Society: Neiman Marcus hosts exclusive MOCAD fundraiser

Chuck Bennett

About 30 people were made to feel very special on Thursday, when Neiman Marcus closed its doors to the public to host a very chic dinner party to benefit MOCAD, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The first in MOCAD’s popular Interchange Art + Dinner Series, the summer fundraiser series is off to an exquisite start at Neiman Marcus.

Guests were directed up the escalator to the third floor, where beautifully dressed live mannequins struck poses on large pedestals. Wine, champagne, specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were just a taste of things to come. DJ Jared Sykes set the atmosphere with sexy dance music.

Merchandise was removed from a designer salon and replaced with a multitude of candles and a large stunningly decorated rectangular table, where guests were seated for a four-course, wine-paired meal. The main course was olive oil poached artic char, paired with Bouchard Aine & Fils Pinot Noir.

Neiman Marcus’ iconic fashion director and senior vice president of all its stores, Ken Downing, flew in to host the event. There were a few quick comments before dinner, as well as an announcement that Neiman Marcus has committed to a two-year partnership made to the Youth Arts Council at MOCAD. The company will donate $20,000 in support of the Youth Art programming.

Tickets to the event were $200 and will benefit MOCAD. The Interchange Art + Dinner Series includes Detroit’s most avid art collectors and supporters opening their homes for a range of exclusive evenings that will combine food, drink and art to create truly unique experiences.

Proceeds from the Interchange Art + Dinner Series will fund MOCAD’s commitment to the presentation of forward thinking art and cultural events. The next dinner will be at the home of Linda and Rob Powers on June 24. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at

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