Detroit Historical Society Ball

January 18 2020 | 6:00pm to January 19 2020 | 12:00am

Detroit in the Gilded Age:
Break the Bank with the Detroit Historical Society


At the State Savings Bank, 151 W. Fort St., Detroit

Saturday, January 18, 2020 

Step back into the Gilded Age of Detroit — filled with railroad tycoons, lumber barons and industry innovators who were shaping the city and moving it forward — the Detroit Historical Society Ball and After-Party are its biggest fundraisers of the year! This event will support our key educational initiatives in 2020, including the re-imagining of the Detroit Historical Museum’s cornerstone educational exhibit, Frontiers to Factories.


Honoring Thomas C. Buhl

Detroit Historical Society Chairman of the Board 2010-2019


VIP Reception for Sponsors and Benefactor Ticket Holders | 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dinner and Program | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • Benefactor Tickets (Includes: VIP Reception, Dinner and Late-Night Party) $850
  • Patron Tickets (Includes: General Reception, Dinner, and Late-Night Party) $500
  • Black-Tie

Late-Night Party | 9:00 – 12:00 a.m

  • Late-Night Party Tickets (Includes: Cocktails, late night snacks, desserts, coffee bar and entertainment provided by the Sean Blackman in Transit!) $75   
  • Cocktail Dress

 All proceeds benefit the Detroit Historical Society. 

NEW! Make it Shine Raffle

This year, our guests can "Make It Shine" by purchasing tickets for our Jewerly Raffle sponsored by Greenstone's Fine Jewelry! Tickets will be available for puchase at the event for $35 each, or 2 for $50. Guests will have the opportunity to win a Forevermark Diamond Necklace or a Longines Master Collection Men's Watch. 


 Detroit Foundation Hotel Rooms

Rooms are available at the Detroit Foundation Hotel. Call 313.800.5500 and use the code Detroit Historical Society Ball  to receive a special rate. Reservations must be made by December 21st 2019.

Honorary Host Committee

Mark J. Albrecht

Dr. Lourdes V. Andaya

Geaneen M. Arends, Esq.

Lisa Baruah and The Honorable Sandy Baruah

Joan and Charles M. Bayer Jr. Nancy and Lawrence N. Bluth

Catherine O. and Kevin P. Broderick

Joanne D. and Richard A. Brodie

Lindsey and Thomas C. Buhl

Mary Ann and Robert A. Bury

Joanne S. and John C. Carter

Jenny and William A. Chope

Lois Pincus Cohn and The Honorable Avern Cohn

Madeline and Craig D’Agostini

Alexandra and John P. Decker

Cathy and James Deutchman

Donna and Richard L. DeVore

Diane P. and Douglas P. Dossin

Cynthia N. and Edsel B. Ford

Ann and Robert J. Greenstone

Frederick E. Hall 

Anita Dombrowski and Nicholas Hardy

George G. Johnson

Jennifer and Michael S. Kosonog 

Melissa B. and Dennis J. Levasseur

Kristin A. Lusn, Esq.

Erica and Chauncey C. Mayfield II, Esq.

James T. McMillan II

Lena Epstein 

Annette and John Kolon 

Sarah H. and Charles G. McClure

Anthony R. McCree

Ann and James B. Nicholson

Lisa and Gregory Nowak

Indira and Chris Onwuzurike

Bobbi and Stephen Polk

Maria and Terrance Pryor

Leslye and Dr. Lewis A. Rosenbaum

Elana A. and Christopher L. Rugh

Mary L. and Thomas C. Shafer

Kathleen Straus and Walter N. Shapero

Peggy and Dr. Mark B. Saffer

Alicia, Jessica and Jonathan S. Taub

Barbara C. Van Dusen

Mary Kramer and Professor William H. Volz


Event Sponsors

Industrial Innovator - $10,000


Copper Kings - $5,000



Cynthia N. & Edsel B. Ford 

Bobbi & Stephen Polk 






Charles H. and Sarah McClure

Jim & Ann Nicholson 









Ticket Prices
Late Night Party