Event Details

Join us for the Special Olympics Michigan Ties and Tennies Gala on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Detroit Athletic Club from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. to raise funds in support of our programs and athletes. The Ties and Tennies Gala is the organization's signature event held in southeast Michigan which has the largest athlete population served in all of Michigan.

This is the seventh annual Gala for Special Olympics Michigan. Be a part of a fun, sporty night of dining and dancing. Pair party chic attire with your favorite tennies and join us for an inspiring evening! Tickets are $150/individual, $300/couple or $2,000/table.

WXYZ's Ann Marie LaFlamme will emcee the 2017 Ties and Tennies Gala.

The evening will be emceed by WXYZ's Ann Marie LaFlamme, who is a passionate supporter of Special Olympics Michigan. Born and raised in Rochester Hills, Ann Marie has emceed and volunteered at numerous SOMI events and also taken part in the annual Polar Plunge multiple times. Prior to joining WXYZ in March 2015, Ann Marie spent time at WXMI in Grand Rapids and WWTV in Cadillac.

Special Olympics Michigan athlete Kelly Everson will also speak at the Gala. Kelly calls Traverse City home and is a husband, father and avid runner. At the 2017 State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash, Kelly ran the 1500M in 6 minutes and 18 seconds, taking bronze in his division. Building off of that success, Kelly will run in this year's Detroit Free Press Chemical Bank Marathon.


Want to run with Kelly and other SOMI supporters in the full or half marathons this year? CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and be sure to choose Special Olympics Michigan as your charity partner.

The Special Olympics Movement can ultimately transform communities by inspiring people throughout the world to open their minds, to accept and include people with intellectual disabilities, and thereby celebrate differences among all people, in the context of the greater similarities we all share.

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Partnership Levels

Presenting Partner: $20,000

Platinum Partner: $15,000

Gold Partner: $10,000

Silver Partner: $7,500

Bronze Partner: $5,00

Event Partner: $2,000

Supporter: $1,000

For questions please contact:

Taylor Baroli, Development and Events Coordinator

Office: (248) 688-9603

Cell: (248) 291-4494


Gala Committee Members

Co-Chair Michelle Acciavatti, Willis Towers Watson

Co-Chair Kevin Voigt, KPMG

Josh Lowry, Real Estate One

Ron Hinsley, ITC Holdings