On April 13, the Fair Lane Dinner Dance celebrated its 30th anniversary celebration. Started by Edsel and Cynthia Ford, the formal event took place in the Dearborn Inn. Guests were served a gourmet dinner, cocktails, and more. The celebration included an afterglow and raised funds for the restoration of the Fair Lane Estate.
On April 7, Elegance Fashion hosted its 40th annual fashion show at the Intramural Sports Building in Ann Arbor. Models made their way down the runway in clothing by local, up-and-coming, and independent designers. In addition to the fashion show, attendees took part in giveaways and enjoyed special performances. Proceeds from the event benefited Living Arts Detroit, a non-profit focused on promoting art education in Southwest Detroit.
On March 21, the Women's Division for Project HOPE held its annual Hats Off to New Members tea service at the Townsend in Birmingham. The elegant gathering welcomed newcomers with live harp entertainment, mini makeovers by Dior, a fashion show, and more. Proceeds of the event beneftted the worldwide health initiatives of Project HOPE, which has been providing help and solutions to health crises since 1958.
On March 8, Paws with a Cause held its annual fundraising event PAWS Together at the Burton Manor in Livonia. Guests heard stories about how assistance dogs have changed lives and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks. The hour-long event encouraged guests to donate to Paws with a Cause to help continue its mission of training and providing assistance dogs to those with disabilities.
On March 10, the Rochester Junior Women's Club held its 11th annual Diva's Day Out at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. Attendees were treated to a spring fashion show, boutique shopping at over 40 shops, lunch, and a complimentary tote bag full of goodies. Proceeds benefited four organizations: Career Dress, OU Cares, the Professional Law Enforcement Association Foundation, and Sew Much Comfort.
On March 28, Alternatives for Girls held its annual Role Model Dinner at Cobo Center in Detroit. Guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, a plated dinner, and an awards program. The 2018 event honored this year's Role Models, including Alicia Boler Davis, Deborah LaBelle, and Monica L. Martinez. Proceeds from the dinner benefited the AFG programs, which provide resources, shelter, and support to at-risk and homeless girls.
On March 2, Power 88.3 and A Beautiful Me co-hosted its original event, Bloom with A Beautiful Me, at the McMorran Theatre in Port Huron. The self-confidence and self-empowerment event brought over 750 middle and high school girls together to celebrate and discover their self-worth and beauty.
On March 24, Charlotte’s Wings celebrated its 11th annual fundraising gala at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. This year's event included an all-new March Madness Lounge, as well as a cash bar, dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing, and live music from SpaceCat. Proceeds benefited the organization, which donates new books to Michigan children in hospital and hospice care who have serious illnesses and health crises.
On March 10, the Detroit Boat Club Crew held its second annual Historic Night on the Water at the Belle Isle Boathouse in Detroit. The Monte Carlo-themed event featured cocktails, casino games, and more. Proceeds from the event benefited the restoration of the 1902 Boathouse and other programming.
On March 9, Empty Bowls Detroit held its annual fundraiser at Eastern Market in Detroit. Detroit musicians performed while attendees enjoyed a strolling dinner featuring homemade soups, bread, cheese, and dessert. Proceeds benefitted Cass Community Social Services.
On March 11, Detroit Dog Rescue hosted its annual fundraising event, Canines and Couture, at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Attendees were treated to a fashion show starring DDR's adoptable dogs and some of metro Detroit's media personalities, a strolling lunch, and more. Proceeds benefited the nonprofit in its mission to humanely rescue homeless and stray dogs.
On March 3, Eton Academy held its annual "Lights! Camera! Auction!" gala and fundraiser in Birmingham. As the academy's largest fundraising event of the year, the evening included a formal, sit-down dinner prepared by Forte Belanger, raffles, auctions, and more. Proceeds from the event benefited the school in its mission to support and educate students with learning challenges.
