Gladhander Auction


Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools’ 37th annual Gladhander Auction on October 26 was a great success with net proceeds of $367,081, bringing the total throughout the history of the event to more than $12 million.
Gladhander raffle ticket sales generate a significant amount of the total proceeds with 2,351 tickets sold this year.
GTACS is appreciative for the generosity of its supporters. Gladhander proceeds go toward teacher salaries, operational expenses and scholarships. The funding enables the Catholic school system to provide an excellent faith-centered education, and to offer assistance to families with demonstrated need.
THANK YOU to everyone who supported Gladhander this year! See you in 2020!


To purchase main event tickets online, click here.


Call (231) 941-GLAD.



  • PURCHASE A GLADHANDER RAFFLE TICKET, and get your chance to win a new car or $32,000 in cash
  • Ten (10) additional cash prizes from $500-$1,000 will be drawn
  • Ticket price is $125 each or two for $200 or three for $250
  • Proceeds benefit Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools
  • Purchase early to be in the Early Bird Drawing on September 27, 2019 for an additional chance for $500
  • Final drawing will be held on Auction Night, October 26, 2019
  • Mail check payable Gladhander to GTACS, 123 E. 11th Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Your actual ticket and purchase confirmation will be mailed to you
  • Payment may also be made by credit card (call 231 941-GLAD)
  • You need not be present to win 


2019 Lincoln MKC AWD or 2019 Cadillac XT4 Luxury AWD or $32,000 in cash
Vehicles arranged by FOX Grand Traverse Lincoln and SERRA Cadillac of Traverse City

Thank you for your support of our Catholic schools!


Gladhander 2019 was an amazing event, thanks to our approximately 500 attendees, 600 volunteers and countless donors and other supporters. Thank you!

Event organizers will release results of the 2019 Gladhander at the November 9 volunteer thank you party. Last year’s proceeds were $372,651.

Raffle Prize Winners 2019

Ray and Nancy Brzezinski, Traverse City
Jane Twomey, Traverse City
Bryan Alpers, Traverse City
Lou Wojtowicz, East Port MI
Tom and Mary Kay Dowling, Traverse City
John Currie, Rodney MI
David Fischer, Bloomfield Hills MI
Bob Fedorinchik, Traverse City
Warren Westfall, Williamsburg
Teresa Passinault, Traverse City
Brian Carrigan, Traverse City

Early Bird Winner of $500
Mel Jones


Established in 1983, Gladhander is the area’s premier gala. It provides vital funding to ensure the continued availability of a top quality, Christ-centered education in Traverse City.

To purchase event tickets, click here: Gladhander Main Event


  • 1983 Circus
  • 1984 Putting on the Ritz
  • 1985 Set Sail
  • 1986 The Orient
  • 1987 Southern Elegance
  • 1988 Mardi Gras
  • 1989 A Crystal Affair
  • 1990 Fiesta Ole
  • 1991 Under the Sea
  • 1992 Castles and Crowns
  • 1993 Hooray for Hollywood
  • 1994 Into the Arabesque
  • 1995 Victorian Splendor
  • 1996 On the Wild Side
  • 1997 When in Rome
  • 1998 C’est Magnifique
  • 1999 Jewel of the Nile
  • 2000 Steppin’ Out
  • 2001 Russian Rhapsody
  • 2002 Circus Circus
  • 2003 An Enchanted Evening
  • 2004 La Dolce Vita
  • 2005 Ramblin’ on Route 66
  • 2006 All the World’s a Stage
  • 2007 A Silver Celebration
  • 2008 Erin Go Bragh
  • 2009 Fun & Games
  • 2010 Music of Motown
  • 2011 Seuss on the Loose
  • 2012 80s Rewind
  • 2013 Extravaganza Earth
  • 2014 ‘Tis A Classic
  • 2015 New York, New York
  • 2016 Sea to Shining Sea
  • 2017 Remember the Wonder
  • 2018 Around The World
  • 2019 There’s No Place Like Home