Thursday, May 15, 2008

Preservation Wayne to announce new name, initiatives at annual fundraiser

Thanks to my friend Brad, who is a board member of Preservation Wayne, for passing along information on the organization's yearly fundraiser, which hits the Detroit Boat Club on Thursday, May 22.

I already have plans that evening and won't be able to attend, but thought some of you might want to know the nitty-gritty on the non-profit's annual membership event.Here it is, courtesy of Brad and Preservation Wayne:

Come to Detroit's historic Detroit Boat Club for a very exciting event. Preservation Wayne is kicking off a new wave of programming and community involvement starting with the unveiling of a new name. Our name change will reflect an even greater level of activity focused on the core of our region. This new energy will benefit all; a strong Detroit is required for a strong Metro Detroit. To reach this goal, Preservation Wayne will provide an enhanced level of tools to an empowered group of volunteers that will make preservation relevant and vital in today's economy, promoting walkable vibrant urban neighborhoods that all can enjoy.

The evening will feature an introduction to all the ways you can become a part of the solution. Meet our new board members, learn about our new staff and the rolls they will play in the community, see for yourself the many volunteer opportunities that exist and maybe come up with a new idea for what you can do to help preserve and build up Detroit's urban experience.

Located at the entrance to Belle Isle, the current Detroit Boat Club was opened in 1902 and is home to the country's oldest rowing club. The social club left the building in 1996, but the
Friends of Detroit Rowing have kept the building dry and secure, using it daily for training, practice and competition.
The event, which runs from 7 - 10 p.m. on May 22, will feature hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 for Preservation Wayne members and $45 for non-members, and may be purchased here. For pictures from the 2007 annual membership event, click here. Visit Preservation Wayne on the Web for more information.

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