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Gala to Give: the Garden Gala

Julia Belden
Staff Writer

Student groups across campus recently joined forces with NMC staff to host the second annual Gala to Give. The fundraiser raised over $1,100 for the NMC Food Pantry. Gala attendees danced the night away at the Dennos Museum Center, enjoying live music from local artists Trillium Groove and Lily, as well as playlists curated by Audio Tech students. 


NMC’s Student Success and Alumni Relations teams spearheaded the event’s organization with the help of student group leaders. The Gala provides interested students with the opportunity to learn event-planning skills. Other NMC staff pitched in with assistance – door prizes included a coveted complimentary 1-hour flight lesson with an NMC Aviation instructor. 


NMC’s Multicultural Club organized an incredible menu featuring local restaurants including Osorio Tacos y Salsa, Thai Cafe, The Good Bowl, and Le Macaron. Partygoers leaving for the night eagerly piled samosas, tacos, macarons, and more into to-go containers to enjoy at a later time. 


Organizers hope that the Gala to Give will continue to be a yearly tradition. The NMC Food Pantry, this year’s beneficiary, is available for students fighting food insecurity. Students can access the pantry in the Osterlin Building on the Main Campus. Non-perishable food items and toiletries may also be donated here. For more information, call the Student Life office at (231) 995-1118 or visit the Student Life section on

Photo courtesy of Hannah Gaither

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