Gala 2015

A production by Ferris State University’s Hospitality Management program….

Voyages Through Future’s Past


Friday, February 27th, 2015 at the University Center Ballroom at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI.

Doors will open at 5:30 pm for a cocktail mixer and silent auction with dinner starting at 7:00 pm.

Any questions, please contact the Hospitality Management office at 231.591.2382


Gala Registration

To reserve your seat click HERE!


Guest – $75

Distinguished Guest – $100
Provides a direct contribution of $25 for the Gala Scholarship endowment and the guest will be featured in the event program.

Hospitality Gala Sponsor – $150.00
Provides a direct contribution to the Gala Scholarship Endowment of $50 and this guest will be listed in the event program, announced from the stage and provided VIP Seating

Hospitality Gala Table Sponsor – $750.00
Any organization purchasing a table with 10 seats will provide a direct contribution to the Gala Scholarship Endowment of $100, be listed in the event program, and receive table signage

Hospitality Gala Young Professional – $45.00
Special rate for any alumni graduating after 2011 and one guest

Hospitality Gala Donation
100% of Donations will be directed into the Gala Scholarship Endowment


Gala Menu


  • Black and Blue Ahi Tuna with Blueberry Studded Hollandaise
  • Charcuterie
  • Spinach and Feta Filled Crepes
  • Cucumber Cups with Smoked Salmon
  • Vol-au-vent with Duck Confit
  • Boursin Stuffed Peppadews


  • Mulligatawny Soup


  • Tea and Vermouth Sorbet

Pasta Course

  • Pasta Mélange

Entree Choices

  • Roast Pork Loin served with Parsnip and Celeriac Puree and Port-Braised Cabbage
  • Salmon Vegetable Mélange en Papillote with Beurre Fondue


  • Dessert Miniatures
  • Tea and Coffee Service

Ferris State University
Hospitality Management 2015 Gala
Special Accommodations Rates for Big Rapids, MI

Country Inn and Suites

$91.80 plus tax
Must mention Hospitality GALA when making reservation to get the rate.
(231) 527-9000
15344 Waldron Way Big Rapids MI 49307


Quality Inn and Suites

$59.00 plus tax
Must mention they are with the Hospitality GALA when making reservation to get the rate.
(231) 592-5150
1705 S. State Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307


Holiday Inn

King Bed Standard Room $121 plus tax
Must call and reserve room by February 9th to get special rate
(231) 796-4400
Address- 1005 Perry Street Big Rapids, MI 49307


Inn at the Rustic Gates

Queen Room $125 plus tax
(231) 796-2328
Address- 6991 Hungerford Lake Drive, Big Rapids MI 49307


Ferris State Hospitality Gala 2015
Voyages through Future’s Past

Live Auction Bid Sheet

As we “gear up” for the 24th Annual Ferris State University Hospitality Program Gala on Friday, February 27th, 2015, we are exceptionally pleased to showcase the following incredible auction items. In the spirit of adventure, we have decided to feature these items in a live auction in which you can participate, even if you are unable to attend our event! By completing the attached form indicating which item(s) you wish to bid on you will be directly contacted from the Gala staff and a student will act as your personal auction proctor for the item(s) during our live auction. We will be contacting you on Thursday, February 26th verifying the time that the live auction will take place on February 27th, so you may participate via telephone with your bidding proctor.
We greatly appreciate your support!

Live Auction Items

A Deluxe Seven Night Lodging Package

Incredible 7 Night Stay in a Two Bedroom Villa at any Holiday Inn Club Vacations Resort


Washburn Guitar signed by Country Rock Band Big & Rich

Big Kenny and John Rich signatures grace this Washburn Heritage Series / WD10S Acoustic Guitar


VIP in the D Getaway Package

    • 2 Night Weekend Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn
    • 2 Tickets to a professional athletic game in downtown Detroit featuring your choice of
          the Detroit Tigers or the Detroit Red Wings
    • 2 tickets to the Henry Ford Museum: the home of American’s Ideas and Innovations
    • 2 tickets to Detroit Institute of Arts: housing one of the largest, most significant art collections
          in the United States


A Fisherman’s Dream!

One Week Naknek River Camp Alaska fishing trip or one week Blue Bonefish Belize Getaway

Please complete the attached form indicating your choice of item(s) for bid with your maximum bid amount. Email or fax the completed form to: or 231.591.2998

You will be contacted by a student on Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 between noon and 5 pm at the phone number provided to confirm the details of the auction process with you.