On Feb. 24, the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund held its 13th annual Dinner, Dance, and Auction event at MGM Grand Detroit. Guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, entertainment from Mainstreet Soul, and more. Proceeds benefited the organization, which supports injured soldiers by paying their living expenses and provides assistance to the families of the fallen.
On Feb. 24, Figo Salon held a fundraising event for ALS Awareness and Research at their Birmingham location. The Dine to Donate fundraiser featured a five-course menu prepared by Chef Anthony Lombardo of SheWolf, floral designs and decor by John Gerych, and more. Proceeds of the event benefited awareness and research of the neurological disease.
On Feb. 10, Washtenaw Community College held its annual Motor City Mardi Gras event in the Morris Lawrence building of its Ann Arbor campus. Guests of the "Hippest Party in Town" enjoyed food prepared by guest chefs, music from the Motor City, and more. Proceeds from WCC's largest fundraiser benefitted the WCC Foundation, providing scholarships and other means of financial assistance for students.
On Feb. 2, the Berkley Education Foundation held its 9th Annual Off to the Races event at Club Venetian in Madison Heights. The evening included hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live and silent auctions, simulated horse racing, and more. Proceeds benefited the Berkley School District.
On Jan. 27, the Detroit Yacht Club held its 142nd annual Officers' Ball in Detroit. The ball, which began in 1878, is one of the longest-running formal events in Michigan. Guests enjoyed cocktails, a formal dinner, the traditional Grand March processional, dancing, and more. The ball is the first major event celebrating the DYC's 150th anniversary.
On Jan. 25, Empowerment Plan held its 5th annual fundraiser at their new facility in Detroit. Attendees enjoyed specialty food and drinks from local restaurants and bars, live music, photo booths, and more. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefitted the nonprofit organization in its efforts to secure homes and jobs for Detroit's homeless community.
On Jan. 19 at Ford Field, the 2018 AutoGlow was hosted by Lisa and Bill Ford and Kathy and Jim Hackett. The "An Evening in Casablanca" themed event featured delicious food and live entertainment. All net proceeds benefited the Children’s Center of Wayne County, which offers more than 20 programs to over 7,500 children and families annually dealing with issues including abuse, neglect, mental illness and behavioral problems.
On Jan. 19 at Cobo Center, guests enjoyed a first look at the North American International Auto Show at the Charity Preview. The black-tie event benefitted a wide range of children’s charities, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. The fundraiser has raised more than $112 million for southeast Michigan children's charities since the gala was established in 1976.
On Jan. 13, The Gallery returned to Cobo Center, officially kicking off the North American International Auto Show. During the 11th annual event, guests enjoyed a strolling dinner and had the opportunity to see a multimillion dollar collection of world-class automobiles, including brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Rolls-Royce.
On Jan. 17, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit hosted a private preview for Industry Night of the North American International Auto Show. A dinner at the Chef's Table at the Foundation Hotel followed the event. Detroit influencers, including Goodwill automotive partners, were in attendance.
On Dec. 9, the Italian Bar Association of Michigan hosted its 86th annual Winter Gala at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, gelato tasting, and more. Proceeds from the event benefitted Friends of Foster Kids, a Michigan non-profit that supports the community's foster kids.
On Dec. 8, St. John's Fontbonne Auxiliary hosted its 64th annual White Christmas Ball at the Detroit Athletic Club. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and more. Proceeds from the event benefitted St. John Hospital.
On Dec. 19, the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children held two jungle-themed movie premieres for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor and at the Celebration! North Cinema in Grand Rapids. Attendees enjoyed a VIP reception, a screening of the movie, and a post-premiere hot chocolate street party. The fundraiser benefitted the organization, which is Michigan's only statewide pediatric hospice and advanced illness support program.
On Dec. 2, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hosted its annual holiday ball at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. Over 900 guests attended the Paradise Ball - A Night in Shangri-La, and enjoyed cocktails, dinner prepared by Forte Belanger, and performances by Intrigue. Proceeds from the black tie event benefitted St. Joe's palliative care program.
