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The 2019 Summer Benefit will be held on July 6, 2019

6pm - 10pm

Ox-Bow Campus, 3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck, MI 49453

On one summer night, every July, Ox-Bow welcomes our community of artists and patrons to gather on the Warnock Meadow for our annual Summer Benefit— an evening of fellowship and fundraising. Over 400 guests at this often sold-out event will enjoy artisanal cuisine, an open bar, and lively auctions featuring the artwork of Ox-Bow’s notable artists and alumni.

This year, on July 6, 2019, we are very pleased to be coming together again to celebrate our dynamic artist community. We hope you can join us in celebration.

2019 Benefit Honoree: Kathleen Markland

2019 Benefit Honoree: Kathleen Markland

We are especially pleased this year, to hold our benefit in honor of a long-time, beloved volunteer: Kathleen Markland. Kathleen’s commitment to Ox-Bow is unparalleled. She has participated in classes at Ox-Bow since 1973, actively serves on our stewardship committee, and is dedicated to volunteerism on campus. Kathleen is often the first familiar face welcoming students back to campus at our front desk, and helping visitors during our Friday Night Open Studios. Her willingness to engage at all levels of the Ox-Bow community is emblematic of our community culture.

Honoring Kathleen has also inspired us to survey the substantial contributions women have made on Ox-Bow’s history. We look forward to featuring this history at this year’s benefit.

FOR 2019 guests

  • Individual tickets are now onsale. Individual tickets are $175. If you’d like to purchase tickets with a credit card, click here. For cash or check transaction please email

  • We are currently seeking 2019 Sponsors. For more information about sponsorship, read more below.

  • We are pleased to offer advanced release of Ox-Bow Cooks At Home, the highly anticipated cookbook by Eric May, exclusively to 2019 benefit attendees. Be sure to purchase your cookbooks when purchasing your benefit tickets. More details below.


Currently Seeking 2019 Sponsors

Ox-Bow is seeking sponsors for our 2019 annual benefit! The Summer Benefit is Ox-Bow’s single largest fundraising event. Your sponsorship ensures that Ox-Bow’s studios, grounds, and year-round programming are sustained for over 1,300 participants on an annual basis. Your support is critical to funding Ox-Bow's scholarship programs – this is vital support that impacts an artist for a lifetime.  Please consider becoming a sponsor, today, and joining us for a beautiful evening in Saugatuck.

We are pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities beginning at just $500. Below, you’ll find information about all of our sponsorship levels. For more information, please view this full pdf and consider sharing this information with others who may be interested in sponsorship.

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Ready to become a sponsor?

If you’d like to pay by cash or check, please contact us directly.

If you’d like to continue with credit card payment, please checkout below.

  • Sponsorship reservations must be received by May 17, 2019 to confirm inclusion on this year’s benefit invitation. A print spec sheet will be sent upon sponsorship reservation.

  • For ease of check-in and food service at the event, we will require your guest names, dietary restrictions, and contact information by June 23, 2019. Upon checkout you will be prompted to fill in this information for your guests. If you do not have this information yet, please skip over these fields, and provide your guests information to us before June 23.

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Ox-Bow Cooks At Home

Exclusive pre-release to 2019 benefit guests!

Compiled by Eric May, Ox-Bow's long-time head chef, this cookbook has been highly anticipated!

Spanning over two decades of chefs, cooks, dishwashers, and farmers, this cookbook is a snapshot of Ox-Bow's collaborative kitchen, and features recipes for Ox-Bow's most beloved dishes, alongside original illustration, archival photography, and contributions from Erin Chapla, Mikey Henderberg, Mac Akin, Carmen Price, Lauren Anderson and many more.

Be sure to add in your cookbook when purchasing your individual benefit tickets or sponsorship! A substantial portion of the purchase price directly supports Ox-Bow programs. All cookbooks will be mailed directly to you, please provide shipping info upon purchase.

$100 (includes a $75 tax deductible donation)


Contact us!

Kate Nguyen, Summer Benefit Coordinator — or (616) 308-2104