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.
On Oct. 19, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan hosted its Everybody vs Parkinson’s Gala at Soundboard at MotorCity Casino Hotel. The evening event, which featured a live auction, dancing, cocktails, and a strolling dinner, benefited Kirk Gibson's Foundation for Parkinson’s and Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation.
The Macomb Community College Foundation held its sixth annual Comedy and Cocktails event on Oct. 18. at the college's Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township. Guests enjoyed a standup comedy show from "Whose Line is it Anyway?" stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood. Proceeds from the event want toward the college's arts and cultural programs.
The Beaumont Health Foundation held its Wine for the Spirit event on Sept. 28 at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The cocktail event raised funds for the foundation and featured a wine tasting, a silent auction, and music from the Ben Sharkey Band.
On Friday, September 6th, Metro-Detroiters joined Hour Detroit and Detroit Home magazines for the fourth annual Downtown Living Tour. Eager tour goers enjoyed a private luxury motor coach tour showcasing Jeffersonian Houze, Philip Houze, Saint Charles Collection, The Assembly, The Stott, 104 Edmund Place, and Spinnaker Tower at Harbortown.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit hosted its 13th Annual Gala and Benefit Auction on Oct. 11. The electric fantasy-themed event, which raised funds for the museum’s Department of Education and Public Programs and Exhibitions Department, included dinner from Bacco, molecular cocktails, a silent art auction, and entertainment by Claude Young.
St. Mary Mercy of Livonia celebrated its 27th anniversary with its annual gala on Oct. 11. Held at Laurel Manor Banquet & Conference Center in Livonia. the event aimed to raise $300,000 to support the Felician Sisters of North America’s Mission in Haiti. The evening featured a VIP reception, seated dinner, and an afterglow party.
Celebrating 35 years of Michigan-based wish granting, Make-a-Wish Michigan hosted its annual Wish Ball on Oct. 12 at the Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center. The black-tie event featured entertainment by the Bluewater Kings Band, and proceeds went toward the nonprofit, which plans to grant over 400 wishes for children with critical illnesses in the following years.