Gladhander Auction


Bids are due Monday, November 27 at 5:00 pm.

ONLY written bids will be accepted and can be submitted and given to Kathy Britten or Wayne Mueller OR via email to  (to be UNIQUE, be sure to extend into the pennies… highest bidder wins the bid!) Deadline for submission is Monday, November 27 5:00 pm. Winning bidder will be notified on Tuesday, November 28, via phone and payment needs to occur by November 30.

Sealed Bid Opportunity


Gladhander 2017 was an amazing event, thanks to our approximately 500 attendees, 600 volunteers and countless donors and other supporters. Net proceeds  as announced at the Thank You Party on November 11 were $401,953 – another amazingly successful year.

Raffle Prize Winners 2017

Early Bird Winner of $500
Sally Schmoke, Traverse City

$500 Winners
GTACS Capital Campaign, Traverse City
Russ & Jennifer Spranger, Traverse City
Don W. Oleson, Traverse City
Mike Schmidt, Traverse City
Ronald & Mary Simon, Dewitt
Paul Britten, Traverse City

$1000 Winners
John & Mary Jo Parker, Petoskey
Gloria Heeringa, Traverse City
Norm Schmitt, Traverse City
Joseph Tenbusch, Williamsburg

Grand Prize Winner
Jay Hooper, Traverse City – chose the $32,000 cash


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


We use to organize volunteer opportunities.

Here’s how it works:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password.

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Lori Adams (students, contact Mrs. Klettner).

Gladhander Car (or Cash) Raffle (License C28148)

Will YOU be the big winner at this  year’s Gladhander prize drawing? If so, you’ll take home your choice of a 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a 2018 Cadillac ATS, or $32,000 in cash! Ten additional cash prizes will given away, and you need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are available for $125 each or two for $200 or three for $250. Proceeds benefit Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools. Make checks payable to Gladhander or, for credit card purchases, call (231) 941-GLAD.

We are grateful for the arrangements for this year’s raffle cars:

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class arranged through Fox Motors
2018 Cadillac ATS arranged through Serra Motors

Click here to download our Raffle Flyer.

Congratulations to Sally Schmoke from Traverse City, winner of the Early Bird raffle prize of $500!

Preview Night was designed to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the amazing decorations and festive ambience that transforms Holy Angels Elementary/St. Francis High School into a magical setting. Preview Night is free and open to the public (adults only), and refreshments are served. Silent auction bidding is also available, and raffle tickets will be offered for sale for your convenience. Event begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs til approximately 9:00 p.m.


  • 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 To Be Announced!