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Detroit neighborhood human service organization Franklin Wright Settlements hosted its annual Spirit of Giving Awards Gala at the Belle Isle Casino on Dec. 10. Guests posthumously honored Judith D. Jackson and Dr. Gerald Smith for their "outstanding commitment to excellence, innovation, and community service." The evening included dinner, an energetic musical performance by Alexander Zonjic & Friends, and more. For more than 130 years, FWS has been aiding the Detroit community with its self-help strategies, programs, and opportunities.
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The 28th Annual Holiday Tea to support Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based organization that aims to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women, was held on Dec. 2 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The event featured networking and a silent auction of new and gently used items brought by guests.
More than 740 people attended the 2016 Kidney Ball on Dec. 3 at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. The event, which raised $617,000 for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, featured live and silent auctions, cuisine prepared by MotorCity Casino Hotel Executive Chef Raymond Bertschy, and live music by the band Your Generation in Concert featuring Fifty Amp Fuse.
Jazzy Holiday Tea, a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, was held Dec. 3 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Guests enjoyed a traditional tea and fashion show of women's tops, jewelry, and scarves, as well as music by the jazz duo Mike and Mike.
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor held its 41st Annual Holiday Ball, The Enchanted Voyage Aboard the Queen Mary, on Dec. 3 at Eastern Michigan University. The event, which benefited the Behavioral Health Services at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, featured dinner catered by Forte Belanger, music by Intrigue, and a performance by Dancers Workshop.
The Second Annual Capuchin School Night Out was held Dec. 8 at Brew Detroit. The event, which was geared toward young adults, benefited the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and featured hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music, and a brewery tour.
The 2016 Detroit Historical Society Holiday Ball was held on Dec. 10 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The event aimed to bring together the metro Detroit community for a celebration of the region’s history while bidding farewell to the Joe in its final season. Guests enjoyed cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, seated dinner with both live and silent auctions, and an afterglow. and silent auctions, and an afterglow.
Birmingham-based restaurant Forest held a Champagne Wishes brunch on Dec. 10 to benefit both Wish Upon a Teen and LUNGevity. Wish Upon a Teen provides creative programs and opportunities to teenagers battling life-limiting medical conditions such as cancer, sickle cell, and organ transplants, while LUNGevity's mission is to increase the quality of live and survivorship of people with lung cancer.
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On Dec. 2, Easterseals Michigan held their largest annual fundraiser, the Cheers Gala, at the World Heritage Air Museum in Waterford. Guests enjoyed a strolling dinner, live entertainment, games, and a performance from their new dance program, the ESM Miracle Dancers. Proceeds benefited the organization, which serves and supports people with disabilities or special needs and their families so they can successfully live, learn, work, and play in their communities.
held their annual Advent Evening of Fellowship at the Detroit Athletic Club. The black tie event featured guest speaker Ken Katz, conservation and restoration artist. Katz and his team were hired to repair water damage to the ceiling of the main dining room of the Albert Kahn-designed Detroit Athletic Club, eventually leading to a restoration of the paintings hidden beneath layers of old paint. The evening benefitted the chapter's mission of to raising funds to maintain and restore the vast collection of art housed in the Vatican Museums.
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On Nov. 19, Our Lady Star of the Sea hosted the 5th annual Taste event in Grosse Pointe Woods. The evening featured fine wine and food samplings from 24 exclusive vendors and live entertainment from the Chris Codish Jazz Trio. Proceeds benefited the parish.
On Nov. 18, the Parade Company celebrated its 27th annual Hob Nobble Gobble, presented by Ford Motor Co. at Ford Field in Detroit. The event welcomed more than 2,000 special guests in honor of America's Thanksgiving Parade. The evening featured carnival rides, games, a performance from award winning hip hop artist Flo Rida, and more.
On Nov. 15, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council held the 34th annual Nutcracker Luncheon and Boutique at the Detroit Athletic Club in Detroit. Guests enjoyed an elegant luncheon, raffles, shopping from a collection of vendors, and more. Proceeds benefited the organization, which is an active partner of the DSO in fundraising, audience and membership expansion, youth music education, and volunteer service.
On Nov. 14, JARC brought the Music of Michael Jackson featuring The Detroit Symphony Orchestra to the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Orchestra Hall in Detroit, for their annual fall fundraiser. Guests of the pre-glow enjoyed a strolling dinner and cocktails before the iconic show. Proceeds benefited JARC, which aims to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through gentle and loving support, valued relationships, and engagement with the community, in accordance with Jewish values.
