On Friday, October 12, 2012, The Reserve was altered into a world reminiscent of the streets of New Orleans. With beaded guests, masked attendees, succulent NOLA fare and sleek décor, Metro Detroiters traveled a short distance to partake in this uniquely extravagant experience hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD)! The Big Event: Big Easy Style, an inaugural signature fundraiser for the Metro Detroit affiliate of the nation’s largest volunteer and donor supported youth mentoring program, raised over $60,000 to support the expansion of its professionally-supported programs used to positively impact the lives of local youth and served as a means to heighten organizational awareness.

The event was a BIG success as nearly 200 Bigs (mentors) and supporters consorted and danced to the captivating music of Detroit’s own HotSauce and the KDJ Jazz Trio, a phenomenal Detroit-based youth jazz trio. Guests had the opportunity to bid on valuable auction items and have their cocktail of choice served by celebrity bartenders who graciously volunteered their time to support the
BBBSMD mission. Featured celebrity bartenders included City of Detroit, First Lady, Yvette Bing, Al Allen, Amy Andrews and Anqunette Jamison of Fox 2 News, Diana Lewis of WXYZ Channel 7, Rochelle Riley, Renowned Columnist and Writer, Keith Washington of 105.9 Kiss-FM, Craig Fahle from WDET 101.9, John Mason of AM 1200-WCHB and Detroit Pistons Announcer, N. Charles Anderson of the Detroit Urban League, Eddie Lee of the Detroit Young Professionals, and Jacqueline Northrop, Founder of Scarlet Communications. 

In addition to the tantalizing ambiance, guests were exposed to the true mission and vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan  Detroit as Dara Munson, President and CEO, and Michael Smith, Board Chairman, gave eminent remarks speaking to the value and 
positive effects BBBSMD mentoring programs have had on youth in Metro Detroit.

This stellar event was sponsored by BASF, Comerica Bank, The Chrysler Group, LLC, The Delphi Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, 
Greektown Casino, Heart & Vascular Institute, Henry Ford Health Systems, MGM Grand Detroit, New Dimensions Logistics, PAMA, 
Quicken Loans, Strategic Staffing Solutions, The Wellness Plan, UAW Ford, the Carpenters Labor Management Program, The Farbman
Group and the Coca Cola Company.



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