Stafford and Janice Smith Scholarship

Stafford and Janice Smith

Throughout the years, Stafford and Janice Smith have improved the hospitality industry, educated young people, preserved and shared history, developed communities, and so much more!

In honor of their 50 years of business owners, Stafford’s partners, managers and employees started the Stafford and Janice Smith Scholarship Fund! This fund has been created with the Petoskey- Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, and a scholarship will be awarded annually to a Petoskey High School Graduate who is going into the field of either Hospitality or Education.

To make a donation to the Stafford and Janice Smith Scholarship fund, please send to:
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
Attn: Stafford and Janice Smith Scholarship Fund
616 Petoskey Street, Suite 300
Petoskey, MI 49770

For information on applying for this scholarship, please visit the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation Website.


Gerald Gramzay Culinary Scholarship Fund

Prior to his passing in October 2013, Chef Gerald Gramzay was with Stafford’s for over 13 years. His impact redefined our company, our menus, our culinary teams and set new standards for the way food is prepared throughout northern Michigan.

In his honor as our corporate chef and business partner, Stafford’s Hospitality started the Gerald Gramzay – Stafford’s Hospitality Culinary Scholarship Fund. This fund has been created with the Petoskey- Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, and a scholarship will be awarded annually to a person who is at least 18 years old and lives in or is from Petoskey, Charlevoix or the Harbor Springs community and who is continuing his or her education at an accredited college, university, community college, trade/technical/vocational school to pursue a career in the culinary arts.

To make a donation to the Gerald Gramzay – Stafford’s Hospitality Culinary Scholarship fund, please send to:
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
Attn: Gerald Gramzay Scholarship Fund
616 Petoskey Street, Suite 300
Petoskey, MI 49770

For information on applying for this scholarship, please visit the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation Website.

About Gerald Gramzay

(October 17, 1956 – October 8, 2013)

Gerald Gramzay was a part of the hospitality industry for over 40 years. His search for new directions in food, nutrition and service just seems to intensify each and every year. His travels have taken him to France, to school and apprentice, to five star restaurants in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City to train and develop, then back to native Michigan to lead and inspire.

From fine dining restaurants, to high profile, guest centered private country clubs and deluxe boutique hotels and inns; Gerald continues his pursuit of quality, consistency and growth. As corporate chef of Stafford’s Hospitality since 2001, Gerald’s team maintains the culinary programs at four Michigan landmark properties; Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Bay View; Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey; Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, Harbor Springs and Stafford’s Weathervane, Charlevoix.

Toni Gramzay, Gerald’s wife of 25 years, has been integral both in inspiration and hands on assistance as has their son Brandon. Amusements: communications, gardening and farming, travel, teaching, inspiring and learning.