Big Shots, LITTLE STARS full of fun
In conjunction with the 2015 North American International Auto Show Charity Preview, the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation presented Big Shots, LITTLE STARS Friday night at MGM Grand Detroit. Nearly 400 people, dressed in glitzy black tie, shelled out $250 each in support of the event, which offered guests a plethora of activity.
A VIP pre-reception featuring sexy crooner Ben Sharkey set the mood, as guests enjoyed cocktails and passed lamb chops and shrimp shooters before leaving the site to attend the Charity Preview at Cobo Center. Shuttles ran from MGM Grand Detroit to Cobo and back continuously until 11 p.m.
When guests returned to MGM, they were greeted with comfy slippers, back and neck massages and a choice of two different types of party venues: a nightclub on one side and a pub on the other. The pub area featured Detroit-style deep dish pizza, potato pierogies, polish sausage and Faygo Ice Cream Sodas, with guests trying their luck at billiards and air hockey.
On the nightclub side, DJ Jared Sykes kicked out nonstop dance music accompanied by his awesome conga-playing skills. The fare in that room was a carving station with peppercorn crusted beef, a mashed potato bar and a customized stir-fry Wok station.
"In our theme, Big Shots, LITTLE STARS, our big shots are our donors and sponsors who make a difference to our Little Stars: the children we help to have more days to play, nights to dream and time to just be a kid," said Wendy Kemp, director of special events at Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation.
Guests also had a chance to see the Cadillac concept car, the Elmiraj, on display in the entrance to the party. This year's chairs were Joe and Cori Mullany, Ed Welburn and Jessie Beld Elliott, and Matt and Jodi Friedman.
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.