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Society: Hob Nobble Gobble delights and entertains

Chuck Bennett

It seems that the folks at the Parade Company fruitfully abide by the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” when it comes to planning its popular Hob Nobble Gobble fundraiser.

Save a few venue changes during the past few decades — Cobo Center, the State Fairgrounds, and now Ford Field — the formula of the magical experience remains the same. And it’s no wonder, because the event is a successful, happy holiday party that is the yearly favorite of many seasoned partygoers, children and philanthropists.

On Friday, some 2,000 distinguished guests enjoyed this year’s star-studded, black-tie evening presented by Ford Motor Co. This premier fundraising event celebrated 89 years of parade magic in Detroit to benefit the Parade Company, which creates and produces America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

From the moment guests stepped from their cars, the fantasy began as they were greeted by real tin soldiers, dancing clowns and lively parade characters. The event featured a carnival midway with amusement park rides and games, cuisine provided by Levy Catering and live entertainment from Ford Field’s end zone to end zone for kids and adults.

This year’s headline entertainment included singer, songwriter, actress and rapper Becky G., with a special guest performance by rapper/actor Tone Loc. Both participated in a meet-and-greet reception before the event, along with U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team member Ali Krieger.

Attendees also enjoyed special performances by the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Choir, Fifty Amp Fuse, the famous Parade of Stars featuring the All City Marching Band and, of course, one of the biggest hits of the night, Santa Claus himself. Master of ceremonies was Paul W. Smith of WJR-AM (News/Talk 760).

Hob Nobble Gobble ticket prices ranged from $350-$1,000, with $200 ticket for children 6 and younger.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of the Social D. See