On Dec. 2, Ronald McDonald House Detroit hosted its annual Holiday Tea. Guests enjoyed tea and other holiday festivities at the Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center. The yearly event featured live music from Kimmie Horne, a fashion show, and more. Proceeds benefitted Ronald McDonald House Detroit.
On Dec. 8, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council held its 34th annual ACE Awards in combination with the 40th biennial Chairman's Scholarship Gala. The prestigious business event was held in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Attendees enjoyed a grand reception, dinner, and dessert. Minority business enterprises and college students were presented awards and scholarships.
On Dec. 6, Acclaimed Charity hosted its 9th annual Holiday Schmooze at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Guests enjoyed dinner, silent auctions, dancing, and more. Proceeds benefited the United World Mission's Ugandan Mobile Medical Mission, which provides support for the villages in Uganda.
On Dec. 1, Easterseals Michigan hosted its annual Cheers Gala at the Rochester Mills Production Brewery & Tap House in Auburn Hills. Guests enjoyed 16 craft beers on tap, wines, food trucks, and more. Proceeds benefited Easterseals Michigan, a nonprofit that helps the disabled, specifically those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
On Nov. 21, Our Lady Star of the Sea hosted its 6th annual Taste event in Grosse Pointe Woods. Attendees enjoyed a selection of fine wine and food samplings from local restaurants. Proceeds from the community event benefited the parish.
On Dec. 2, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan held its annual Kidney Ball at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Nearly 600 attendees enjoyed a Candy Bar from Mars Wrigley Confectionery, a performance from Your Generation in Concert, and more. Proceeds from the "Casablanca" themed event benefited the NKFM's programs and services, helping those with chronic kidney disease.
On Dec. 1, Christ Child Society of Detroit held its annual Christmas Home Tour in Birmingham. Attendees enjoyed brunch and boutique shopping at the Birmingham Country Club, and toured nearby Christmas-decorated homes. Proceeds benefited the organization, which is dedicated to improving the well-being of local disadvantaged and at-risk children.
On Dec. 1, Alternatives for Girls hosted its 29th Annual Holiday High Tea at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The sold-out event featured tea, snacks, and a silent auction. Proceeds supported Alternatives for Girls in its effort to empower and assist local homeless and at-risk girls and young women.
On Nov. 29, the Women's Division for Project Hope held their annual Holiday Luncheon at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. Guests enjoyed lunch, shopping, raffles, silent auctions, and more. Proceeds from the event benefited the Women's Division branch of Project Hope, a nonprofit that provides relief for disasters and health crises globally.
On Nov. 18, South Oakland Shelter hosted its 9th annual Dancing with the Detroit Stars gala at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The star-filled event featured a silent auction, dinner, and a dance competition featuring local celebrities partnered with professional dancers. Proceeds benefited the South Oakland Shelter, providing support for the homeless community.
On Nov. 17, Ford Motor Company presented its 28th annual Hob Nobble Gobble event at Ford Field in Detroit. Presented by the Parade Company, the black-tie event honored America's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Guests enjoyed a Carnival Midway, a Parade of Stars, a performance by Why Don't We, and more.
On Nov. 9, Gilda's Club Metro Detroit hosted its 4th annual Gather to Give at its clubhouse in Royal Oak. The "Ladies Night Out" themed event featured a strolling dinner and a silent auction. Proceeds directly benefited cancer patients and family care programs.
On Nov. 10, the Julian Boivin Courage for Cures Foundation held its 7th annual Brave Knight Benefit at Pine Lake Country Club in West Bloomfield. The charitable event featured a champagne reception, a strolling dinner, and more. Proceeds benefited diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) brain tumor research grants.
