2017 Detroit Historical Society Ball

December 9 2017 | 6:00pm to December 10 2017 | 5:55pm

The annual Society Ball is our major fundraiser for educational programming. Funds raised at the 2017 Society Ball will support a range of the Society’s priority initiatives including subsidized school tours, in-school programs and other educational resources deserving students need as a foundation for their futures.


The Factory at Corktown
1907 Michigan Ave., Detroit
Complimentary Valet Provided 

Schedule of Events

6 p.m.  Benefactor ticket $850 | Patron ticket $500   

Black tie. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction followed by a seated dinner, brief program, live auction and incredible entertainment by Ben Sharkey.

9 p.m.  Afterglow ticket $75 (or 2 tickets for $100)

Afterglow reception includes cocktails, desserts, late-night snacks and dancing. Cocktail attire.

(Afterglow tickets for 2 purchased online will be reserved under the name of the purchaser.)

Moving Forward Awards 

The Detroit Historical Society is delighted to announce its inaugural Moving Forward Awards. Highlighting the critical role that understanding history plays in creating engaged citizens and leaders, these annual awards honor community leaders who are helping move our community forward in innovative and transformational ways.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District and Dr. Mark Schlissel, President of the University of Michigan, who will receive our inaugural Moving Forward Awards.


Ball Committee: Geaneen M. Arends, Mary Ann Bury, Elyse Germack, Melissa Levasseur, Mary Lubera, Stephanie Nicholson, Alicia Nicholson, Lisa Nowak, Adrienne Nutter, Irena Politano, Bobbi Polk, Leslye Rosenbaum


For information about Society Ball sponsorship opportunities, please contact Vanessa Miller at vanessam@detroithistorical.org or 313.833.4143. To purchase Ball tickets by phone, contact Alaina Vacha at 313.833.0158.

Presenting Sponsor:

  • DTE Energy Foundation

Educational Initiatives:

  • General Motors
  • JPMorgan Chase

Dinner Sponsor:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • Sandy and Mimi McMillan


  • Emagine
  • Lear Corporation
  • Penske Corporation
  • Polk Family
  • Buhl Family


  • Conway MacKenzie
  • Crest Automotive
  • Harvey Rice Foundation
  • PNC
  • Skillman Foundation
  • St. John/Providence
  • Wolverine Packing

Media Sponsors:

  • Comcast
  • Crains Detroit
  • Hour Detroit
  • WDIV
  • WJR Radio
Ticket Prices
Afterglow (2 tickets)