Sunday, January 16, 2005

Charity Preview Event a Hit

2005 Auto Show Charity Preview

Amongst 17,000 other people, I had the privilege of attending Michigan's largest fundraiser on Friday night - the North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview Event.

Decked out in tuxes and formal evening gowns, we drank champagne, strolled around Cobo Hall, and admired the auto industry's newest creations: the new 2006 Dodge Charger; the Honda Ridgeline - the Japanese automaker's first pickup; and, the Hummer H3 - a cheaper, smaller version of the original Hummer.

Although the cars were cool, the greatest thing about the event was that it met its goal: to raise money for local children's charities. According to this article in the Free Press' online edition, the Preview garnered over $7 million for the fifth straight year.

Here are the charities that benefitted from this year's affair:

Barat Child and Family Services
Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Oakland County
The Children's Center
Children's Homes of Judson Center
Children's Services of Northeast Guidance Center Assistance League
Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund
The Detroit Institute for Children
Detroit Police Athletic League
Easter Seals Michigan
March of Dimes