Gladhander History

GLADHANDER 

  • Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools’ 37th annual Gladhander Auction on October 26, 2019 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.
  • Established in 1983, Gladhander is the area’s premier fundraising gala. It provides vital funding to GTACS to ensure the continued availability of top-quality, Christ-centered education in Traverse City. Funds raised throughout the history of the event total more than $12 million.

PAST GLADHANDER THEMES

  • 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

PAST GLADHANDER CHAIRS

Jim Beckett – Emeritus
Ken Kleinrichert, Sr.
Tom McIntyre
Paul Schmuckal
Tom Gartland
Pat Heintz
Pat Brady
Sheila McIntyre
Doug Shaw
Russ Spranger
Carolyn Vaughan
Al Zelinski
Nancy Brick
Mike & Maggie Kent
Pete & Kim Schmitz
Bill & Debbie Marsh
Dave & Amy Pax
Doug & Maureen DeYoung
John & Robin Ehardt
Dale & Janet Troppman