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Motown: LMC Foundation Winner's Circle 29 Benefit Auction

Support Education

Since 1988, Lake Michigan College's Winner's Circle Benefit Auction has raised more than $5 million for student scholarships.

The 29th Winner’s Circle Benefit Auction took place in The Mendel Center's Grand Upton Hall on Saturday, March 2, 2019, and raised $305,000 for scholarships and student programs.

Thanks to our volunteer committee members for helping to make the dream of education a reality for thousands of students in our communities.  

John & Kristy Proos 

Chris & Katie Cook, Dave Schaffer 

Deb O’Connor, Ryan & Rachael Ogle 

Erik & Gloria Ender, Jim & Heidi Peters

Doug Schaffer

Laura Starks, Olivia Starks 

Lynne Christiano, Larry & Petra Dietz, Trevor Kubatzke, Peter & Jamie Rossow, Lisa Welch

Buy tickets

Tickets for Winner's Circle 30 will be available starting Fall 2019
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Tickets include an evening of cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and the opportunity to bid on auction items. Tickets are $150 through the end of January, and $175 after. Charitable contribution: $75 of the full ticket price. Contact Mary Klemm at (269) 927-6849 or

Alexa Claire Boutique and Tux Shop, 2811 Niles Avenue, St. Joseph, supports the auction with a discount. Call the Tux Shop at (269) 983-7388.

Evening timeline

5:30 p.m. Doors open
Appetizers and hosted bar
Live Auction viewing
Silent Auction bidding

6:45 Dinner served

7:30 Program

7:45 Live Auction begins

9:00 Live and Silent Auctions end

Music and dance will follow the Live Auction.

Raffle Tickets

WIN $10,000
Only 300 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each so your odds of winning are excellent. The top prize is $10,000, second prize $1,000, and third prize $500. Buy your own ticket or purchase one with a group. Drawing to be held March 2, 2019, between 6 and 9 p.m. You need not be present to win; event ticket sold separately. Raffle license #C28761.

Contact Rita Whise at (269) 927-6278 or with questions or to buy your tickets.

Wine grab

Raise your glass
For $25, you can draw a numbered cork at the Auction, and you win the bottle in the corresponding wine bag. Bottles will have a minimum value of $25. Raffle license #C28761.

You can also participate by donating a bottle of wine or donate money and a bottle will be purchased on your behalf. Value must be no less than $25 per bottle. Contact Rita Whise at (269) 927-6278 or

Become a sponsor

Make the most of the event
Sponsor a scholarship or an element of the evening to show your support for local education. You can also choose to sponsor the purchase of an Item at the Gold ($2,500 and up), Silver ($1,000 to $2,499), and Bronze ($500 to $999) levels. You or your company name will be displayed as the sponsor for the item up for bid.

View the sponsorships available or contact Rita Whise at (269) 927-6278 or to get involved.

Donate an item

Help build the auction
Consider donating an item or service to be auctioned during the silent or live auction. You can also make a cash donation and an item will be purchased on your behalf and put on the auction block.

Contact Cindy Birk at (269) 927-6579 or for details.

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