2018 Detroit Historical Society Ball

December 8 2018 | 6:00pm to December 9 2018 | 12:00am

Detroit Historical Society Ball

Lexus Velodrome

601 Mack Avenue, Detroit


Chris Campbell, Master of Ceremonies/Emcee


** Honorary Host Committee and Patron Tickets are SOLD OUT! Late Night Party tickets are still available


Join us for a free-wheeling, black-tie extravaganza that will draw upon Detroit’s rich and relatively unknown cycling history to celebrate a landmark year in which the Detroit Historical Society won all three of the nation’s most prestigious awards for museums.

The Society Ball is the single biggest source of annual funding for our educational initiatives. This year’s celebration will fund expansion of our award-winning programming to serve high school students and help us design new curriculum materials and develop intergenerational programming for the Discovery Room in The Streets of Old Detroit.


5:00 p.m. Exclusive VIP Access for Benefactors

Priority valet, Champagne upon arrival, VIP-only auction items, and a special toast from our new CEO, Elana Rugh.

6:00 p.m.

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction followed by an elegant seated dinner, the presentation of our 2018 Moving Forward Award to Jason Hall, and a live auction. Black tie.

9:00 p.m.  

The party shifts into high-gear with a demonstration of cycle racing on the Velodrome’s dramatic banked track, music from Ben Sharkey and dancing until midnight with an open bar, coffee and desserts. Cocktail attire.

Complimentary valet provided

For information on tickets or sponsorships, please contact Mary Ann Bauman at maryannb@detroithistorical.org or 313.833.4143.




  • Lexus
  • Ford Motor Company Fund, PVS Chemicals
  • Penske Corp., Emagine, Chase
  • Bobbi and Stephen Polk, PNC, St. John Providence/Ascension Health, Wolverine Packing, H.W. Kaufman Group, Jaffe, Raitt, Huer & Weiss, Sandy and Mimi McMillan
  • MGM Grand, Beaumont, Comerica, Diversified Computer Services, Inc., KEO & Associates, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Greenstone’s Fine Jewelers
  • MEDIA SPONSORS: Comcast, HOUR Detroit, Avanti Press



  • Mark Albrecht
  • Bob and Maggie Allesee
  • Dr. Lourdes V. Andaya
  • Tina and Leland K. Bassett
  • Charles and Joan Bayer
  • Nancy and Larry Bluth
  • Cathy and Kevin Broderick
  • Richard and Joanne Brodie
  • Tom and Lindsey Buhl
  • Mary Ann and Bob Bury
  • Joanne and John Carter
  • William & Jenny Chope
  • Honorable Avern and Mrs. Lois Pincus Cohn
  • Tyrone Davenport and Linda Forte
  • John and Alexandra Decker
  • Charlie Edwards and Priscilla Meade
  • Cathy and James Deutchman
  • Diversified Computer Services, Inc.
  • Jeffrey and Rachel Dobson
  • Douglas and Diane Dossin
  • Marianne Endicott
  • Stephanie Germack
  • Frank & Elyse Germack
  • Neal Graham
  • Robert and Ann Greenstone
  • Frederick and Wanda Hall
  • Michele Hodges
  • George Johnson
  • Daniel and Morgan Kaufman
  • Dennis and Melissa Levasseur
  • Chauncey and Erica Mayfield
  • Chip and Sarah McClure
  • Gioconda and Thayer McMillan
  • Sandy and Mimi McMillan
  • James and Ann Nicholson
  • Chris and Indira Onwuzurike
  • Stephen and Bobbi Polk
  • Terrence and Maria Pryor - Huntington Bank
  • Dr. Lewis and Leslye Rosenbaum
  • Harriet B. Rotter
  • Elana and Chris Rugh
  • Dr. and Mrs. Mark Saffer
  • Kathleen Straus and Walter Shapero
  • John Solecki
  • Alicia, Jessica and Jonathan Taub
  • Dr. and Mrs. Laurence Ulrey
  • Barbara Van Dusen
  • Mary L. Kramer and Professor William H. Volz
  • Mary Wilson
  • Dr. M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University
  • Jeff and Norma Jean Zaleski
Ticket Prices
Late Night Party
Honorary Host Committee