The Rhonda Walker Foundation hosts the ninth annual Give and Get Fit health and fitness event starting at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 28, on the Detroit riverfront. Give and Get Fit brings together more than 500 health-conscious metro Detroiters for a fun-filled morning of exercise with your choice of a 5K/10K run/ walk or a fusion of three fitness classes. Enjoy amazing health fair exhibits with the latest in fitness, food, and wellness. All 5K/10K run/walk participants receive a performance shirt, medal, and gift bag. Proceeds benefit Rhonda Walker Foundation’s award-winning health and wellness youth programming through its five-year Girls into Women career, personal development, college prep and mentoring program for inner-city teen girls. Register today at RunSignUp.com/GiveAndGetFit.
The MI Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization, presents the 20th annual Lobsterfest starting at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at 47820 Seven Mile Rd. in Northville. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a fresh lobster, flown in from Maine just hours before the event; raffle; and silent auction. Reservations will be accepted through July 20. Tickets are $55 each and include dinner, drinks, live band, dancing, and a whole lot of fun! For more information, email MIHOPE74@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from Lobsterfest support Donate Life Coalition of Michigan, the Gary Sinise Foundation, and breast cancer research.
Celebrate Detroit and one of its most impactful nonprofits, Matrix Human Services, while enjoying one of the best views of the city’s iconic skyline! Matrix Human Services’ sixth annual event is taking place on Thursday, July 25, at 3Fifty Terrace in downtown Detroit. Those in attendance will enjoy heavy appetizers, a complimentary welcome drink (cash bar throughout the evening), entertainment, dancing, raffles, and much, much more! This signature event is one of the most fun ways that you can give back to the city. All of the proceeds of this sell-out event benefit The Matrix Center, a thriving community center that’s changing lives by educating children, tangibly supporting families, and rebuilding Detroit’s most impoverished neighborhoods. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.matrixhumanservices.org/313inthed/
The Parade Company is decking the Ovation’s hull with Christmas bling, and whipping up a strolling festive feast with merry cocktails, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, for the annual “Christmas in July” celebration. Get ready to mix, munch, mingle, and rock around the Christmas tree; Collision Six, one of Detroit’s favorite party bands, provides the musical backdrop for the occasion! A portion of the proceeds from every ticket purchased for this Summer Cruise Series event benefits The Parade Co.’s charity partner. You’ll be contributing much-needed funds to help preserve and restore the Big Heads, the world’s largest papier-mache head collection, housed right here in Detroit. In its historic 12th year, Big Heads Corps hosts events and activities throughout the year in metro Detroit and marches in America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp at The Port Authority Dock in downtown Detroit. Tickets are $105 per person and must be booked online at SummerCruiseSeries.com. For more information, call 586-778-9060.
Eat and drink your way through Taste Fest, presented by the Ascension St. John Foundation. The 2019 Taste Fest provides an opportunity for more than 600 guests to enjoy the samplings of local restaurants and food trucks at a new venue: Jimmy John’s Field! Each restaurant will highlight and showcase their culinary talents for the chance to win Best Entrée, Best Casual Entrée, Best Dessert, Best Food Truck, and Best Presentation. Proceeds will benefit the renovation and expansion of the Webber Cancer Center at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, which will update the chemotherapy hood to the most current standard, expand clinical space, and bring a new medical oncology practice into the center. To purchase tickets, visit stjohnprovidence.org/taste-fest or call 313-343-4530.
The Angels’ Place Annual Golf and Tennis Classic is quickly approaching! This signature, all-inclusive fundraiser, presented by Joliat Ventures, LLC and Medwest Associates, will take place on Monday, July 15th at Pine Lake Country Club. The Angels’ Place Annual Golf and Tennis Classic is one of the central reasons the philanthropic organization can continue to provide homes and services for persons with developmental disabilities. Angels’ Place has provided people-centered services, as well as homes and professional support for adults with developmental disabilities since 1992. This non-profit organization currently has twenty homes, servicing more than 150 individuals throughout southeast Michigan. For more information, visit www.angelsplace.com
Join the Michigan Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Kensington Metropark on Maple Beach for a free summer concert under the stars. Enjoy music from The Greatest Showman, Mary Poppins Returns, Titanic, and more as well as vocalist Taylor Haring. Bring a picnic and come early to enjoy all that the metro park has to offer, from hiking and biking to canoeing and kayaking. For more information, visit michiganphil.org.
