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Grand River Gala - An Evening of Philanthropy for The Blue & White Fund

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Grand River Gala is an evening of philanthropy for The Blue & White Fund, GRA’s annual fund, to reach its goal of $250,000 during the 2016-2017 school year. The first two years raised over $50,000 and $60,000! This year’s event proceeds will be designated to “raise the roof” and replace the roofs on West, Warren and North Halls, three of GRA’s five student dormitories.

The evening will once again feature a four-course meal with local wine pairings, a silent auction, as well as a moving GRA testimonial from a current GRA student.

Grand River Academy is collaborating with local winery, Laurello Vineyards, as the exclusive vendor for this special event. With each course and wine pairing, our chef and the wine maker will share with event attendees how and why the food and wine are paired. Menu coming soon!

GRA is proudly hosting the Grand River Gala on-campus at the Robert S. Morrison Lecture Center on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 5:30pm. Attendees of the Gala will encompass the many constituents of the Academy, including not only faculty, staff and student ambassadors, but also our students’ parents, our alumni, our donors and our community-at-large.



Gala 2017 Sponsors

GRA extends its sincere gratitude to the following organizations and individuals for their support of the 2017 Grand River Gala. We anticipate a meaningful and fun evening for all in attendance!

Signature Sponsor - $5,000

Huffman Mayer WMG Logo color
Huffman Mayer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors


Supporting Sponsor - $2,500


Puffer Roofing & Construction 


VistaTrak Good Data 3in

 Schoneman, Inc.


Table Sponsors - $1,000

Jim & Dreama Aveni

Susan P. Baker P'08 & John & Lori DeCato '80

Blair & Marilea Campomizzi and Fran & Lise Gardner

Frank Edmonds and Steve & Sharon Schoneman

Bob & Linnet Fritz

Huntington Bank

Sharon, Michael, & Aaron Tiknis '08

Tim Viands, Grand River Academy


Ticket Sponsors

The Burke Family P'18

Kristen & Matthew Kitchen

Brad & Judy Levy '73

Mark, Jeanne, & Andy Polzin P'95

David Thomas '11

The Termuhlen Family P'16

Todd Waddle & Cindy Fisher

Hampton Inn - Austinburg

2017 Menu

Hors d'oeuvres:

Potato Blini, Duck Confit, Apricot Marmalade
Sesame Tuna Tagliata, Sweet Soy Wasabi, Wonton Crisp
Gruyere and Caramelized Onion Tartlet
Mini Mediterranean Hummus, Phyllo Cups
Antipasto Display

Wine Pairings Available: Laurello's Illuminata, Riesling, Cask 1015, and Connie’s Blush

First Course - Appetizer:

Shrimp Cocktail Three Ways
Bloody Mary Shooters, Mango Salsa, Wasabi Soy Glaze
Allergy Alternative: Vegetarian Dumpling

Paired with Laurello's Oaked Chardonnay

Second Course - Salad:

Mixed Spring Greens, Sweet Genevieve Ice Wine Poached Pears, Candied Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Vidal Wine Vinaigrette

Paired with Laurello's GRV Pinot Grigio

Third Course - Entree:

Herb Crusted Flank Steak and Boursin Chicken Roulade, Saffron Risotto, Roasted Root Vegetables, Cabernet Reduction
Vegetarian Entrée
Stuffed Portobello Mushroom with Quinoa, Spinach Cream, Crispy Onions, Saffron Risotto, Roasted Root Vegetables, Cabernet Reduction

Paired with Laurello's Cabernet Franc

Fourth Course - Petite Dessert Trio:

Raspberry Cheesecake
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Torte
Chai Tea Crème Brulee

Paired with Laurello's Simply Mad Habanero Ice Wine

Silent Auction – Listing available in May!

Grand River Academy is currently securing donations for the silent auction hosted the evening of the Gala. For more information, please contact Director of Advancement Kristen Kitchen.



View pictures from the 2016 Grand River Gala