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Gala supports LGBTQ+ community
OutFront Kalamazoo’s Winter Gala

In the dead of winter, you really need a reason to get gussied up and go out, so here’s one: OutFront Kalamazoo’s Winter Gala, set for 7–11 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St.

This annual event, which encourages attendees to “dress to impress or come as you are,” is a fundraiser and awards ceremony for OutFront Kalamazoo, an organization that aims to provide a just, inclusive and supportive environment in Southwest Michigan for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions.

The event includes dancing, food, silent and live auctions, entertainment and awards honoring local individuals and businesses that support LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Tickets are $65 until Jan. 5, or $75 after Jan. 5, and $35 for students. For $200, you can become a host and receive two tickets, drink tickets and your name on the host list. For more information or to buy tickets, visit