Children’s Museum Offers Black Tie Event

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum will host an evening of dining, live entertainment, dancing, a raffle, an art contest and donating at the first annual Black Tie Anchor Ball. The event is May 30 at the Park Place hotel (West Bay Ballroom Dome). Check-in and cocktails begin at 6:00 pm.  The event will continue through 11:30 pm.

Event organizer and museum trustee Kelly Mitchel says, “we are excited to invite the community to celebrate the great things which have happened, are happening and will continue to happen through the Great Lakes Children’s Museum.”

The agenda includes;

  • Registration from 6:00 to 7:15 pm
  • Dinner (choice of Ahi Tuna, Beef, or Vegetarian) from 7:15 to 8:15 pm
  • Dessert from 8:15 to 9:00 pm
  • Dancing and live entertainment from 9:00 to 11:00 pm

During dessert, guests will have the opportunity to participate in supporting items from a wish wall.  Basically, the museum will display needs and people interested in helping meet one or more of those needs, can sign up to donate to those interests.  Undesignated donations will also be accepted at the event.  The wish wall activity will be completed by 9:00 pm.

The Franklin (at the corner of Cass and Front Streets) donated a table for 8 to view the Junior Royale Parade on Thursday, July 9, 2015. The table includes food, tax and gratuity. This item will be offered through a raffle at the event. Raffle tickets are $20.00 each or 6 for $100.00.  The winning ticket will be announced at 9:00 pm.

Also to be announced at 9:00 pm is the winner of the Children’s Art Contest. Entries must be submitted in 22×28 format (no frames) and must be “nautical themed.” All mediums are being accepted. There is no fee to participate. Artwork must be at the Museum by 5/28 in order to be included in the show. Artwork will be judged in two classes based on age. First place in each class will receive a certificate donated by Brilliant Books.  Their artwork will also be displayed at the Grand Opening of the Guardians of the Great Lakes exhibit (June 27) and in the BayLife magazine.

Lively entertainment, suitable for dancing, will be provided by Fun Pianos! By 176 Keys.  They will have three dueling pianos featuring a mix of music genres throughout the evening.  Live entertainment will begin after the raffle and art winners are announced and continue through 11:00 pm.

Registration is being managed on line through the museum’s Facebook page and/or through the Museum web site (  Tickets are $100 per person. Registration is limited to 300 participants.  For a limited time, tables of 10 can be purchased for $750 (a discount of $250).

Media sponsor for the event is 104.5 BOB FM, 106KHQ, and Lite 96.3FM. LIAA has also signed on to help produce an informational video about the Museum’s impact on the community.

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum offers hands-on learning fun and family strengthening programming to nearly 35,000 children and their adult caregivers every year.