Society: 2017 a year of dazzling fundraisers
There were hundreds of fabulous society parties in 2017. Here are some of the best:
The Gallery: Chef Wolfgang Puck personally prepared dinner for 500 guests at The Gallery at MGM Grand Detroit on Jan. 7. This party is a night of exclusive guests, fine food, and a $7 million collection of the most amazing automobiles the world has to offer from Aston Martin to Rolls-Royce.
Martell Cognac: “Be Curious:” This one wasn’t a fundraiser, but it was fabulously creative and fun. Held at Beautiful Bridal Salon, Martell Entertainment hosted an awesome party on April 27, featuring Martell Cognac served in a number of imaginatively tasty presentations.
Rainbow Cabaret: On April 28, the Rainbow Cabaret took place at SLC in Royal Oak to benefit the Ruth Ellis Center. This delightfully trashy bash featured drag queen performances, drag queen bingo, a cutting-edge fashion show from Dolce Moda, along with dancing, cocktails and food from award-winning Bistro 82.
Foundation Hotel Grand Opening: The Foundation Hotel, one of Detroit’s chicest new hotels, held a slamming grand opening party May 13 with several hundred well-dressed Detroiters enjoying a variety of bars and food stations on several floors throughout the posh new establishment.
Cars and Cigars: Hosted by Tom Celani and Dario Bergamo, benefitted the Celani Family Foundation and the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. This very cool annual event, held last year on June 8 at Freedom Hill, paired cars, Fuente cigars, Celani Family Vineyards wine and a live auction. Last year, the sold-out crowd raised over $1 million.
MOCAD, Interchange Art + Dinner Series: On July 27, JJ and Anthony Curis hosted a wonderful party in their beautiful home, the final event in the Fourth Annual Interchange Art + Dinner Series benefiting MOCAD. Kudos to Library Street Collective, Flowers of Vietnam for the spectacular dinner and Standby Detroit for the specialty cocktails.
Polish the Jewel Benefactor Party: Lear Corp. CEO Matt Simoncini knows how to throw a good party. On Sept. 28, along with his wife, Mona, Matt invited about 150 people to join him in a lavish tent set up at the Lear Innovation Center. Guests were treated to a gourmet strolling supper and entertainment by the Stylistics. The occasion was a celebration for the benefactors of the Polish the Jewel luncheon at the Belle Isle Conservancy.
CCS Wine Auction: Danialle Karmanos and her team of visionaries worked tirelessly creating the 36th Detroit International Wine Auction to benefit the College for Creative Studies on Oct. 21. Ranked as one of the top charity wine auctions in the country, last year’s theme was Old Hollywood Glam and was held at the transformed Downtown Boxing Gym. Karmanos and her husband, Peter Karmanos Jr., were event chairs.
DIA Gala: The Detroit Institute of Arts Gala on Nov. 11 was magical. With Frances Eisenberg, Nicole Eisenberg, Juliette Okotie Eboh, Brooke Fisher and Barbara Fisher at the helm as co-chairs, the event was masterfully designed by world-renowned event designer David Monn. The inspiration for this year’s gala was “Town Square.” Dinner seating set up salon style was dispersed throughout the art galleries. The annual fundraising gala raised $2 million.
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