Enjoy a summer weekend in Detroit’s 104-year-old Palmer Woods neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14. An evening preview soiree with live music, food, and libations will kick off the weekend at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at one of the neighborhood’s fabulous Tudors, a 6,300-square-foot home surrounded by a garden paradise—including a greenhouse, pools, fountains, raised garden beds, and more—designed by Deborah Silver of Detroit Garden Works. A shuttle will provide transportation to all the other homes and gardens throughout the evening, and soiree guests will have free entry to the Sunday tour the following day. On Sunday, we bring back the traditional tour with this one-day viewing of some of the most magnificent homes and gardens in the neighborhood. Palmer Woods is located just west of Woodward Avenue and north of Seven Mile Road in northwest Detroit. For more information, visit www.palmerwoods.org/home-and-garden-tour/
Join the LACASA Center and relax in lush surroundings as they host two of Livingston County’s most anticipated summer fundraising events. Garden Tour Weekend, set for Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, featuring nearly a dozen spectacular gardens. Explore the grounds of private homes and independent horticulturists from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Get inspiration for your own urban and suburban gardens. Drive on your own or take a bus tour. Join the scavenger hunt, enter the blooming raffle, and win great prizes! Twilight in the Garden is slated for 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Roam the grounds of the Triple Diamonds Alpaca Ranch in Howell. Sample wines from around the world, try local craft beers, nibble on gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and listen to live jazz. Shop the Twilight Treats market. Chill out at the cigar and spirits bar. Dance the night away for a good cause. Proceeds from these annual events benefit local victims of child abuse and interpersonal violence. For more information or to purchase tickets, call LACASA at 517-548-1350 or visit www.lacasacenter.org
Come out and celebrate the sixth annual Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market Festa Buon Appetito from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7, on the “piazza” at Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market in Shelby Township. The daylong family festivities are filled with a list of market-fresh, signature Italian street food specialties, from spiedini and arancini to panelle, pizza and pasta stations, and authentic house made gelato. Enjoy pop and classic live Italian favorites onstage from international father-daughter sensations Rennie and Esther Kaufmann. Prize drawings are held throughout the day. Kids will enjoy mascots Pinocchio and clowns and face-painting along with Kids’ Tent activities. See high-performance vehicles on display from Alfa Romeo and Fiat of Lakeside. Meet former NFL kicker Eddie Murray, who will be on hand to share information about Michigan’s Hope Network Center for Autism. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Hope Network Center for Autism and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (ALSAC). For more information, visit www.vinceandjoes.com
Kick off summer in style at the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s ninth annual “Shimmer on the River,” an exclusive preview to River Days. This year, West Grand Boulevard meets West Riverfront Park as we celebrate 60 years of the Motor City’s signature sound. On June 20, we’ll welcome Motown legends The Four Tops to the stage for an unforgettable live performance, and will treat guests to a food truck rally, live piano karaoke, games, refreshments, and all-ages activities. This year, we’re proud to recognize Nettie Seabrooks’ commitment to the revitalization of the Detroit Riverfront with the Shimmer Award. Join us at the VIP Reception to raise a glass to her unwavering support and toast the beginning of another great summer along the river. Visit Detroitriverfront.org/shimmer to purchase tickets and for more information.
The Stroll for Epilepsy takes place at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Detroit Zoo. It Is an inspirational morning walk that brings people together to raise vital funds needed to provide the necessary programs and services offered by the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. As the largest fundraiser of the year, this walk provides funding for everything the Foundation offers, such as our Here for You Helpline, our Learn and Share Conference Calls, Camp Discovery, school and workplace seizure recognition, and first-aid training, just to name a few. In addition, it’s a wonderful way to raise epilepsy awareness! One in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy over the course of their lifetime, and it is the goal of the Foundation to be there for everyone affected by epilepsy in the state of Michigan. To register, go to epilepsymichigan.org/stroll or call 1-800-377-6226.
Summer kicks into high gear from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, from aboard Ovation at Summer Cruise Series’ “Summerfest: Reggae on the River.” This event will stir guests’ souls with tropical cocktails and a Jamaican inspired, four-course strolling dinner. Amplifying the island-vibe experience with authentic reggae and contemporary island tunes by Roots Vibration, whose members hail from the Caribbean and the funky streets of Detroit. The event’s charity partner, Brain Injury Association of Michigan, a nonprofit dedicated to providing services and support for people with brain injuries and their families, also works to reduce the incidence and impact of brain injury through education, advocacy, support, treatment services, and research. A portion the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit BIAMI and its efforts. Additional donation at checkout will provide more support. Arrive at The Port Authority Dock in downtown Detroit at 6:30 p.m. sharp for this cruise. Tickets are priced at $105 per person and must be booked online at SummerCruiseSeries.com. For more information, call 586-778-9060.
The Garden Party Foundation celebrates its 11th annual charity event from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester. The event will raise money for Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute and other professional trade programs. The Garden Party will feature fare from close to 30 of Michigan’s best restaurants paired with 100 of the finest wines. Tickets cost $150 per person, with guests enjoying fine food and wine, classic cars, and live entertainment by Tosha Owens. The attire is garden party chic and ladies are requested to wear hats. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit thegardenpartymichigan.org.
