One of Detroit’s top parties returns on September 16 as the Ford Autoglow—a tradition for decades—welcomes patrons of the charity preview of the North American International Auto Show at Ford Field.
The afterglow actually begins before the charity preview, with valet parking at Ford Field, private shuttles to previews after pre-event drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and all-new vehicles on display at the riverfront Huntington Place Convention Center. Charity preview raised millions of dollars for Southeast Michigan children’s charity.
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Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and his wife, Lisa, and Ford CEO Jim Farley and his wife, Lia, host Autoglow, which has raised nearly $6 million for The Children’s Center.
Autoglow occupies much of Ford Field—but not the playground—with dancing, music, and high-end small plates for a party courtesy of Levi’s Restaurant, which runs food service at Ford Field.
Anyone who participates in the charity preview can also buy a ticket to Autoglow, but you can count on a home full of Ford Motor leadership and friends, including members of the company’s founding family, which supported the Children’s Center for generations Is. The Bal Kendra provides assistance to 3,500 children and their families every year.
do a little dance, make a little art
Regular attendees say it’s also a good spot for anyone new to southeast Michigan who wants a rundown on the area’s movers and shakers.
This year’s event includes music, dance, and “an opportunity to create an original piece of artwork with Detroit artist Trai Isaacs” from DJ Parvu.
Autoglow runs from 4:30 p.m. to midnight with a pre-event reception at 4:30-7 p.m. and the main party 8:30-midnight. Dress code is black tie.
AutoGlow tickets cost $275 until August 31, when they increase to $325. https://www.thechildrenscenter.com/autoglow-2022/
You must also have a ticket to the charity preview to participate in the Afterglow.