Event Details

Join us for the Special Olympics Michigan Ties and Tennies Gala at Ford Field in Detroit on October 18, 2019 to raise funds in support of our programs and athletes. More details to follow. 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 ninth 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 2019 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.

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.


• For questions please contact Ted Grossnickle at ted.grossnickle@somi.org

Partnership Levels

Platinum Partner: $20,000

Gold Partner: $15,000

Silver Partner: $10,000

Bronze Partner: $7,500

Champion Partner: $5,000

Event Partner/Table: $2,000

Underwriting Opportunities available ranging from $1,000-$5,000

Download Partnership Packet/Form


For questions please contact:

Ted Grossnickle, Development & Events Manager

Office: (248) 688-9603

ted.grossnickle@somi.org



Gala Committee Members

Co-Chair Kevin Voigt, KPMG

Co-Chair Dr. Matthew Prince

Michelle Acciavatti, Willis Towers Watson

Josh Lowry, Real Estate One

Ron Hinsley, ITC Holdings

Suzanne Seitz, CooperStandard