Join the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) and event chairs Shannon and Terry Harvill for the spectacular, annual 21-and-older fundraising gala Sunset at the Zoo “Asian Forest,” 7-11 p.m. Friday, June 7. Sunset, presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, will provide a sensational evening complete with exquisite cuisine, delectable drinks, magnificent live entertainment, dancing under the stars, and “zoonique” prizes. This year’s event will support the major renovation and expansion of the tiger habitat, located in the Detroit Zoo’s Asian Forest. Once complete, the Devereaux Tiger Forest will be triple the size and feature many naturalistic elements important to these captivating felines. Have a roaring good time at the wildest event of the summer! Sunset at the Zoo is more than a great party. When you partner with us at Sunset, you are providing critical support for the DZS’s mission of “Celebrating and Saving Wildlife.” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit detroitzoo.org/sunset.
The Building Champions Gala is a powerful and heartwarming evening, including an excellent silent auction, and a delicious dinner. In one night, an incredible impact is made as guests come together to support the precious boys and girls of the state’s inner-cities. Supporting this event is an investment in the lives of thousands of children living in the underprivileged neighborhoods of Detroit and Pontiac. Tickets are priced at $100 each, and tables of eight can be purchased for $700. For more information or to register for this event, visit https://www.powercompanykidsclub.org/2019gala
Detroit’s socially innovative community & community hub, Femology HQ will host the historic and groundbreaking experience for current and aspiring Female Founders in partnership with the legendary Saks Fifth Avenue department store. The event will not only empower women, but it will inspire women to catapult and scale their entrepreneurial endeavors. Included in the programming will be an entrepreneurial panel series of women trailblazers, curated fashion showcase, and action focused networking. The event will honor and benefit one of Michigan’s most impactful organizations, Dress for Success. The event will host more than 200 attendees comprised of the Femology community, Saks V.I.P’s, social media influencers and more. Tickets are priced between $55 and $75.
The Great Big Auction is a signature fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit to support mentoring for at-risk youth on Thursday, June 6. This high-energy event draws a diverse crowd from across Metro Detroit and will include various raffles and an auction with once-in-a-lifetime trips and experiences. A new location for the event, Detroit Shipping Company, will put guests right in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown resurgence with complimentary valet parking right at the front door of this cool, hip event venue. Rick Hampson, president of Citizens Bank, will serve as the event chair; Maurielle Lue, Fox 2 News anchor, will emcee; and Chuck Bennett, Detroit News lifestyle columnist, named one of the country’s top event hosts, will serve as host. For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact email@example.com.
Join the Right to Life of Michigan as they host their fifth annual Min Sharetha Benefit Dinner. Hosted at the Shenandoah Country Club of West Bloomfield, Min Sharetha is an event in support of the Right to Life of Michigan’s prolife outreach efforts within the Chaldean community. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will once again be Fr. Bryan Kassa. This year’s special guest speaker is Pam Tebow, a prolife and women’s ministry speaker and mother of Tim Tebow, quarterback for the Florida Gators. Pam will be sharing her own prolife testimony. Those who would like to attend must register online by Thursday, May 23. For more information, visit https://www.rtl.org/events/minsharetha/
Presented by AIREA and Haworth, Beaumont Health’s Drive for Life Invitational on Monday, June 3, supports oncology patient programs and services at the Walter and Marilyn Wolpin Comprehensive Breast Care Center in Beaumont, Royal Oak and the Wilson Cancer Resource Center in Beaumont, Troy. 760 WJR News Talk Radio will broadcast live throughout the event. Beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m., golfers will enjoy playing on one of the two elegant and prestigious golf courses of Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills with golf tip highlights from pro-Rick Smith and elite academy instructor Bret Hartman. Networking breakfast, lunch, dinner, silent auction, and awards are all part of the event. Sponsorships are available and begin at $2,500. For Drive for Life Invitational event details and registration, visit Beaumont.org/giving/foundation-events.
This year marks the fourth annual Rent Party to support the new Lighthouse who serves the homeless and those living in poverty in Southeast Michigan. The Rent Party tradition dates back to the 1920s as they offered a creative solution to families facing eviction while also playing a major role in the development of jazz and blues music. Hosting this event, Lighthouse board member Paddy Lynch graciously opens his recently renovated home at the historic Stanley Kresge estate in the Arden Park-East Boston Edison Historic District of Detroit. The night will feature special pre-party Arden Park estate tours for sponsors, three stages of jazz with top local performers, a strolling dinner, and an open bar. To date, The Rent Party has raised $150,000 to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the region. For more information about tickets or sponsorship, visit www.therentparty.org
The Sheriff PAL (Police Athletic League) Program, founded by Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard is helping at-risk kids have fun, make new friends, learn new skills, stay healthy, stay focused, support one another, and become good citizens — all within a safe environment and a structure where law enforcement and community partners empower young people to reach their full potential through athletics, mentoring, and other enrichment programs. Please join us at the fourth annual Sheriff PALA Gala with Master of Ceremony Carolyn Clifford of Channel 7 on Friday, May 31 at The Treasury in Pontiac. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, live entertainment with FiftyAmpFuse, a silent auction, raffle, and prizes. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit sheriffpalagala.com.
