• Ben Tierney

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational and BeAlive team up to create regional culinary experiences

Showcasing more than 100 local flavors from regional restaurants, wineries and breweries

MIDLAND, Mich. (May 1, 2019) – The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, an inaugural LPGA official team event taking place July 15-20 at Midland Country Club, is teaming up with BeAlive, a digital video entertainment and media company, to create a regional culinary brand known as Eat Great. This series of food experiences will be introduced as part of the tournament’s week-long schedule of events and will consist of three unique programs that will take place at various locations within the region.

“We are proud to be teaming up with BeAlive and local restaurants, wineries, and breweries to offer three distinct opportunities to celebrate the diverse culinary talent and flavors of the Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Chris Chandler, executive director of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. “Partnering with local brands enhances the event’s efforts to build community, drive business growth, and further promote the collaborative format of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.”

The BeAlive leadership team shared Chandler’s enthusiasm.

“Our partnership with Eat Great and the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is an incredible opportunity for us to be a part of this extremely special event and reinforce our commitment to share our message of living your best life outside and infuse that initiative into the Great Lakes Bay community.” said Jason Brown, co-founder and chief creative officer of BeAlive. “Our BeAlive team is driven to make the community experience at Eat Great a can’t-miss event for the next five years and beyond.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to discover all the Great Lakes Bay Region’s culinary scene has to offer through three separate Eat Great programs.

Eat Great Food Festival

Kicking off the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational week is the two-day Eat Great Food Festival featuring live entertainment, taking place downtown Midland, Sunday, July 14 and Monday, July 15.

  • Adult tickets are $40 each and are valid for one day

  • Youth tickets (13-20 years of age) are $20 each and are valid for one day

  • Children 12 and under receive free admission

Food festival tickets include unlimited samples of beer, wine, and signature dishes from more than 100 local restaurants, wineries and breweries from around the region.

Eat Great Hospitality Trail

The four-day Eat Great Hospitality Trail presented by Garber Chevrolet, taking place Wednesday, July 17 to Saturday, July 20 at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, will allow spectators to purchase an upgraded food, beverage, and viewing experience on-course at Midland Country Club.

  • Adult tickets are $40 each and are valid for one day

  • Youth tickets (13-20 years of age) are $20 each and are valid for one day

  • Children 12 and under receive free admission

Hospitality trail tickets include access to four upgraded viewing decks spread throughout the golf course. Participants are encouraged to move between the decks, tasting unlimited samples of the dishes and brews unique to each county in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Eat Great Restaurant Week

Eat Great Restaurant Week, taking place July 15-28, is a two-week promotion highlighting the best eateries in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Restaurants across the region will create a 3-course, prix fixe menu at a special rate to entice both tourists and community members to explore more than 100 local restaurants, wineries and breweries from around the region.

Eat Great Food Festival restaurants will include: Old City Hall, Molasses, Mountain Town Station and Brewery, The H Hotel, Whine, The Maple Grille, Grape Beginnings Winery, Tavern 101, American Kitchen, Forgotten Ciders, Soaring Eagle Casino, Sunsational Smoothies, Midland Brewing Company, Tri-City Brewing, Frankenmuth Brewery, and Bavarian Inn.

Eat Great participating partners will include: BeAlive, Garber Chevrolet, Midland Sports Rehab, Members First Credit Union, Midland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Three Rivers Corporation, Midland Brewing Company, and Fabiano Brothers.

“We are thrilled to have representation from restaurants, breweries and wineries from each region making up the Great Lakes Bay community,” said Alex Maga, event manager of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. “If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Alexandra.Maga@octagon.com.”

Ticket sales for Eat Great and the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational are now available via our website www.DowGLBI.com. To stay up to stay up-to-date on all event information, join

the social conversation at www.facebook.com/DowGLBI, www.twitter.com/DowGLBI, and www.instagram.com/dowglbi (@DowGLBI).


About the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Dow GLBI) is a new official LPGA Tour event that will be held in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region July 15-20, 2019 at Midland Country Club. The Dow GLBI will offer a format unlike any other event on the LPGA Tour. The 72-hole, stroke-play tournament will feature 72 two-player teams competing in both foursomes and four-ball with a $2 million purse. The week-long event will feature more than golf – Eat Great, a two-day food festival featuring restaurants and breweries throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, an official LPGA Tour Pro-Am Tournament, STEM in Sports youth related programming and leadership events.

The mission of the Dow GLBI is to accelerate the efforts of the Great Lakes Bay Region and Dow’s strategy by building a world class LPGA Tour event that positively impacts people’s lives and enriches the community.

Follow @DowGLBI on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or online at www.DowGLBI.com.

About BeAlive Founded in January of 2018, Midland, Michigan-based BeAlive Inc. is powered by a stable of outdoor storytellers and doers who are driven to build brands through creating inspiring content across the multimedia landscape including television, digital, social media and advertising. Born to be an extension of the parent company mantra, the GoBeAlive.com digital platform is a place for people to learn, share and connect about all things outside through series, documentaries, how-to’s and written word. With content created all over the world, BeAlive is always driven by nature and the responsibility to inspire others to live their best life outside, while leaving it better than they found it.

About Midland Country Club Midland Country Club has maintained a standard of excellence through its heritage since its founding in 1928. The Club was established to provide golf and other recreational and social activities for its members—which continues today! Located in the center of Midland, Michigan, the Club provides beautiful scenery, superb facilities and top quality service. Midland Country Club is thankful for each of its more than 750 members and the community for continuing to support the Club and is excited to host The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational! Learn more about Midland Country Club by visiting www.midlandcc.net.

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

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