On Nov. 10, Central City Integrated Health (CCIH) held its inaugural Detroit Veterans Gala at the Detroit Golf Club. Guests enjoyed dinner, guest speakers, and an art auction featuring pieces from local veteran artist Donald "Sunn" Anderson. Proceeds of the gala benefited the CCIH, providing housing and health services to veterans and Detroit residents.
On Nov. 5, A Beautiful Me held its 7th annual Avant Garde Hair Show fundraiser at Zuccaro's Banquets & Catering in Chesterfield. Attendees enjoyed dinner, dessert, and a hair-centric fashion show that showcased the works of Michigan-based hairstylists. Proceeds from the one-of-a-kind event benefited A Beautiful Me in its mission to raise the self-esteem of young women through unique and interactive workshops.
On Nov. 9, St. Anne's Mead held its Evening of Empowerment: Breaking the Silence on Elder Abuse benefit. The informative event was held at The Community House of Birmingham and included dinner, drinks, guest speakers, and more. Proceeds benefitted the nonprofit its efforts to raise awareness of elder abuse and provide memory care for those with forms of dementia.
On Oct. 28, the Alzheimer's Association held its 33rd annual Chocolate Jubilee at MGM Grand Detroit Hotel. Guests enjoyed a keynote address from writer, artist, and anthropologist Dana Walrath, chocolate tastings, and live music from Nouveauté. Proceeds benefited organization in its effort to serve individuals and families struggling with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.
On Nov, 4, the First Congregational Church of Detroit hosted its annual fundraiser and restoration dinner. The fundraiser honored Rev. Dr. Cindy A. Rice as she celebrated her 3rd year as pastor of the church. Guests enjoyed dinner, music, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefited the restoration of the historic church, which serves as the site of the Underground Railroad Living Museum.
On Oct. 27, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital hosted its 10th annual Harvest Moon Ball at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel. The extravagant evening featured dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, and more. Proceeds benefited oncology services at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.
On Nov. 2, the second annual 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 beautiful works of art to raise funds for dozens of local charities participating in the Give Detroit Challenge.
On Oct. 25, Services To Enhance Potential (STEP) held its Steps to Success event on the second floor of Cost Plus Wine Shop at Detroit's Eastern Market. The fundraiser featured wine tastings, strolling hors d'oeuvres, and an art auction. Proceeds supported STEP in its efforts to provide and support disabled adults seeking employment opportunities.
On Oct. 27, Capuchin Soup Kitchen held its annual Support Our Capuchin Kitchen (SOCK) dinner at Cobo Center Grand River Ballroom in Detroit. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auctions, and more. An Afterglow reception continued the night's festivities. Proceeds benefitted the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, providing food, clothing, and assistance to those in need.
On Oct. 28, the Rugiero Promise Foundation held its 7th annual Casino Royale at the Ford Community & Arts Center in Dearborn. The charity event featured an open bar, strolling dinner, and a performance by The Toppermost Band. Guests danced and placed bets in various casino games. Proceeds benefitted the Rugiero Promise Foundation in its effort to find a cure for diabetes.
On Oct. 22, Dutton Farm held its 5th annual fashion show at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Guests and models dressed in trends from their favorite decades. Attendees enjoyed strolling hors d'oeurves, drinks, desserts, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefitted the nonprofit's special needs employment program, providing dignified employment to people of all abilities.
On Oct. 28, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History celebrated Judge Damon J. Keith's 50 years of service on the federal bench. The black-tie optional event featured live music by The Gabriel Brass Band and Jimmy McKee & The Upsetters, dinner, and a dessert reception. Proceeds benefitted the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law and the museum.
On Oct. 26, Hour Detroit's 12th Annual Top Docs Party was held at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. The professionals named on the 2017 Top Docs list celebrated with their colleagues and enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, and live entertainment.
On Oct. 20, Sweet Dreamzzz Inc. hosted its annual A Night to R.E.M.ember event. The fundraiser was held on the cobblestone streets of the Detroit Historical Museum, and featured live and silent auctions, a signature 'Heads or Tails' event, and more. Proceeds benefitted Sweet Dreamzzz, educating disadvantaged kids and families about healthy sleeping habits.