Jewish Family Service is shining a light on mental health in the community at the agency’s Spotlight Event 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield. The evening will feature Liza Long, mental health advocate and author of The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness. After the Newtown school shooting in 2012, Long wondered if her son, who has bipolar disorder, was capable of committing a similar act in her blog post “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother.” The post went viral, leading to her appearance on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and many other outlets. Her book looks at how we address mental illness, especially in children. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit jfsspotlightevent.org or call 248-592-2339.
Join Hospice of Michigan from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at Shed 3 of Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market for Barley, BBQ and Beats, a unique celebration showcasing barbecue from leading pit masters and restaurants, handcrafted whiskey cocktails from select Michigan distilleries, and live music from hometown favorites. The evening’s program will be emceed by WDIV/Local 4’s Evrod Cassimy. Admission includes your choice of three barbecue servings and three whiskey cocktail tastings. Additional tokens will be available for purchase. Guests can pay tribute to their loved one by sharing a photo or memory in a specially designated area. Proceeds will support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Fund, which provides end-of-life care to patients regardless of age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. Advance tickets are $40, or $45 at the door. For more information or to tickets, visit hom.org/BBB2019.
Help celebrate 11 years of Gems of Detroit with a Cinco de Mayo-inspired fiesta on Friday, May 17, at Eastern Market, Shed 3. The participating restaurants include Takoi, Grey Ghost, Marrow, Parc, Rattlesnake Club, Slow’s, Mexican Town Bakery, Marrow, Detroit Beer Company, Supino Pizzeria, Auntie Nee’s Salsa, Beyond Juice, Punchbowl Social, and more. New this year is the Guardians of the Cristo Rey Mission Pre-Party, held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is reserved for VIP ticket holders. Guests will have the opportunity to support the continued mission of Detroit Cristo Rey High School through their first ever paddle raise. Tequila cocktails and Latin-inspired bites will be served. The main event will take place from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy food and drink from Detroit’s best restaurants, silent auction, raffles, and live musical entertainment from Miami Stars Band.
Haven’s sixth annual Blossom Gala will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Join Haven as they celebrate survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault blossoming into their purpose. The Oakland County nonprofit will host its largest fundraiser to continue providing free comprehensive services to anyone impacted by these injustices. Event highlights for the Haven Blossom Gala will be an evening that will include a seated dinner, themed cocktail bars, delicious desserts, live music, a floral photo wall, silent and live auctions, a vacation raffle, and more. Additionally, attendees will be inspired by remarks and personal stories from a survivor. To learn more about the Blossom Gala or to purchase tickets, please contact Jasmine Valentine at 248-322-3705 or visit haven-oakland.org/events/gala-event.
Join the Corktown Health Center from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, as they celebrate their 10th annual “Cheers to HELP” spring fundraiser. Guests will enjoy a strolling wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, delicious dessert, live entertainment, and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit programs and services at Health Emergency Lifeline Programs and Corktown Health Center. “Cheers to HELP” will take place at The Eastern in Detroit’s Eastern Market, located at 3434 Russell St., Ste. 501. Tickets can be purchased for $75 online at cheerstohelp2019.eventbrite.com or by calling 313- 832-3300 ext. 34.
Help grant wishes that transform the lives of Michigan children by joining Make-A-Wish Michigan for their 21st Annual Walk for Wishes – Southeast Michigan starting 9:00 a.m. at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Walk for Wishes celebrates the more than 9,500 Michigan wishes that have already been granted because of supporters at events like Walk for Wishes. This family-friendly event is powered by wish families, volunteers, corporate partners, donors, and friends. Register for free today and join thousands of supporters who are walking to help make life-changing wishes come true for children in our community. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, to register, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit WalkForWishesMI.org or call 800-622-9474.
Join Community Living Centers on May 3 at the Detroit Athletic Club for its milestone 42nd Annual Celebrity Chefs Dinner. Fifteen top chefs from metro Detroit will prepare and serve a five-course meal while guests and sponsors enjoy entertainment, a silent auction, and artwork inspired by our residents. CLC serves metro Detroit adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families with independent living support. CLC operates 11 group homes for adults and runs three independent programs, serving 105 individuals and providing safety, companionship, love, and support so they can thrive in their communities through employment, volunteering, social events, and more. Tickets are priced at $175; sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call Connor Osborn at 248-478-0870.