One of the most sought-after tickets in the metro Detroit area will grant guests access to the upcoming Gems of Detroit Cristo Rey High School fundraiser. Attorney and board member John McNally says, “It’s an incredible thing, the work that is being done with these students, and people want to be a part of that.” “People” includes two-time title sponsor Fiat Chrysler Automotive.
Held in the historic Eastern Market in Detroit, the event boasts of unlimited food and drink from some of Detroit’s top vendors. With music, dancing, a silent auction, wine tasting, and a complimentary valet service, the event, a “snappy casual” affair, is sure to be a crowd pleaser once more. New to 2016 is an exclusive afterglow party at The Eastern from 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Above all, the May 6th festivities will benefit the students at Detroit Cristo Rey High School in Detroit.
Although this is only the second year of the Gems of Detroit event, McNally sees it going strong far into the future. “After one year we already outgrew our initial venue,” he says. “It’s caught on like wildfire.” Its popularity is evident to him for a number of reasons. “It’s a fun event! But there is also a resurgence and renaissance happening in Detroit, and people want to better the city and its kids.” If benefiting urban youth and helping to end the cycle of poverty in Detroit isn’t reason enough to attend, participants will also have the opportunity to see new businesses, experience an amazing venue, and sample tastes of the town.
Originally introduced to Detroit Cristo Rey High School when a friend told him of the work that was being done there, McNally was instantly intrigued. Yet it wasn’t until he met the students and had the opportunity to share a meal with them that he really fell in love with their mission. “It’s just incredible” he says. “It’s so refreshing to go there and be involved with this school and the program. It’s work that matters, and I always leave with a smile on my face.”
Detroit’s Cristo Rey High School is one of only 26 Catholic schools of its kind around the United States. And while their numbers may be few, their mission is mighty: to take economically disadvantaged and remedial students from inner city areas and give them a supportive, academically challenging, college preparatory experience that equips them for both higher education and the workplace.
“The students go to school four days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,” explains McNally. “On the fifth day, they go to work at jobs that include executive offices at GM.” With partnerships at companies like Fiat Chrysler Automotive, AAA of Michigan, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and many others, it’s easy to see why the students of Cristo Rey face great promise in their future.
The corporate work experience offered to students at Detroit Cristo Rey helps students become more comfortable and confident in their skills, builds their knowledge base, and helps prepare them for higher education. The school also aims for a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate. McNally can’t say it enough: “This is work that matters.”
To learn more about the GEMS of Detroit fundraiser or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fiat-chrysler-automobiles-presentsgems-of-detroit-benefiting-detroit-cristo-rey-high-school-tickets-20945350106