Red Wood Grill Events and Catering chef Jerry Girtman cooks jumbo chicken legs, pork, brats, and burgers at Ford Arts, Beats & Eats. The event raised almost $387,000 for charity. (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)
Ford Arts, Beats & Eats raised a record-breaking sum from gate admission, beverage proceeds and other fundraising initiatives at this year’s festival, organizers announced this week. The Royal Oak-based event raised $386,820.54 that will benefit more than 60 charities and cultural organizations.
A food drive in conjunction with FirstMerit Bank also collected more than 5,400 pounds of food for Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
Organizers said more than 350,000 people visited Arts, Beats & Eats over the four-day Labor Day weekend. Some of the groups that will benefit from admission fees include American Red Cross, several children’s foundations and autism charities.