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There are a variety of ways to get involved with helping others. One way to contribute is to attend a local fundraising or charity event held in Metro Detroit. Everything from music and the arts to those facing adversity can benefit with additional funding necessary to operate programs and keep institutions open. Whether an active participant in a walk for donations or bidding in a silent art auction, check out the list below to find a charity event that you feel passionate about.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Gala Dinner
Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 576-5111

Date: June 14, 2014

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will feature a special guest performance by two renown talents – Oscar-winning composer John Williams and the legendary director of such films as “Saving Private Ryan,” “E.T.” and “Schindler’s List,” Steven Spielberg. The two hosts will share the stage in this fundraising event to benefit the DSO. Williams will conduct the orchestra through some of his most celebrated works, while Spielberg will host the event for the second half of the evening. The internationally acclaimed orchestra has performed alongside the best musicians around the globe and talented musicians from Detroit. Celebrate the arts in Detroit by attending this star-studded event which includes a dinner, dancing and the concert. Two local inspirations will be honored at the event, Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen, both of Rock Ventures, a Detroit-based corporation. Tickets for this event may be purchased here.

Summer Stroll for Epilepsy
Epilepsy Foundation
Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-5717

Date: June 28, 2014

The Summer Stroll for Epilepsy is a registered walk that benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. The Epilepsy Foundation is an organization that works to develop opportunities for those who have seizures. It is able to provide services to educate and support those with epilepsy. The walking event is held at the Detroit Zoo and is a way the organization collects funding to distribute for programs. The registration fee includes fun activities for all ages, like face painting, music and a special breakfast. Zoo admission is included for all participants. Please register for the Summer Stroll here or call the Epilepsy Foundation at (248) 351-7979.

Detroit Soup
2900 E. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202

Date: Ongoing

Gather some friends and grab a seat at the table to sit down and enjoy a bowl of Detroit Soup. This event takes place at a different location each time, and is a great way to fund creative projects around town. An ongoing community fundraising event, each dinner is unique, but all feature a dinner shared among attendees, a presentation of the various projects being produced and the opportunity to cast a vote for the enterprise you find the most compelling. At the end of the evening, the night’s proceeds will go to the project that received the most votes. Check out the schedule as events are held almost every week.

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Easter Seals Michigan – Walk With Me Detroit
Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 475-6412

Date: Aug. 3, 2014

Walk With Me Detroit is an one-mile fun walk to benefit Easter Seals. Held at the Detroit Zoo, the entire family can participate in this worthwhile activity. Funds will be be used for those with disabilities, mental illness and other special needs, helping individuals to become active participants in the community. Last year’s event drew 23,000 attendees who raised over $50,000. Become part of something that matters by signing up here.

Fall Gala & Art Auction
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-6622

Date: Oct. 10, 2014

MOCA’s largest annual fundraiser, the Fall Gala in October, will feature a night that will tantalize your senses with music, visual art and delicious food and cocktails. Some of the great artists that will be featured are John Baldessari, McArthur Binion, Beverly Fishman, Rodney Graham, Rob Pruitt and many more. Guests will enjoy cuisine prepared by Social’s Zack Sklar and unique cocktails crafted by Sugar House. Make sure you don’t leave early or you’ll miss out on the best part of the night. This year’s Afterglow event, “It Might Get Loud,” will feature a rare set by Michigan native and world renown DJ JTC. The Gala contributes a significant amount to the museum’s budget. Attending the festivities is a great way to support the arts in the area. Tickets may be purchased here. Be sure to check out the springtime fundraising event, Interchange, which also brings out some of Detroit’s finest.

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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.