Society: CCS wine auction benefits youth art programs, scholarships

Chuck Bennett
Special to The Detroit News
Craig Hall, from left, Rick Rogers, Dave and Peggy Meador

Once again, "The Art of Wine," benefiting student scholarships and free art programs for Detroit youth, was a huge success. On Oct. 13, the College for Creative Studies hosted its 37th Detroit International Wine Auction with more than 400 people in attendance. The black-tie gala took place at Beacon Park in downtown Detroit with Craig Hall from Hall Wines as the featured vintner.

Rick and Mindy Lopus, from left, and Vivian Pickard and Don Manvel

Peggy and Dave Meador, vice chairman and chief administrative officer of DTE Energy, chaired the event, showcasing a spectacular light show by Mindfield projected onto the adjacent G.A.R. Building. Forte Belanger, always on point, served up an impressive five-course meal beautifully paired with an assortment of wines from Hall Wines.

The evening started with a private VIP vintner’s reception presenting a first glimpse of silent and art auction items, along with the best wine and hors d’oeuvres. During the plated dinner, guests participated in a spirited live auction featuring an array of exclusive wines, travel and luxury lots. Hall Wines donated a grand lot that sold for $30,000.

Syd and Elizabeth Ross, from left, Craig Hall and Jim Nicholson

Arietta Winery donated a 24-Magnum specially labeled tribute to CCS President Rick Rogers, who is retiring in June 2019 after 25 years at CCS. After the dinner and live auction, the evening continued for late-night revelers who enjoyed music, dancing, cocktails and late-night snacks.

Sponsors of the event were Lear, Cadillac and DTE Energy. Tickets were $1,500 general admission and $2,500 VIP. $2 million was raised. CCS awarded $18 million in financial aid for the 2018-19 year.

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Tom Thornton, from left, Brenda Mixson, Rick Rogers, Liz Hardy and Tom Kienbaum