On Oct. 10, the 2017 Taste of Southfield was held at the Southfield Town Center Atrium. Presented by the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the premier event featured samplings from 20 local restaurants, shopping from local vendors, and an Edible Creations competition. A portion of the proceeds benefitted the American Heart Association.
On Oct. 13, St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital held its 25th annual fundraising gala at the Laurel Manor in Livonia. The gala was themed after Cirque de la Vie and featured dinner, auctions, and circus performers. This year's event raised $250,000 for the Healthy Livonia initiative, providing the community opportunities to get and stay healthy.
On Oct. 10, the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section, held its Women of Vision benefit luncheon. The annual event took place at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield and featured New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner as the guest speaker. Proceeds from the event supported programs of the National Council of Jewish Women/Greater Detroit.
On Oct. 12, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation held its Wine & Dine in the D event at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. Guests enjoyed a strolling dinner featuring dishes from 24 of metro Detroit's finest restaurants and live entertainment by Ursula Walker/Buddy Budson Quintet. Proceeds benefited the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
From October 12-15, Royal Starr hosted its annual international film festival in downtown Royal Oak. The four-day event featured film screenings, VIP events, and community activities. The Royal Starr Film Festival screened short, feature, and documentary films, and awarded prizes to filmmakers in the community.
On Oct. 12, artist Tony Roko celebrated the grand opening of Art Foundation at The Warehouse Studio in Plymouth. The event featured a strolling dinner prepared by Chef Joe Nader, Atwater Brewing Company's Roko labeled brews, and dessert by Chef Scott Breazeale. Art Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters creative minds for at-risk children.
On Oct. 12, The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial held its Victory Gala at the Royal Oak Farmer's Market. The event was hosted by FOX 2 Detroit's Sherry Margolis and honored WWII veterans. Guests enjoyed a strolling dinner, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and more. Proceeds from the gala supported the building of The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial in Memorial Park in Royal Oak.
On Oct. 13, Eastern Market held its annual Harvest Gala inside Shed 3. Guests enjoyed a "farm to fork" meal prepared by Grey Ghost's Chef John Vermiglio, live entertainment, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefitted the Eastern Market and its mission to provide access to fresh food, accelerate the development of food entrepreneurs, and enhance the public market experience.
On Oct. 6, Branches Crew hosted its Inaugural Benefit gala. The "Streets of Detroit" themed event took place in the Detroit Historical Museum. Guests sipped cocktails, enjoyed a strolling dinner, and wandered the Streets of Old Detroit exhibit. The gala raised funds for Branches Crew, a nonprofit that supports underprivileged kids in Macomb and Oakland County.
On Sept. 28, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan hosted its annual Toasting Hope Tasting event. Over 300 attendees tasted varieties of beer and wine, participated in live and silent auctions, and enjoyed a selection of crudités, appetizers, and desserts. Proceeds supported the Epilepsy Foundation and its mission to help, manage, and ultimately cure epilepsy.
On Sept. 30, The Detroit Art Deco Society held its annual Detroit Wine Stroll. The walk through Detroit started at Angelina's Italian Bistro. Attendees enjoyed some of Detroit's architecturally significant buildings, as well as select wines and appetizers at eight unique venues.
From October 2-6, Hour Detroit held its biannual event Savor Detroit. The five-night series featured custom menus developed by the city’s most celebrated chefs for one-of-a-kind four-course meals complete with thoughtfully selected wine pairings. Friday's meals were prepared by chef Michael Barrera of Prime+Proper and Chef Joe VanWagner of Bistro 82. A portion of the proceeds benefited Eastern Market, which since the 1800s has gradually become a cornerstone, nourishing its residents by providing fresh and nutritious food throughout Southeastern Michigan.
