Karmanos Cancer Institute Dinner to Benefit Infusion Center Renovations


Proceeds from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 32nd Annual Dinner, to be held April 26 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, will support renovations of the institute’s infusion center, providing patients receiving chemotherapy treatment with a more private and comfortable environment.

“The center has an institutional feel to it, and we want to soften it up,” says Judy McKeith, Karmanos’ facility operations manager. “We would like to create a healing environment for the infusion center.”

The annual spring dinner — to feature a 1920s theme — is the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s longest standing fundraiser. Last year, the event raised more than $2.5 million to support cancer care and research, including a new clinical core laboratory.

This year, Pernilla Ammann, COO of Mother New York, and Dan Ammann, president of General Motors Co., will chair the event. Institute officials say the automaker and the General Motors Foundation have contributed nearly $7.3 million over the past 17 years to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The event will include a strolling cocktail reception, with entertainment provided by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, dinner, a brief program, and dancing. Other offerings include a raffle and a live auction featuring packages including the Billboard Music Awards and 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.

In addition, Chevrolet has donated the first retail production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 12. All proceeds will benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute. For more information, visit barrett-jackson.com.

Benefactor tickets for the dinner, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to midnight, are $750, and patron tickets are $525. For more information, or to reserve tickets, click here.