The Saugatuck Center for the Arts and AWARE Co-Fundraiser Will Screen Tab Hunter: Confidential

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts and AWARE will host a co-fundraising event on Saturday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. The fundraiser benefits AWARE’s scholarship fund and the SCA’s internship programs. The event, at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (400 Culver Street) features cash bar and appetizers along with a screening of Tab Hunter: Confidential. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved at or 269-857-2399.

Guests can mingle under the SCA’s pavilion from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., then adjourn to the theatre and have an opportunity to meet AWARE scholarship winners and SCA interns.

The acclaimed documentary “Tab Hunter: Confidential” will then be screened. Called on of the “Top 10 Best LGBTQ-Themed Films of 2015” by Big Gay Picture Show, Tab Hunter: Confidential follows the movie star and his struggles to hide his sexuality during his years of stardom. This documentary, directed by award-winning filmmaker Jeffery Schwartz, tells Hunter’s turbulent and inspiring story.

SCA Executive Director Kristin Armstrong explained that the two non-profits worked together on the screening of Saugatuck Cures last summer and decided to continue the partnership. “We had positive feedback from guests about the co-fundraiser,” Armstrong said. “The event gives us an opportunity to raise funds for the important educational work both organizations are doing and to showcase key young professionals.”

AWARE President Jim Renberg added, “We’re excited to share a short film about two recent AWARE scholarship recipients at the event. The film was made by SCA intern Chelsie Bender. We love highlighting these students and sharing their stories with the community.”

The event is sponsored by Howard Rochte and Russ Lamesfield, Scott Habermehl, and Chris Seidel and Mike Mulcahy.

About the Saugatuck Center for the Arts

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts, located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more vibrant lakeshore community in West Michigan and beyond. For more information about the SCA and upcoming events, visit or call 269.857.2399.


West Shore Aware is a philanthropic organization of Gay men and women and their allies living in Saugatuck/Douglas and the greater West Lakeshore community. The organization is dedicated to increasing the positive influence and public awareness of the contribution that gay men and women make to the community in which they belong.