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Auto Show Charity Preview 2017

After a week of media and industry days, the 2017 North American International Auto Show at Detroit's Cobo Center kicked off for the public with the annual Charity Preview, affectionately known as Car Prom. Guests were treated to food, beverages, and entertainment as they toured the cars in style, raising $5.2 million for children's charities throughout Detroit, making it the largest single-night fundraiser worldwide.

Toast of Hockeytown 2016

The Detroit Red Wings Foundation, which supports the growth of hockey in metro Detroit, held its Toast of Hockeytown event Nov. 16 at Joe Louis Arena. The event drew more than 1,000 people.

Kidney Ball 2016

More than 800 people attended the Kidney Ball on December 3, 2016 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. The event, hosted by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, included a sit-down dinner, a silent and live auction, and dancing.

Churchill’s Bistro and Cigar Bar Grand Opening

Churchill's Bistro and Cigar Bar held a grand opening event on Nov. 17 at its new location in Grosse Pointe Woods. The two-story restaurant offers a full menu, a wide range of cigars, accessories like lighters and cigar cutters, as well as a 280-square-foot walk-in humidor.

Karmanos 23rd Annual Partners Night

Held at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit on Oct. 22, 450 guests attended this year's Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute annual Partners Night. The gala event featured a strolling cocktail reception and dinner, raffle, live entertainment, and a fashion show presented by Linda Dresner, owner of Birmingham-based Linda Dresner Inc.

Detroit Uncorked 2016

The 12th annual Detroit Uncorked was held on Oct. 14 at Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit. The wine tasting event featured more than 250 wines, Michigan handcrafted beers, and premium spirits. The Detroit Wine Organization’s 2016 Winery of the Year Award was also presented.

DHDC 19th Annual Dream Makers Gala

The Detroit Hispanic Development Corp. held its 19th Annual Dream Makers Gala on Oct. 13 at Motor City Casino's Sound Board in Detroit. The theme for this year's gala was Unlocking Dreams – Building Futures.

2016 Big Wine Classic

The 2016 Big Wine Classic was held on Aug. 29 at the Birmingham Country Club. The annual golf and wine charity event raised funds for a four-year full-ride scholarship for a deserving young person.

Fash Bash 2016 at the DIA

The Founders Junior Council held its signature fundraising event, Fash Bash, for the Detroit Institute of Arts on Aug.11. Proceeds from the event, which featured a fashion show by Neiman Marcus and an afterglow party, benefitted the museum’s endowment campaign.

2016 Motown Garden Party

More than 150 people attended this year's Motown and Wine in the Garden Celebration at the Ronald McDonald House at the Detroit Medical Center. The fundraiser for the house, featured food, beverages, and 1960s music provided by DJ Jamez-Cloud9.