Kalamazoo Gala

Join us for our 30th Annual Autumn Gala! 
The Annual Autumn Gala is the largest and most crucial fundraiser for Alternatives of Kalamazoo.

Our Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Gary Chapman

As anyone who has attended one of his marriage conferences knows, Dr. Gary Chapman’s expertise in marriage begins with the success and failures he and his wife Karolyn have experienced in their marriage for more than 45 years. He is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over thirty-five years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love.

Since the success of his first book, Dr. Chapman has expanded his 5 Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children.

He is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers/Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and One More Try. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored When Sorry Isn’t Enough, which introduces readers to the 5 languages of apology.

Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations. Dr. Chapman and his wife have two grown children and currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.

Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

WMU Bernhard Center

1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Admission Rate (includes dinner):
Ticket Price: FREE
R.S.V.P. Required

6:00pm - Check-in Begins
6:30pm - Dinner
7:30pm - Updates and Speaker

As Alternatives of Kalamazoo continues to reach a record number of services being used, the needs of the ministry grow greater. To put it simply, we can't do this without you!  There will be an opportunity to take part in a free-will offering at the end of the program.


**Some Items Listed Below May Be Combined to Make Packages

  • Alternatives- 2 Seats with the 2018 Autumn Gala Speaker $Priceless
  • Ample Pantry- Four Family Fare Dinners $56 value
  • Andrew Karr- 2 Preseason MSU Basketball Tickets $62 value
  • Best Way Disposal- 6 Months Free Service $100 value
  • Best Way Disposal- 6 Months Free Service $100 value
  • Best Western Greenfield Village- Detroit Tiger's Package $300 value
  • Bilbo's Pizza- Certificate for One Medium 2 Item Pizza $18.93 value
  • Bilbo's Pizza- Certificate for One Large 2 Item Pizza $22.68 value
  • Bittersweet Ski Resort- 4 Day Lift Tickets $164 value
  • Carl and Bonnie Gilson- Essenhaus Popcorn Basket $29.99 value
  • CARSTAR Portage- Premium Vehicle Detailing Package $173 value
  • Cathy's Kreations- 1 Homemade Cheesecake $Priceless
  • Cathy Martin- Glen Arbor Fall Getaway $450 value
  • Celebration Cinema- Gift Card $10 value
  • Clothes Mentor- $50 Gift Card $50 value 
  • Coldstone Creamery- Gift Certificate $20 value
  • Coopersville & Marne Railway- 4 Railway Tickets $55 value
  • Creation Museum- 4 Museum Passes $120 value
  • Dan Wood Company- Hague Reverse Osmosis System PLUS Installation $1,000-$1,200 value
  • Deb Wielhouwer- Lilla Rose Package $21 value
  • Detroit Red Wings- Autographed Frans Nielsen Photo $70 value
  • Fawley Overhead Door- LiftMaster Garage Door Opener $410 value
  • Finley's Grill & Smokehouse- $25 gift Certificate $25 value
  • Fish Window Cleaning- $250 Gift Certificate $250 value
  • Friends of Alternatives- 5 Hour Catered Boat Cruise on Lake Michigan for 2-8 people $500 value
  • Friends of Alternatives- 2 Passenger Private Hot Ait Balloon Ride $570 value
  • Friends of Alternatives- City Select Baby Jogger with Accessories $729.89 value
  • Friends of Alternatives- Wine Box of Soaps $28 value
  • Gilmore Car Museum- 2 Admission Tickets $30 value
  • Henderson Castle- $150 Gift Certificate $150 value
  • Henry Ford Museum- 4 Admission Passes $112 value
  • Herbert Law- 1 Gen Apple Watch $269 value​​
  • Jane Schley- Landscape Watercolor Notecards $26 value
  • Jane Schley- Floral Watercolor Notecards $22 value
  • John Wiessner- Yardzee Set $40 value 
  • Kalamazoo Candle Company- Candle Package $45 value
  • Kalamazoo Civic Theater- 2 Admission Passes $50 value
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center- 1 Year Family Membership $75 value
  • Kelly Jensen- 2 Pairs of Hand Knit Socks $56 value
  • Kuipers Advisors- Paddle Board $299.99 value 
  • Latitude 42- $25 Gift Certificate $25 value 
  • LS Designs- Gift Package $70 value
  • Margaret O'Brien- Lunch with Senator O'Brien $Priceless 
  • Newhouse Excavating- 10 Cubic Yards of Screend Top Soil Delivered $250 value
  • Olde Peninsula- $25 Gift Certificate $25 value
  • Olde Peninsula- $25 Gift Certificate $25 value
  • Pam Breglje- Vera Bradley Travel Bag $108 value
  • Pam Breglje- Vera Bradley Drawstring Family Tote $58 value
  • Paul & Debbie Carlson- South Haven Fishing Charter $500 value
  • Pease Packing- 1/2 Standard Cut Processed Hog $125 value 
  • Pure MEadow Farms- 50lb Bundle of Assorted Cuts of $100 Grass Fed Beef $400 value
  • Radisson Plaza Hotel- Overnight Stay Including Breakfast and Parking $255 value
  • Rutger's Wooden Spoons- Handcrafted Utensils $100 value
  • Sackett's Flooring Solutions- $300 Gift Certificate $300 value
  • Schuring's Retail Greenhouse- 2 $50 Gift Certificates $100 value 
  • Seelye Ford and Kia of Kalamazoo- Express Serive Oil Change Package $36.95 value
  • Seelye Ford and Kia of Kalamazoo- Full Detail Package $189.95 value
  • Seelye Ford and Kia of Kalamazoo- Service Center Pot Hole Special $141.90 value
  • Steensma Lawn and Power Equipment- STIHL BR 600 Backpack Blower $549 value
  • The Shack Bed and Breakfast- 1 Night Stay $130 value
  • Whitecaps Community Foundation- 4 Reserve Seat Tickets $50 value
  • Wohmhoff Farms Nursery- Certificate for $75 off a Christmas Tree and/or Wreath $75 value
  • Wohmhoff Farms Nursery- Certificate for $35 towards a Christmas Wreath $35 value

Thank You To Our Business Partners

Platinum Partners $1,500+
- Ameriprise Financial, Paul Carlson
- Best Way Disposal
- Boonzaaijer Bakery
Buist Electric 
- Consumers Concrete
- Cornerstone Office Systems
- Doorlag Realty
- Kalamazoo Pediatric Dentistry
- Randall J. Baas Builders
- Steensma Lawn and Power Equipment

Gold Partners $1,000
- Bilberry Jams and Pop City Popcorn 
- CARSTAR Portage
- CT Electric
- Doorlag Realty 
- Fish Window Cleaning
- Lutherans For Life
- Mall City Containers
- Park Village Pines
- Printmill
- ServiceMaster
- Whitaker-LaChance Agency
- Willis Law
- Woodwork Specialities

Silver Partners $500
- Capstone Home Improvement
- DeVisser Landscape Services
- JK Machine
- Migala Carpet One
- Miller Web Services
- Person's Auto
- Sackett's Flooring Solution
- State Farm, Lance Greer Agency