Gladhander Auction and Raffle

Announcing Gladhander 2021
Theme: Off to the Races
Date: October 30, 2021
Changes: Online and in-person plus new top raffle prize of car, boat, or $35,000 in cash

Gladhander 2020 Recap

In at least one respect, Gladhander 2020 was a lot like every other one: Failure to meet the budget shortfall was not an option in 1983, and it was not an option in 2020. After all, nearly one-third of our students receive some level of tuition assistance; this year, both the frequency and dollar level of financial requests have increased due to the pandemic.

Fortunately, despite all of the challenges of the pandemic, 2020 was an incredibly positive year for us at Gladhander.Our new online auction platform proved very user-friendly and made it possible for anyone, anywhere to view and bid on items. Our at-home Hootenannies celebrated the togetherness for which Gladhander is known. Our raffle ticket sales hit a record new level (2691 tickets sold) – an amazing tribute to Jim Beckett (1922-2020).

Donations to our scholarship fund and our fund for housing for the Dominican Sisters who will be joining us in fall 2021 were also spectacular.It was an awesome display of community support, and we were humbled by it.

Thanks to you, we were able to achieve a net proceeds level of $403,258.

Thank you for having been a part of this year’s extraordinary, and we pray, one-of-a-kind event. We hope to see many of you next year at a more traditional Gladhander, but until then, know of our gratitude and prayers.

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Final drawing was held on Auction Night, October 24, 2020
$500 winners: Barb Grewe, Jacob Schaub, Jacklyn Clever, Tom Read, Tim Brick, and Amanda Hemgesberg
$1,000 winners: Mike and Mary Surgalski, Dan Stoudt, Sr., Susan Pennell, and Steven Oklat.
The Early Bird Drawing was held on October 2; congratulations to our $500 prize winner, Julie Erhardt from Gaylord!
Grand prize winner: Joan Ferrari of Elk Rapids
Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who bought tickets this year!

Watch the Gladhander video here: GLADHANDER VIDEO

Or visit our Auction site to view the items and their final purchase price at