On Nov. 12, the the Rugiero Promise Foundation and University of Michigan Diabetes Center held the 6th annual Casino Royale fundraiser at the Edward Hotel and Convention Center in Dearborn. The event honored the memory of Antonio Rugiero who lived with type 2 diabetes for nearly 40 years. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, live entertainment, games, and more. Proceeds benefited the Antonio Rugiero Diabetes Research Fund at the U of M Diabetes Research Center, with the goal of reversing the course of the disease to save lives.
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On Nov. 3, the inaugural Chairs for Charity fundraiser showcased the talent of the local art and design community at the Garden Theater in Detroit. During the unique pop-up gallery of extraordinary chair installations, attendees sipped cocktails, enjoyed gourmet bites, and bid on the chairs to raise funds for dozens of local charities participating in the Give Detroit Challenge.
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On Nov. 12, the Detroit Institute of Arts held its annual fundraising gala, this year celebrating Salvador Salort-Pons' first year as director. Guests traveled to Spain for the evening, enjoying an elegant seated dinner catered by Forte Belanger, entertainment from DJ Rock City, and more. Proceeds benefited the DIA, ensuring the museum continues to serve as a place of inspiration and relevance for generations to come.
On Nov. 11, Christ Child held its annual fundraiser, Night of Angels, at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market. The evening, themed a "love-in," featured psychedelic music, drinks, munchies, and far-out silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefited the organization, which offers assistance and programming for underprivileged children in the Detroit, including a residential treatment home for neglected and abused boys.
Spicy Peach and Blackberry Crumble - Fresh peaches and peppered blackberries are baked with streusel crumble, then topped with Ray’s vanilla bean ice cream — and the result is heavenly.
Steak Tartare - The steak tartare at the London Chop House features porcini vinaigrette, frisee, soft-poached egg, truffle, and crostini.
Grand Shellfish Tower - East and West Coast oysters, Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab, littleneck clams, and jumbo shrimp cocktail, together with grains of paradise mignonette, cocktail sauce, and lemon, form this shellfish tower.
Shrimp & Grits - Creamy white grits are topped with four-herb roasted shrimp, bacon, jalapenos, tomatoes, garlic, scallions, sharp cheddar cheese, and a white wine sauce.
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Cedar Plank Salmon - Balsamic glaze, goat cheese, asparagus, sweet peppers, and zucchini make this salmon dish truly unforgettable.
Slow-Roasted Prime Rib with Coconut Macadamia Shrimp - Smashed redskins, au jus, and horseradish sour cream are the perfect complements to this popular and palate-pleasing prime rib.
Oven Roasted Sea Bass - Sea bass is paired with a vegetable salad of romaine hearts, portobello, and grape tomatoes topped with Asian vinaigrette, and served with a wasabi cream.
Skillet Seafood Platter - The Skillet Seafood Platter features flounder florentine, crab cake, lobster tail, shrimp, oysters casino, roasted redskins, and balsamic roasted romas.
Filet Oscar - Savor a mouth-watering filet topped with jumbo lump crab meat and béarnaise sauce, accompanied by asparagus spears.
On Nov. 6, A Beautiful Me held its 6th annual Avant Garde Hair Show fundraiser at Zuccaro’s Banquet Center in Chesterfield. The one-of-a-kind event featured everyday women walking the runway, ranging in age, weight, and ethnicity, and confidently adorning elaborate hairstyles. Proceeds benefitted the organization, helping provide local girls the opportunity to attend interactive after-school self-esteem workshops that build self-worth proactively in the next generation of women.
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On Nov. 5, Kids on the Go held its Superhero Soiree at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. Emceed by Brandon Roux of WDIV, the evening included a a strolling dinner, tastings, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by the Ben Sharkey Quartet and speed artist Dave Santia. Proceeds benefited children with special needs ages 3-14, providing free summer therapy.
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On Nov. 4, the House of Providence held its annual Wishes Gala at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. The evening, hosted by Chuck Gaidica, featured strolling hors d’oeuvres, an elegant dinner, and more. Proceeds benefited the Providence House, a therapeutic home which welcomes children and youth who have been the victim of extreme abuse and neglect, and offers them a healing environment.
On Oct. 27, Dutton Farm held it's 4th annual fashion show at the Woodside Bible Church in Lake Orion. Dutton's farmers strutted the catwalk in the latest trends, and guests enjoyed a silent auction, coffee, and desserts. All proceeds benefited the non-profit, which serves individuals with mental, physical, and emotional impairments through an array of activities that foster self-belief and satisfaction.
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On Oct. 21, Capuchin Soup Kitchen held its 44th annual SOCK (Support Our Capuchin Kitchen) dinner at the Cobo Center Grand Riverview Ballroom in Detroit. The evening was highlighted by a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment, as well as the new “Second Helping” afterglow, featuring drinks, a dessert bar, a coffee station, and more. Proceeds benefited the organization which serves Metro Detroit by providing food, clothing, and human development programs to those in need.
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