From October 2-6, Hour Detroit held its biannual event Savor Detroit. The five-night series featured custom menus developed by the city’s most celebrated chefs for one-of-a-kind four-course meals complete with thoughtfully selected wine pairings. Wednesday's meal was prepared by Chef Jordan Hoffman of Parc and Chef Joe Flores of The Peterboro. A portion of the proceeds benefited Eastern Market, which since the 1800s has gradually become a cornerstone, nourishing its residents by providing fresh and nutritious food throughout Southeastern Michigan.
From October 2-6, Hour Detroit held its biannual event Savor Detroit. The five-night series featured custom menus developed by the city’s most celebrated chefs for one-of-a-kind four-course meals complete with thoughtfully selected wine pairings. Thursday's meals were prepared by Chef Ernesto Antopia of Cafe Cortina and Chef Craig Myrand of Diamonds. A portion of the proceeds benefited Eastern Market, which since the 1800s has gradually become a cornerstone, nourishing its residents by providing fresh and nutritious food throughout Southeastern Michigan.
From October 2-6, Hour Detroit held its biannual event Savor Detroit. The five-night series featured custom menus developed by the city’s most celebrated chefs for one-of-a-kind four-course meals complete with thoughtfully selected wine pairings. Tuesday's meals were prepared by Chef Rebecca LaMalfa of Standby and Kate Williams of Lady of The House. A portion of the proceeds benefited Eastern Market, which since the 1800s has gradually become a cornerstone, nourishing its residents by providing fresh and nutritious food throughout Southeastern Michigan.
From October 2-6, Hour Detroit held its biannual event Savor Detroit. The five-night series featured custom menus developed by the city’s most celebrated chefs for one-of-a-kind four-course meals complete with thoughtfully selected wine pairings. Monday's meals were prepared by Chef Jennifer Jackson Voyager and Alex Knezevic of Vertical. A portion of the proceeds benefited Eastern Market, which since the 1800s has gradually become a cornerstone, nourishing its residents by providing fresh and nutritious food throughout Southeastern Michigan.
On Oct. 4, Infinity-Ovation Yacht Charters hosted its Oktoberfest to mark the end of their Summer Cruise Series. Passengers enjoyed a colorful cruise along Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River, a performance by The Usual Suspects, and a Bavarian-inspired meal. A portion of the proceeds benefitted the Brain Injury Association of Michigan
On Sept. 28, The Guidance Center hosted its Grape Expectations for Kids Wine Pairing Dinner at the Colony Club Detroit. Guests enjoyed fine cuisine, a silent auction and live musical entertainment. Proceeds benefited the Kids-TALK Children Advocacy Center, a community-based program that serves children through 17 years of age, providing comprehensive services to suspected child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, or other forms of psychological trauma, including witness to violent crimes.
On Sept. 28, Meadow Brook Hall hosted its 12th annual Wild Game Dinner and Auction. Guests enjoyed a four-course wild or mild game dinner prepared by Executive Chef Patrick Gazzarato, live and silent auctions, cocktails, and more. Proceeds benefitted the interpretation and preservation of the National Historic Landmark.
On Sept. 26, Career Mastered hosted its Power & Worth Women's Mixology event at the Federal Reserve Bank in Detroit. During the invite-only event, guests enjoys cocktails, conversation, and a panel featuring women setting the stage for advancing women's leadership and careers. Panelists included Amanda Lewan, co-founder of Bamboo Detroit; Anika Jackson, president at Jackson Land Holding Co.; and Gail Perry-Mason, senior director of investments at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Proceeds benefited Excel Village Youth whose mission is to create winning futures by mentoring and providing career planning to girls in grades 5th-12th.
On Sept. 15, Macomb Community College Foundation hosted its 4th annual Comedy and Cocktails event at the Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township. Guests were treated to cocktails, appetizers, a raffle and silent auctions, a seated dinner, and a performance by Forbidden Broadway. Proceeds benefitted the arts and cultural programming of Macomb Community College.
