Detroit Aglow: DDP’s Annual Fundraiser

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Detroit Aglow, the Downtown Detroit Partnership’s preeminent fundraising and networking event, once again kicked off the holiday season on November 21 at MGM Grand Detroit. Attracting over 550 thought leaders and change-makers from the public, private and philanthropic sectors, this annual celebration has been a cherished tradition for 38 years.

Together with the preceding Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony, DDP elevates, celebrates and showcases the best of Detroit every November. 

Detroit Police Chief James White; DDP Chair, Cindy Pasky; and DDP CEO Eric Larson each welcomed the crowd and thanked guests for their support and commitment to the city and the DDP’s efforts to continuously grow Downtown Detroit as a top-tier place to live, work and play. Downtown Detroit Partnership Executive Committee Member Bishop Edgar Vann, II of Second Ebenezer Church provided the invocation.

“The value and benefit of sponsoring Detroit Aglow is unparalleled to any other event of its kind,” said Brianna Ellison, Verizon’s director of community engagement.

Each guest received a limited-edition DDP 100th Anniversary Commemorative Ornament made in collaboration with Rebel Nell, a Detroit-based, woman-owned small business dedicated to uplifting and providing underserved women a route to self-sufficiency and equitable opportunity. This video expounds upon the story of the ornament’s creation and the impact of this significant partnership.

This year also brought a large contingency of public officials from Detroit and throughout the region: Detroit City Council President Mary Sheffield; Council Members Fred Durhal, Latisha Johnson, Gabriela Santiago-Romero, Mary Waters and Coleman A. Young II; Wayne County Executive Warren Evans; Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington; State Senator Roger Victory; State Representative Ty Carter; and Congresswomen Debbie Dingell and Brenda Lawrence.

Funds raised from Detroit Aglow contribute to the ongoing improvements of helping to grow Downtown Detroit as a safe, vibrant and welcoming environment for all to enjoy.

This year’s Aglow sponsors included: Strategic Staffing Solutions, MGM Grand Detroit, DTE Energy Foundation, Verizon, Gardner White and Wana Brands Foundation.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership’s Annual Meeting returns to its first in-person format since 2020 on Friday, February 10, 2023 at Huntington Place. Register or learn more.

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