Detroit Country Day School hosted a Vivid Occasion at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham to raise money for the school’s renovation project. Guests enjoyed a strolling dinner, silent action, dancing, desserts, live music, and cocktails. Attendees included members of the school’s board of trustees.
Butzel Long, a law firm in downtown Detroit, held a reception at its office on April 11 in tandem with SAE World Congress 2018 at Cobo Center. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, a strolling dinner, and remarks from newly appointed Consul General of Mexico Fernando Gonzalez Saiffe.
On April 14, the United Way of Southeastern Michigan hosted its 101st Anniversary Gala, Celebrating the Power of One at Detroit City Airport. More than 500 guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, original artwork, a live auction, and a performance by British singer-songwriter and multi-Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae.
The 30th annual Fair Lane Dinner Dance was held at the Dearborn Inn on April 13, where close to 400 guests were treated to a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, a special appearance by Henry and Clara Ford (actors), and an afterglow. The formal event helped raise funds for the restoration of the Fair Lane Estate, which the Fords built in 1915.
More than 30 performers were announced Wednesday, April 11 at a luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club for this summer’s Detroit Jazz Festival, which will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in downtown Detroit. The luncheon featured performances by Chick Corea, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Esperanza Spalding. They will also perform at the festival.
On April 10, the Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter held its 11th annual M&A All-Star Awards Ceremony, honoring 2017 activity. More than 300 guests gathered at the Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham for the awards ceremony, a strolling dinner, a cocktail hour, and networking.
On April 5, Jack and Annette Aronson held a grand opening celebration for the Great Lakes HPP Innovation Center in Taylor. More than 200 people toured the facility and saw a demonstration of one of the largest-capacity high-pressure processing machines in the world, which eliminates molds, yeast, germs, and other contaminants in fresh food.
DBusiness hosted its second breakfast of the 2018 DBusiness Breakfast Series on April 3 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. Robert Forsythe, dean of the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University in Detroit, gave the keynote address about the new business school that is set to open this summer. The event also featured members of the magazine’s Century Club, or businesses and organizations 100 years old and older.
Alternatives For Girls hosted its 2018 Role Model Dinner on March 28 at Cobo Center. The evening featured a reception, silent and live auctions, and dinner. Role Model Awards were presented to Alicia Boler Davis, executive vice president of global manufacturing at General Motors Co.; Deborah LaBelle, partner at the Law Offices of Deborah LaBelle; and Monica Martinez, senior vice president of external affairs, Michigan, and national director of Hispanic business development at Comerica Bank. Rhonda Walker of WDIV-Local 4 News was the emcee. Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women.
On Thursday, March 29, despite the postponement of Opening Day due to inclement weather, thousands of fans came downtown to show their support for the Detroit Tigers. The celebrations included Motor City Professionals, UHY Advisors, Young and Associates, Comerica Bank, and Bedrock Detroit.
The Michigan chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association held its Membership Social on March 27 at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights. Guests enjoyed a strolling buffet with heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, live music, and guest speakers from the local defense community. More than 200 modern and vintage automobiles were on display.
The ninth annual MVP Award Celebration honored some of Detroit PAL's most valuable players from last year in the organization's new banquet facility on March 23. A parade, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Corner Ballpark, and youth and high school baseball games were open to the public on March 24 as part of the grand opening celebration. Detroit PAL is a nonprofit organization that reaches 13,000 children each year through athletic, academic, and leadership development programs.