The Italian-American Business Council of Michigan hosted its inaugural gathering, the Italian Leadership in Innovation Event, on June 27 at Butzel Long's offices in downtown in Detroit. Vincenzo Ilotte, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Torino, shared his chamber’s vision for the future and introduced the Vehicle and Transportation Technology Meetings, to be held in Torino, Italy.
On June 18, more than 100 people attended Unidos Ganamos at La Noria Bistro in southwest Detroit. The event, which included a cocktail reception, a strolling dinner, and networking, celebrated Hispanic leadership throughout the region.
The Michigan Chapter of the German American Chambers of Commerce of Midwest Inc. held its June networking event on June 14 at Atwater in the Park in Grosse Pointe Park. Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the North American International Auto Show, was the guest speaker for the evening.
The Southwest Detroit Business Association hosted its annual Community Investment Breakfast on June 21 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel Sound Board. The event’s keynote speaker was Dave Dubenksy, chairman and CEO of Ford Land. Individuals and organizations were honored for contributing to the economic vitality of the region.
The Detroit Bar Association welcomed its slate of 2018-19 officers on June 20 at the Detroit Club during its annual meeting. The new officers include President, Brian Summerfield of Kostopoulos Rodriguez; President-Elect, Joanne Geha Swanson of Kerr Russell; and Secretary/Treasurer, Daniel Shirey of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook.
This year’s Shimmer on the River, which centered around the theme “Here Comes the Sun,” took place on June 21 at the Detroit RiverFront. More than 200 guests enjoyed entertainment from BeatleMania Live!, retro-inspired drinks and fare from Detroit establishments, photo opportunities, and free, unlimited carnival games and rides. The fundraiser, in its eighth year, honored Matthew and Karen Cullen’s commitment to the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.
On June 18, more than 200 people attended the fifth annual Sushi, Salsa, and Soul, a collaboration of the Asian Pacific American Chamber, Michigan Hispanic Chamber, MMSDC, and the National Business League. The event, held at One Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit, included an awards presentation, a cocktail party, food stations, and networking.
JVS hosted its 21st Annual Strictly Business Networking and Awards Luncheon on June 14 at the MGM Grand Detroit for 700 business and community leaders. Mark Reuss, executive vice president of global product development, purchasing, and supply chain at Detroit's based General Motors Co., discussed the latest trends in the automotive industry. JVS works to help people meet life challenges affecting their self-sufficiency.
On June 19, Eddie V’s, an upscale seafood eatery and a sister company to The Capital Grille, held a one-year anniversary party. More than 120 guests enjoyed a wide selection of appetizers, cocktails, and a raffle for charity.
More than 300 vehicles were on display at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores for the 31st Annual Eyes on Design event on June 17. The show featured special exhibitions, along with classic and concept cars. Vehicles were exhibited on an invitation-only basis, and judging was facilitated by active and retired car designers from leading automotive and supplier companies.
More than 2,000 people attended the Ford Fireworks Party on June 25, hosted by The Parade Co. on the roof of a parking deck just west of the Renaissance Center. The evening included a buffet dinner, live entertainment, a children’s carnival, and one of North America’s largest pyrotechnic shows.
The annual Archbishop’s Gala was held at Detroit’s Cobo Center on June 15. More than 1,000 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, a plated dinner, entertainment from the seminary, and a raffle. The event supports the next generation of priests, deacons, and lay leaders at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.