DETROIT — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s third annual Heroes Gala on June 15 was among the institution’s most successful fundraisers of all time, bringing in more than $700,000. Only The Max M. Fisher Music Center Opening Gala and Music Director Emeritus Neeme JÓ“rvi’s retirement celebration raised more.
The concert and gala, honoring DSO Board Member and long-time Detroit philanthropist Barbara Van Dusen, welcomed about 1,250 guests. Speakers included Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour; Mariam Noland, President of the Community Foundation for southeast Michigan; and DSO Chairmen Phillip Fisher and Emeritus Peter Cummings.
The DSO founded the Heroes Gala in honor of the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the organization. Previous honorees are Jim Nicholson, President and CEO of PVS Chemicals Inc.; and Lloyd Reuss, former President of the General Motors Corp.
Following the concert, repertoire for which was chosen by Van Dusen, guests enjoyed dinner in The Music Box and swing dancing in the Atrium.