Party in Motion
Cowboys aren't known for sitting around, and the American Cancer Society’s annual Cattle Baron’s Ball aims to keep its attendees on its feet.
The ball, held Sept. 24 at Cobo Center, drew 700 attendees and raised $1 million to support the society’s mission. It featured a strolling supper with local celebrity chefs making their signature item; a live auction; and entertainment. The event, though open to the public, is primarily a corporate fundraiser that draws its support from sponsorships.
Meeting Professionals International, the official sponsor of Smart Monday, has added five new programs to the inaugural day of IMEX America.
Paws for a Break
MPI is teaming up with Love Dog Adventures—a Las Vegas animal-assisted therapy program. Designed as a stress-reducing activity, several dogs will be present during Smart Monday for attendees to cuddle with. These puppy sessions are quickly becoming a hot new trend and have been featured in a number of World Education Congresses. Puppy Cuddling is sponsored by Visit Norfolk.
The best fundraising events connect an organization’s supporters with its mission in an authentically moving way. For 826michigan, that meant an intimate dinner in a historically signifi cant building in Detroit.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Ain’t no party like an event-industry party.
The Michigan Event Professional Industry Class (EPIC) Awards were held April 6 at MotorCity Casino’s Sound Board. This was the fourth year I’ve attended this event. It’s always a great night, but this year seemed especially successful.
Q&A With Event Director Jaime McAuley
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is Michigan’s biggest and arguably most important annual event. And while it’ll be hard to beat last year’s show—which saw the unveiling of both the new Cobo Center and the new Ford F-150 truck, and brought in 800,000 members of the public— this year has some exciting things in store, too.
The votes are in! We have our Readers’ Choice Award winners.
Of course, I can’t tell you who they are just yet. We like to unveil that news in style at our annual awards party. But I can tell you that the winners this year can be extra-proud, because the contest was our toughest one yet.
Fully 4,500 people voted in this year’s awards. That’s a 50 percent jump over last year, which was itself a record-setting year. From the MiM+E perspective, it’s gratifying to see our reach grow. But it’s also exciting to see our industry so engaged with a statewide industry effort.
The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted its 21st Annual Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) Awards on Sept. 23 at the Detroit Opera House.
As we’ve recently been reminded in Detroit, hospitality is vitally important. Attendees at both the massive ELCA Youth Gathering and American Society of Association Executives conferences left raving about how they were treated during their visit. Those sorts of reviews go a long way toward ensuring that tourism and the meetings and events industry in Detroit and the state of Michigan continue to rebound.