting
Milk & Honey Cafe
Mitchell Graphics
Molon Excavating Inc
Breeze Hill Greenhouse
National Cherry Festival
Nauti-Cat Cruises, Inc.
Nelson’s Cloverdale Management, LLC
Nest of Grand Traverse
Nordic Products, Inc
Northern Lights Home Decor
Northern Michigan Vein Specialists
Old Mission Windows
Olde Towne Hair
Oleson’s Food Stores
Opa! Grill & Taproom
Oryana Community Co-op
Osorio Tacos & Salsas
Paesano’s Pizza of Traverse Ci
Pangea’s Pizza
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group
Popp Excavating
Posh – a house of style
Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan
Pure North Cosmetic Center
Rectangles LLC
Revive Vehicle Repair
Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery
Santa Randy Wheelock
Schichtel Nursery
Schmuckal Transplanting Service
Schulz Orthodontics
Signplicity Sign Systems
Slabtown Cookies
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Stanley Steemer of Northwest MI Inc
Sweet Pea
Tall Tails Fishing Charter
Team Bob’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing
Team Elmer’s, Inc
The Burrow TC
The Collar Club
The Flying Noodle
The Home Depot
The Little Rosary in the Woods
The Nail Bar by J & Q
The Rehmann Farms
Threads Custom Gear
Tom’s Food Markets, Inc.
Toy Harbor
Trattoria Stella
Traverse City Orthodontics
Traverse City Pit Spitters
Traverse City Record-Eagle
Traverse Dental Associates
Traverse Outdoor
Tri-Gas Company
True Balance Life
True North
Twice Trendy Tots
Twin Bay Clinical Massage
Twin Bay Glass
Urban Oasis Salt Spa
Valley City Linen
VanDrie Home Furnishings
Voyager Bag Works
Wells Fargo Advisors
Williams Pumping Service
Zulu Nyala

Corporate Sponsors

Congratulations to our 2022 Gladhander raffle prize winners!

$500 Winners
Linda and Jim Rossiter, Traverse City MI
Nathan March, Traverse City MI
Stephanie Endres, Traverse City MI
Dennis Fedorinchik, Traverse City MI
Stephanie Endres, Traverse City MI
Nathan March, Traverse City MI
$1000 Winners
Barbara Mirgon, Kewadin MI
Cecilia Balog, Williamsburg MI
David Soto, Traverse City MI
Amy Peterson, Traverse City MI
Grand Prize
Lisa Hunt, Kirkland OH


Ticket prices are (1) for $125; (2) for $200;(3) for $250. Join the “40 Club” and purchase 40 tickets for $3,000*.


Can’t make it to Gladhander this year, but don’t want to miss out on the festive atmosphere? Come to Preview Night on Friday evening from 6-9:00 pm where you can enjoy complimentary refreshments and fellowship amidst the fabulous décor!


Many hands make light work! Help Gladhander before, during, or after the event. Check to all the roles available and sign up SOON.


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