DEARBORN, Michigan — The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s popular Black Tie & Tails charity fundraising event returns on Friday, Oct. 24th. Festivities begin 7 p.m. at the historic Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. The 2014 theme is Passport to Paris: celebrating the countless adopted animal love stories that have been created in the organization’s twenty-year history.
Guests will be transported to Paris, the ultimate City of Love, starting with a French wine tasting hosted by Merchant’s Fine Wine. There will also be “passport stops” throughout the evening, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre adoption gallery.” And, of course, there will be flowing champagne and French-inspired entrees.
Since its inception, Black Tie has been an engaging community event that has attracted local celebrities, athletes, auto industry and business leaders, politicians and concerned citizens, gathering to help fund the Friends’ ongoing efforts to care for and find permanent homes for unwanted animals. More than $1 million has been raised since the start of Black Tie in 2001; this year’s target is to top $150,000.
The elegant evening for four-footed-friends is sponsored by Johnson Controls Vice President of Engineering MaryAnn Wright, and Bob Sayles. Special guests include honorary co-chairs Congressman John and Mrs. Debbie Dingell. And, new this year, WDVD FM 96.3 morning show talent Allyson Martinek from Blaine & Allyson in the Morning will emcee the event, including the exciting live auction.
A wide array of metro Detroit area businesses, artists, and private individuals donate auction items such as great tickets to sporting events, tours, dinner excursions, weekend getaways and luxury merchandise. Black Tie is also known for unique offerings, such as a meet-and-greet during a morning skate with Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels, and a hot-lap, test-drive experience at the Ford Motor Dearborn Development Center. Leading up to the evening, a host of the many auction items can be previewed online.
Tickets for Black Tie & Tails are $175 per person and are available online or by calling the Shelter.
Learn more about events, volunteering, donating or adoptable animals online. The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
For more information, contact Elaine Greene, Friends Executive Director, by email EGreene@DearbornAnimals.org or call at 313-943-2697