Shake things up for Date Night this Valentine’s Day and head out to the 2018 Greater Milwaukee Auto Show Gala on February 23 at the Wisconsin Center! One of Milwaukee’s premier social events of the season blends cars, cocktails, cuisine, and couture!
The best part? It’s a date night for a cause: all proceeds go to Special Olympics Wisconsin!
“You’ll really get to experience the show in an exclusive fashion, all dressed up and in a party atmosphere.” – TODAY’s TMJ4 anchor Vince Vitrano
So don your Kentucky Derby hat and attire for this “Horsepower and Hats” themed Gala that includes mouth-watering Southern food, an open bar, live music, auctions, and a sneak peek to the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show!
“As a kid growing up in the Milwaukee area, I always looked forward to the Auto Show. What’s so cool about the Gala is the chance to have the whole place to yourself! You’ll really get to experience the show in an exclusive fashion, all dressed up and in a party atmosphere,” said TODAY’s TMJ4 anchor Vince Vitrano. He is also co-chair of the Gala and a member of SOWI’s Board of Directors.
Event organizers expect close to 1,000 guests for the 17th year this Gala has been open to the public. Year after year, the Gala truly is one of Milwaukee’s most anticipated social events of the year. Last year’s event was a disco-themed extravaganza. The Gala is especially known for its food and live and silent auctions. “We already sampled some of the amazing food that will be available at the Gala, and I know that’s something guests rave about every year,” Vitrano said. “In addition, there are some very unique items and experiences up for auction, and the proceeds will directly support Special Olympics Wisconsin.”
The Gala is hosted annually by the Automobile Dealers Association of Mega Milwaukee, Inc. (ADAMM), who also serves as a presenter of the annual Greater Milwaukee Auto Show. The trade association was founded in 1907 and is currently made up of 117 automobile dealers in the greater Milwaukee area. Their galas have brought in more than $2 million for charities. Special Olympics Wisconsin is honored to be the beneficiary of the Gala this year. “They (ADAMM) care deeply about making the community better, and see in Special Olympics Wisconsin a great partner who is doing that every day,” Vitrano said.
“They (ADAMM) care deeply about making the community better, and see in Special Olympics Wisconsin a great partner who is doing that every day.” – Vince Vitrano
“This is going to be a really exciting year for the Gala. Special Olympics Wisconsin is a great organization that is doing some really important work in the state and ADAMM couldn’t be happier to be partnering with them,” said ADAMM’s Chairman David Kriete in a news release announcing the partnership. Kriete also sits on SOWI’s board. “The Gala is always so fun and inspiring and that describes Special Olympics Wisconsin to a tee so I think this is a really natural fit.”
SOWI Hall of Fame athlete Cindy Bentley serves as a huge testament to SOWI’s fun and inspiring ways. She also recognizes ADAMM’s commitment to improving their community through acts like the Auto Show Gala and she sincerely hopes you’ll join her at the 2018 Milwaukee Auto Show Gala. “My name is Cindy Bentley. I’m a world-class athlete. I want to invite you to the Gala so you can support 10,000 athletes. Thank you,” Bentley said in a video promoting the Gala.