She’s a glamorous Swedish television star and recording artist. He’s a celebrated hockey sensation. On Friday, Emma Andersson Zetterberg (the all-star winner of Sweden’s version of “Survivor”) and husband Henrik Zetterberg (captain of the Detroit Red Wings) hosted the inaugural Zetterberg Foundation Charity Event.
About 200 guests shelled out $500 (VIP) and $250 (general admission) to support the foundation’s mission and to enjoy cocktails, a spectacular strolling dinner, an over-the-top live auction and first-rate entertainment. Held at the Tre Monti Ristorante in Troy, partygoers were treated to a variety of the restaurant’s specialties, including Wagyu beef tenderloin, frutti di mare alla griglia (char-grilled seafood), veal piccata and wild-caught, char-grilled Tasmanian salmon.
The entertainment that rocked the house — We Are, featuring Jenny Velvet — flew in specifically to perform at the event. One of the biggest highlights was the live auction, which raised over $100,000. Dave Santia’s speed-painted portrait of Henrik sold for $16,500; a dream trip to Barbados sold for $13,500; and an ultimate road trip with the Red Wings on the team plane also sold for $13,500.
“We are so excited and honored by the strong support shown to the Zetterberg Foundation this evening,” said Stephan Huber, the foundation’s managing director, who coordinated the party. “We raised $175,000, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the causes that Zetterberg Foundation supports.”
Several Red Wings and their wives attended, including Pavel Datsyuk, Gustov Nyquist, Johan and Cissi Franzen, Jimmy and Rachel Howard, and Niklas Kronwall.
The Zetterbergs — Emma in a stunning black-and-white embroidered Tadashi Shoji gown; Henrik totally dapper in head-to-toe Ralph Lauren Black Label — walked the room to personally spend time with each guest
The Zetterberg Foundation was established last year by the couple to give back to the city of Detroit and the charitable causes they believe in globally, involving children, education and health care.
Chuck Bennett is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador and the creator of the Social D, a website that represents the social side of Metro Detroit. See thesociald.com.