Garden Party Foundation Raises $1M for Trade Schools


Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute and Macomb Community College Applied Technologies Programs were awarded $70,000 each as part of the Garden Party Foundation’s mission to support students attending local trade schools through scholarships. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than  $1 million for local charities and trade schools.

“The Garden Party is a terrific opportunity to help underprivileged young adults take advantage of opportunities within trade schools,” says Sydney L. Ross, founder of The Garden Party Foundation and owner of Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, based in Highland Park.

OCC’s Culinary Studies Institute provides students with hands-on experiences in among the largest facilities of its type, with quality instruction by award-winning faculty.

The Applied Technology area at Macomb Community College provides in-depth and in-demand educational programs for putting skilled graduates to work in careers that power manufacturing, automotive, and construction industries.