Ford Sponsors Fundraiser for The Parade Company


DETROIT — More than 2,000 guests will come together for the 24th Annual Hob Nobble Gobble, a black- tie fundraising event sponsored by Ford Motor Company. The benefit will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 at Ford Field. The Parade Comp. is a non-profit that creates and produces the 87th America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

“Hob Nobble Gobble is an incredible night in Detroit and we are extremely grateful for all of our supporters and the generosity of Ford Motor Company as our presenting sponsor to help make this fundraiser possible,” said Tony Michaels, president & CEO of The Parade Company. “We are thankful for our many amazing sponsors and partners that continue to make America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van one of the greatest parades in the country.”

“Ford Motor Company is deeply committed to Detroit and to the hundreds of thousands of families that come together for the parade,” said  Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Support of Hob Nobble Gobble by Ford and many others helps strengthen this treasured tradition in our community.”

Courtesy of CBS Radio’s 98.7 AMP Radio, the night will shine with headline entertainment from Jason Derulo, singer, songwriter, dancer and actor who just released his third album Tattoos in September including his hit single “Marry Me.” He burst into the music scene in 2009, selling over 14 million tracks. His Top 10 Hit Singles include: “Watcha Say,” “In My Head,” “Ridin’ Solo,” “Don’t Wanna Go Home” and “It Girl.”  He is a five-time winner at the BMI Pop Awards and was honored as “Songwriter of the Year” in 2011.

The fundraiser will also include performances by Kenichi Ebina, Coco Jones, Mike Posner, and Melissa Fleis.

The event will also feature fabulous food, rides and live entertainment from end zone to end zone for both kids and adults alike. Watch in awe as John Cassidy, Guinness World Records holder, creates balloon magic. Join in the famous Parade of stars featuring dancing elves, thunderous sounds of the marching band and Santa Claus. Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Paul W. Smith from News/Talk 760 WJR.

WDIV-TV Local 4 will air a live, primetime Hob Nobble Gobble special from 8 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

For more than two decades, Hob Nobble Gobble presented by Ford Motor Company has helped to raise funds for The Parade Company to produce America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van. Tickets are limited and are on sale now. Prices range from $350 – $1,000, with $200 ticket for children six and under. To purchase tickets or for more information visit or call 313-923-7400.

Themed “Downtown Our Town,” America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van will step-off at its new location this year at Woodward and Kirby, adjacent to the Detroit Institute of Arts and march nearly three miles down Woodward Avenue past notable Detroit landmarks including Detroit Public Library, the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, Grand Circus Park and, Campus Martius.