Society: CCS event ‘The Art of Wine’ raises $3M

Chuck Bennett
Special to The Detroit News

The College for Creative Studies continues to raise the bar on its annual Detroit International Wine Auction, “The Art of Wine.” This year, the popular gala took place Oct. 17 at the Coleman A. Young International Airport. More than 500 guests, decked out in fashionable “Mad Men”-themed black-tie attire, were treated to an evening filled with music, food, wine and art.

The evening started with a vintner’s reception and silent auction. At dinner, Forte Belanger served an impressive five-course meal with carefully selected wine pairings, such as the fourth course, a chili-espresso-rubbed grilled prime beef filet paired with a 2012 Stonestreet Estate Legacy Red Wine.

During the meal, a rousing live auction took place, bringing in astronomical numbers for the fundraiser. For instance, dinner for 10 at the home of General Motors President Daniel Ammann and his wife, Pernilla, sold twice for $100,000.

Jessie Elliott, left with GM design chief Ed Welburn.

Other highlights include a live performance from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and an after party presented by Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers. Tickets to the gala started at $1,000 per person, and the event raised a total of $3 million, the most in the event’s 34-year history.

The money raised will allow CCS to provide free art classes to more than 4,000 Detroit children this year, as well as support for financially deprived undergraduate students at CCS, considered one of the best design schools in the United States.

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