On Sept. 14, University of Michigan hosted its 2nd annual Uncork for a Cure. The sold out event was held at Bacco Ristorante in Southfield. Guests enjoyed delectable dishes created by several James Beard Foundation Award nominees, including Luciano Del Signore, James Rigato, and Andy Hollyday, as well as Bacco Ristorante's executive chef, Gabriel Botezan. Guests uncorked fine wine provided by Madeline Triffon, the master sommelier of Plum Market. Proceeds from the event supported the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Breast Oncology Program and the breast oncology surgical fellowship, which assists patient care and research.
On Sept. 11, the Ted Lindsay Foundation hosted its 17th Annual Celebrity Golf Outing at the Detroit Golf Club. Attendees played on the the driving range and the putting green, participated in an 18-hole scramble, and bid in live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the event benefitted the foundation and it's mission to support research and educational programs focusing on the cause and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
On Sept. 8, New Day Foundation for Families hosted its annual Hope Shines Gala inside Shed 5 at Eastern Market in Detroit. Guests enjoyed dinner and music, as well as live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefitted the New Day Foundation and its mission to provide financial assistance and emotional support to cancer patients and their families.
On Sept. 17, the Belinda Sue Fund hosted its 6th Annual Zoo Walk at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Participants walked to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. Proceeds of the Zoo Walk funded research for an early-detection tool and helped raise awareness for the disease.
On Aug. 26, the Joe Kocur Foundation for Children held its 9th annual Celebrity Charity Softball Series at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland. The softball tournament has featured celebrity participants, including Detroit Red Wings Alumni, and other media and entertainment personalities. All proceeds from the event benefited Wings of Mercy East Michigan, FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation, The Huron Valley Special Olympics, Play Like Jackson Foundation, Team Kendal Kidz, and the Lakeland High School - Shannon Gaber Silverthorn Public Service Scholarship.
On Sept. 9, Unshackled and Hope Against Trafficking hosted Run To Set Her Free, a 5K Color Run. The race took place in Stoney Creek Metro Park in Shelby Township. Proceeds from the event helped support victims of human trafficking, raising funds to send them to a two-year rehabilitation program.
On Sept. 9, Team Fox in the D hosted its 2nd annual Detroit Gala at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. All proceeds benefitted the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Last year's inaugural event raised over $118,000 for high-impact research programs.
On Aug. 30, Racing for Kids hosted its 11th annual Racing For Kids to the Hill event on Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms. During the day time street fair, kids enjoyed games, inflatables, music, refreshments and family-friend activities. The evening including a cocktail reception and live auction at Northern Trust. The annual event has raised and distributed more than $1 million to local children's hospitals.
On Aug. 28, Gianna House hosted its 5th annual Golf Outing at Greystone Golf Club. Golfers participated in longest drive, closest to the pin, and hole-in-one contests. The proceeds benefited the Gianna House mission to provide a safe residence, support, and resources for all pregnant women and their newborn infants.
On Aug. 26, Community Living Centers hosted its 2nd Annual CLC Cruise-In at Farmington Village Commons. Attendees enjoyed a car show, food, and other activities. The car show and fundraiser benefitted Community Living Centers, a nonprofit that serves the developmentally disabled of Oakland County.
On Aug. 25, Capuchin Soup Kitchen held its 24th annual Benefit on the Bay event at MacRay Harbor on Lake St. Clair. Attendees enjoyed dinner, dancing, and participating in live auctions. Over the years, the fundraiser has raised more than $1.3 million dollars to benefit the soup kitchen, which serves an average of 2,000 meals a day.
On Aug. 18, Detroit Institute for Children hosted its SLIDE Carnival to celebrate the end of the first year of its Summer Learning Individualized Developmental Experiences program. The carnival was held at Dove Academy in Detroit. Attendees played carnival games, had their faces painted, and participated in other fun activities.
