Legacy Gala

Save the Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Michigan Legacy Art Park

The signature fundraising event for Michigan Legacy Art Park  – a sculpture park that inspires awareness, appreciation and passion for Michigan history, culture and environment.

The 2014 Legacy Gala took place on Saturday, August 16 at Crystal Mountain included a sparkling wine reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, and the presentation of the Legacy Award – a special award designed to honor those who make a significant, positive impact on Michigan’s arts, history, culture or environment.

This year, the Art Park Board of Directors recognized the significant positive impact the Pure Michigan campaign has had on our state. The campaign effectively and meaningfully shares with the world the story of Michigan – its arts, history, culture and natural beauty. George Zimmermann, former Vice President for Travel Michigan, was recognized with the 2014 Legacy Award for his leadership in spearheading the launch of the phenomenally successful Pure Michigan campaign. George Zimmermann was named “One of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales and Marketing” by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) in 2012. In 2011, he was named State Tourism Director of the Year by his peers, the National Council of State Tourism Directors.

2014 Legacy Gala Sponsors

Crystal Mountain

Robert Holdeman, Architect

Maurice and Linda White

Fifth Third Bank

L. Mawby Vineyards



Central State Bank

Martin and Valerie Cotanche

Katharine and Harry Eiferle

Live for Art Gallery in downtown Beulah

Marilyn Wheaton and Paul Duffy


Betsie Bay Furniture

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Tom and Julie Dawson

Michael and Catherine Fruge

Dennis and Alyce Helfman

Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association

Joanne and Joe Murphy

Sarah Nicholls

Patty Pelizzari

Jack and JoAnn Pope

Terry and Michael Tarnow

Ima Williams


Special thanks to Fifth Third Bank for in-kind volunteer support.

Related links: 

Tribute Videos Shown During Previous Legacy Gala Events

MiNews26 Feature on Legacy Gala

2014 Legacy Gala Grand Traverse Insider Article

MyNorth.com Article August 2014

2013 Legacy Gala event details

2013 Legacy Gala event recap

Record Eagle article about the 2012 Legacy Gala

Photos from the 2011 Legacy Gala

David Barr’s keynote address at the 2011 Legacy Gala

Record Eagle article about the 2011 Legacy Gala

Grand Traverse Insider article about the 2011 Legacy Gala