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Loyola H.S. Tigers Fundraiser

There have been 21 Tigers tailgate fundraisers but none have concluded as exuberantly as the 15-to-5 Tigers win over the White Sox did. However, the big winners of the night were the scholarship students at the Jesuit school celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. The event, chaired by Crystal Davidson and Matt Shell, raised more than $200,000 for scholarships. That's because of the generous sponsors (see photo gallery) and the 800 school boosters ($150 ticket) assembled on the pavilion behind the Detroit Athletic Club for tailgate fare, a silent auction ($27,000) and a fun heads-and-tails raffle ($20,000) for which 20 young men of Loyola were selling tickets. Three generations of some families socialized around tables centered by a picture of the 31 LHS seniors, all of whom have been accepted to colleges. This is the seventh consecutive year the school can brag thusly about the success of its urban students. Many of them are the first in their families to head to college.

Belle Isle Conservancy PwC Grand Prixmiere

Michele and GM's Ken Morris chaired the 2017 PwC Grand Prixmiere presented by Chevrolet. For the fourth consecutive year, arriving guests (nearly 500 @ $600 ticket)) drove on the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Belle Isle race track to the Art of Racing celebration in a huge tent overlooking the flowing James Scott Memorial Fountain. Following cocktails and the seated dinner (entree duet of beef tenderloin and crab-stuffed jumbo shrimp) WJR's Paul W. Smith emceed the program and auction of seven unique items, including art by GM designer Matt Burke (see photo gallery). It raised more than $290,000. The generous guests also donated more than $29,000 to restoring the Belle Isle Aquarium tanks and reservoir system. This was doubled by Amy and conservancy board member Dan Loepp's impromptu pledge to match all donations. Thanks also to generous sponsors (see photo gallery), the annual gala raised more than $700,000 for projects and programs to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the structures and environment on Belle Isle.

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