The Magic of Motown Gala 2023

Saturday, September 30 at 6 pm
VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center, downtown Muskegon
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A supreme event benefiting education and community initiatives of the West Michigan Symphony

This year's event takes place the night following the opening concert of the season featuring a tribute to the queen of soul — Aretha.  So, it's only fitting to throw a Motown-themed party with the groovy and sparkly vibes of the era. Your evening includes a hosted bar, seated dinner and dessert, live music and dancing featuring the six-member band Brena, plus a not-to-be-missed silent auction with unique items and experiences. Please join us!

Formal attire | Black tie optional
Have some fun with our “Magic of Motown” theme!

For information, sponsorships or individual tickets, call 231.726.3231 or email

We're looking forward to sharing this evening with you!

Enter the Liquor Raffle

WMS Board members have once again donated a wonderful assortment of top shelf liquor for the annual liquor raffle.
Be sure to enter for your chance to win! $50 ticket/3 for $100.

Contact Maris at 231. 726.3231 for information on how to purchase your tickets before the event.

Title Sponsors:

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Presenting Sponsors:

Table Sponsors:

Krista Abbott
Melisa Baker
Community Foundation for Muskegon County
Susan Cloutier Crain
Jan & Laura Deur
Mary Douville
Embark Financial Partners
Larry & Lynette Fife

Amy & William Hosford
Elizabeth & Nelson Huldin
Paul & Karen Jackson
Dan & Sheryl Kuznar
Roger Morgenstern
Muskegon Community College

Steve & Deb Olsen
Jason & Jayme Olthoff
Frank & Emma Peterson
Kate Kestleloot-Scarbrough
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Peter Turner
Warner Norcross and Judd
West Shore Bank

Gala Committee

Krista Abbott
Jeanne Bleich
Greg Borgman
Andy Buelow
Susan Cloutier Crain
Bob Garretson
Amy Hosford

Karen Jackson
Megan James
Donna Joyce
Karen Mueller O’Neill
Maris Myers
Kay Olthoff
Anthony Rickley
Becky Veltman

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Silent Auction Contributors:

Aldea Coffee, Allen Serio, Amanda Dykhouse, Andrew Kuhaarevicz, Barton Theatre Organ, Blue Lake Cottage Rentals (Cara Owens & Nate Larimer), Blue Lake Public Radio/Klay Woodworth, Carlisle's Restaurant, City Opera House, Corey Leonard, Cruise & Travel Experts, Crystal Mountain, Frauenthal Center, Fr. Jared Cramer, Grand Rapids Ballet, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids Griffins, Grand Rapids Symphony, Hackley Public Library, Hank's Tavern, Hot Rod Harley-Davidson, Lakeshore Museum Center, Lee Puthoff, Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo, Little River Casino Resort, Liz and Tom Trzaska, Martha's Vineyard, Meijer, Meyer Music, Michigan Irish Music Festival, Mike & Kay Olthoff, Mr. B's Pancake House, Muskegon Big Boy Restaurant, Muskegon Boat Rentals, Muskegon Civic Theatre, Muskegon Fire Department, Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park, Peter Clark Piano Tuning, Quality Car Wash, Shell's Beautique, Spencer Boertman, Susan Crain, The Playhouse at White Lake, The Valkyrie At the 4 Corners, West Michigan Symphony, Wines for Humanity