On May 19, the Michigan Opera Theatre held Bravo Salute in honor of its founder David DiChiera as he is retiring after this season. Guests enjoyed food, drinks and live entertainment inside the historic Detroit Opera House. An afterparty followed the initial event.
On May 20, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association invited guests to return to Downton Abbey at The Whitney. Guests dressed in their best Edwardian outfits and enjoyed music, entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds helped fund patient education, support services, and research aimed at solving the underlying immune issues that link all autoimmune disorders.
On May 5, 2017 I Heart Dogs hosted its second annual Pooches on Parade Gala at the Barrister Garden Banquet Center. With special guest Room Raj, the event treated guests to a silent auction, cheer raffle and live music from "Escaping Pavement." The event was a fundraiser in support of police officers and rescue dogs.
On May 20, the Detroit Zoological Society hosted its Benefactor Bash for high-level supporters of its Sunset at the Zoo event held at the Detroit Zoo. The soiree was held at the Manoogian Mansion, home of Detroit mayor Mike Duggan and featuring a strolling dinner, desserts, and zoo-themed specialty drinks.. Proceeds benefited Sunset at the Zoo, which will be held June 12.
On May 20, Life Directions hosted its annual Spark of Hope Tribute Gala with honorees Joan Duggan and Frank Venegas Jr. While celebrating the honorees, guests enjoyed dinner and silent auction. The evening benefited the organization, which supports and mentors youth and young adults from 13 to 35 years of age.