Society: ‘Ort and the City’ showcases CCS students

Chuck Bennett

For the second-year running, supporters of ORT presented “Ort and the City,” a celebration of art, fashion and Detroit. Held in Shed 5 at Eastern Market on Thursday, some 500 people gathered for a joyous evening of cocktails, strolling dinner and an over-the-top silent auction.

“We did this great collaboration with College for Creative Studies,” says Nicole Eisenberg, who co-chaired the event with Cathy Forbes and Jessica Kwartowitz. “The students showcased their work with pieces they chose from the Somerset Collection, and made into livable, wearable art.”

The purpose of the event, which was presented by Somerset Collection and underwritten by Kenwal, is to raise money for ORT and its mission is to provide students from the most impoverished communities with the highest level of education and the skills needed to escape poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Top-of-the-line exotic cars decorated the venue, thanks to Suburban Collection in Troy. The evening’s fun fare was provided by food trucks from Bigalora Pizza, El Guapo and Pita Post. Plum Market added passed hors d’oeuvres to that, along with dessert tables from the Donut Bar and Yo Fresh Yogurt. All alcoholic beverages were donated by Tito’s.

When it came time for speeches, Detroit Country Day School Conservatory Theater student Noah Eisenberg broke into song from the popular musical “Hamilton” to quiet the crowd. Tickets to the event were $100, and each guest left with a gift from b.may bags, courtesy of Barbara May.

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