Nonprofit social enterprise Mend on the Move held its fifth annual Love in Motion fundraiser on March 5 at Leon & Lulu in Clawson. The evening featured dinner by chef Matt Prentice, entertainment by local singer-songwriter Olivia Dear, and a pop-up of Mend on the Move jewelry. Proceeds benefited the nonprofit.
The Shelby Community Foundation held the 14th annual Snowflake Social on Feb.28. The theme of this year's event was Amethyst, and guests were encouraged to don purple gala attire. Proceeds went toward scholarships and community enhancement programs in Shelby Township.
The American Heart Association held the Go Red for Women Luncheon on Feb. 21. The 16th annual event took place at Little Caesars Arena, and featured WDIV Local 4 news anchor Kimberly Gill as the emcee and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as the keynote speaker. Go Red for Women aims to bring awareness to cardiovascular diseases. Proceeds from the event benefit the American Heart Association.
The Detroit Pistons held its annual team dinner on Feb. 21 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Attendees included the players, coaches, executives, sponsors, and charitable foundation partners. Student scholarship winners of the Rick Mahorn Black History Month Scholarship Competition attended as well, and the Detroit Youth Choir held a performance.
The Bates Street Society Dinner was held on Feb. 8. The event was hosted by The Community House Foundation Board of Directors, and honored members that have donated significant charitable contributions to support the work and mission of The Community House, a nonprofit in Birmingham that offers programs related to professional, philanthropic and recreational pursuits.
Empty Bowls Detroit and recording singer-songwriter Apropos hosted an Allee Willis Tribute Party on Feb. 9 at Eastern Market in Detroit. The event included a painting workshop, food, and entertainment. The event benefited Empty Bowls Detroit and its mission to support programs at Cass Community Social Services. All of the proceeds were dedicated In memory of Willis, a prolific songwriter and artist who passed away in November.
The charitable Crazy for a Cause event was held on Jan. 23 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy. Hosted by Saks and Yan International Chinese New Year, the event featured live art demonstration, a performance by Ballet Edge Detroit, Asian dragon and wooden dolls shows, and fashion makeover shows. The event partnered with Henry Ford Cancer Institute's Game on Cancer Campaign, and 10% of retail sales at Sakes were donated to the charitable cause.
The 2020 MotorCity Snowball was held on Jan. 25. at the Amnesia night club in MotorCity Casino and Hotel. Entertainment included a set by DJ Doug Roberts, a silent auction, and a midnight buffet. All of the proceeds from the event benefited the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit.
The Operation Give Charity Gala 2020 was held on Jan. 25 at Highlands Detroit. The event benefited the Warren E. Korneffel Neonatal Research Fund at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Entertainment was provided by Pannos and Mannos and Jared Sykes.
The Detroit Has Heart 2020 Fundraising Gala was held on Jan. 25 at Andiamo's in Detroit. The evening raised funds for Detroit Has Heart, a nonprofit that provides emergency relief to families dealing with loss, economic disparity, and trauma.
Wish Upon a Teen and Motor City Movement hosted the second annual The Runway of Hopes and Dreams Gala for pediatric cancer awareness on Jan. 10. Taking place at the Henry Ford Pistons Performance Center, pediatric cancer patients walked the runway with local celebrities. Proceeds benefitted the Wish Upon a Teen and Motor City Movement programs.
The Spirit of Giving Gala was held on Dec. 13 at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. The evening benefited Franklin Wright Settlements, a nonprofit that assists locals with basic life, family and social needs.
St. Joes held its 45th annual Holiday Ball on Dec. 7 at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center. The theme of the annual event was Imagine Neverland, and proceeds benefited proceeds supporting St. Joe's Family Birth Center Obstetric Triage and ER.
ACS Foundation hosted its 11th annual Acclaimed Holiday Schmooze Black and White Ball on Dec. 4 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Guests enjoyed a strolling dinner, an open bar, and dancing while raising funds for the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault.
The 35th Annual Detroit Aglow celebration for Detroit and the Downtown Detroit Partnership was held on Nov. 25. Guests filled MGM Grand to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner and live entertainment from Ben Sharkey. The evening raised funds to support the Downtown Detroit Partnership's initiatives and programs.
A Night to Honor Hope’s Heroes was held on Nov. 7 to raise funds for nonprofit organization Hope Network. Held at Ford Field in Detroit, the event included a VIP reception, a dinner, and strolling dessert as well as photo-ops with local mascots.
The Beaumont Health Autumn Gala was held on Nov. 9 at the MGM Grand in Detroit. The gala, which featured cocktails, a silent auction, and live music, benefitted the expansion of the Farmington Hills Beaumont Hospital campus.
The Detroit Institute of Arts 2019 Gala took place on Nov. 9. The gala was held as a benefit for the museum, and celebrated the opening of the "Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections" exhibit.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter hosted the 28th Annual National Philanthropy Day Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at The Henry in Dearborn. More than 640 guests enjoyed dinner, a program, and awards. // Photographs by Eli Green Photography LLC
Art 4 All was held on Nov. 8 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Hosted by the museum and local candle company DS12, the charity event featured work by twelve photographers and raised funds for youth art programs in the city.
The sixth annual Champs for Mott Culinary Gala took place on Nov. 9 to support the Ann Arbor-based C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Held at the Delta Airlines Hangar at Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, guests enjoyed an auction as well as array of cuisine prepared by chefs at restaurants like Antihero, Grey Ghost, Latido, and Le Bon Macaron.
The Hearts and Heroes Gala was held on Nov. 2 at the Roostertail in Detroit. The event featured a sit-down dinner, live entertainment, and an auction, and it benefited The Methodist Children’s Home Society, which provides treatment, care, and advocacy to families impacted by childhood trauma.
Hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Gala - 2019 Winter Ball was held on Nov. 2 at the Michigan First Conference Center in Lathrup Village. More than 600 technology influencers and community members enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a live auction, and casino games at the event, which aimed to celebrate and empower women in tech.
A benefit for The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson's was held on Oct. 30 at the Shinola Hotel in Detroit. Kirk Gibson, Jack White, and Alice Cooper all made a special appearance at the event, which featured a panel conversation moderated by WDET's Ann Delisi, an acoustic set by White, and a silent auction.
Metro Detroit charitable organization Fashion X Philanthropy hosted a fashion show and meet-and-greet with the designers behind Veronica Beard on Oct. 23. Held at Neiman Marcus in Troy, there was no cost to attend the event. However, 10% of shopping sales went toward the Empowerment Plan, a nonprofit in Detroit that constructs coats that turn into sleeping bags for the homeless.
The 61st Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner was held on Oct. 24 to support Guest House, the first treatment and recovery program for Catholic clergy. The evening was hosted by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, and began with a mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dearborn. This was followed by dinner and a reception at the Lovett Hall Ballroom at The Henry Ford.
The Michigan Opera Theatre opened it’s 2019-2020 season on Oct. 12 with a gala that featured a cocktail reception, dinner, and an afterglow party. The event also featured a performance by acclaimed American tenor Michael Fabiano, who was joined by principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre. Proceeds from the evening benefitted the theater.
Mother Honestly held its annual event Mother: The Summit on October 11 at the Garden Theater in Detroit. The Mother Honestly Summit provided women with a holistic view on how to approach their lives in motherhood through engaging keynotes, workshops and fireside chats with the brightest and most inspiring leaders of today.