Legacy Gala

2014-mlap-save-date-4-16 FINAL_Page_2The signature fundraising event for Michigan Legacy Art Park  – a sculpture park that inspires awareness, appreciation and passion for Michigan history, culture and environment.


Saturday, August 16, 2014
Crystal Center at Crystal Mountain
12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Thompsonville, MI  49683


The Legacy Gala includes a 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.

Come prepared: Preview the current list of auction items now. Page is continually updated as auction items are added.

This year, the Art Park Board of Directors recognizes 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, will be recognized with the 2014 Legacy Award for his leadership in spearheading the launch of the phenomenally successful Pure Michigan campaign.

Zimmermann Photo SMThe Pure Michigan campaign created in partnership with McCann Erickson advertising agency and launched in 2006, originally airing in three advertising regions outside Michigan. By 2009 the Pure Michigan campaign was airing nationally and received the Top 10 Tourism Campaign on record by Forbes magazine. In 2013 alone, Pure Michigan attracted 4 million out-of-state visitors who spent $1.2 billion at Michigan businesses.

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.

Browse the assortment of items to be featured in our live and silent auctions.

Reservations: $75 per person.

Purchase by calling (231) 378-4963 or click here to purchase online

Sponsorship opportunities start at $250 and are partially tax-deductible.
Click here for sponsor benefits.


2014 Legacy Gala Sponsors

Crystal Mountain
L. Mawby Vineyard

Bob Holdeman – Architect

Maurice and Linda White


Central State Bank

Fifth Third Bank
Live for Art Gallery
Marilyn L. Wheaton and Paul Duffy

Katharine and Harry Eiferle

Betsie Bay Furniture | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | Tom and Julie Dawson | Michael and Catherine Fruge | Dennis and Alyce Helfman | David Mix and Mary Ann Cheney | Joanne and Joe Murphy | Patty Pelizzari | Jack and JoAnn Pope | Ima Williams | Terry and Michael Tarnow


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



To learn about the past Legacy Award recipients and to watch the tribute videos that share their life’s work, click here




Related links: 

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