On Aug. 19, Asthma is Real (A.I.R.), held its second annual Blue Tie Gala at the Corners in West Bloomfield. Guests enjoyed a full-course dinner, listened to inspirational speakers, and watched a fashion show featuring Michigan designers and models, all while dressed in blue. The charity dinner and fashion show supported A.I.R. in raising funds and awareness for asthma in Michigan.
On Aug. 10, Northeast Guidance Center held its signature fundraiser, Kruize4Kids, aboard the Ovation yacht. The three-hour cruise set sail from Jefferson Beach Marina in St. Clair Shores, taking passengers along Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River. Guests enjoyed a delectable dinner, drinks on the sundeck, and music from jazz group, Straight Ahead. Proceeds from the event helped provide warm coats for children in need and funding for children's programs.
On Aug. 18, Forgotten Harvest held the 15th annual Cruisin’ to Drive Out Hunger (formerly the Champagne Cruise) at Westborn Market in Berkley. Guests enjoyed delicious food from local restaurants, live entertainment, dancing, and more. Proceeds from the charity preview benefited Forgotten Harvest to help relieve hunger in Metro Detroit.
On Aug. 1, Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters held its Jazz It Up cruise on the Detroit River. Guests enjoyed a strolling dinner, classic craft cocktails, and modern jazz performances by Detroit’s very own upright bassist, Marion Hayden and band. A portion of each ticket purchase benefited 4 Paws, 1 Heart, and its mission to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs by funding medical treatment for abandoned, abused, and stray animals.
On Aug. 3, Kids on the Go invited the comedy troupe Asperger's Are Us to perform for special-needs children and their families at the Hilberry Theatre in Detroit. The show, created by artists on the autism spectrum, helped share the message that a diagnosis does not define someone’s future. The evening also welcomed special guest Anthony Ianni, an anti-bullying activist.
On Aug. 5, runners and walkers took to the streets of Birmingham in support of the 3rd annual Oral Cancer Foundation 5K. The course began in front of Seaholm High School and ended on Seaholm's track. Proceeds benefited the foundation's efforts of spreading oral cancer awareness and funding research projects.
On Aug. 5, Art & Soul Dreams hosted its "Every Child is a Work of Art" monthly traveling photo exhibit at the Pontiac Creative Arts Center. The nonprofit partnered with award-winning photographers in order to showcase photographs of older children looking for a forever family. The event aimed to help increase the rate of adoption for children in the Michigan foster care and adoption system.
On July 28, RM Sotheby's celebrated the 39th annual Concours d'Elegance of America and supported JDRF's mission of funding type 1 diabetes research during its third annual Motor City Mingle at The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, cocktails, a a celebratory kick-off dinner, and more.
On July 31, the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation held its second annual golf open. Guests enjoyed golf, fun, and fellowship, including a silent auction and buffet dinner. Proceeds benefited the foundation's efforts to empower at-risk youth.
On July 18, Gifts For All God's Children held its 5th annual Christmas in July event at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights. Guests enjoyed dinner, auction, and a presentation from special guest Kurt David.. All proceeds helped benefit at-risk children with individualized tutoring, summer camps, school supplies, Christmas gifts, and more.
On July 16, Slurping Turtle in Ann Arbor held it's annual Charity Ramen Battle. Guests enjoyed five different bowls from Chef Brendon Edwards of Gold Cash Gold, Chef Brad Greenhill of Katoi, Tadashi Nagura of Slurping Turtle, Chef Joseph Van Wagner of Local Kitchen, and Chef Derik Watson of Bistro 82, all competing for $2,000 prize for the charity of their choice.
On July 16, Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters held its Christmas in July themed cruise benefiting the Parade Company. Guests enjoyed a holiday-themed dinner and premium open bar. Each guest was asked to bring a children's gift for donation, and a portion of each ticket cost benefited the organization.