BravoBravo! 2010: The Fashionable Way to Fundraise
It’s almost time for the 11th annual benefit for the Detroit Opera House, BravoBravo! On Friday June 4, 2010, from 7:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., the opulent Opera House will be transformed into a food and fashion wonderland for some 2,000 gorgeous revelers. For 11 years now, the young professionals group of the Michigan Opera Theatre Volunteer Association (MOTVA) has coordinated one of the most talked-about parties of the year, the kind of event that has set the precedent for all others that followed, the kind that is often imitated but never duplicated.
Is it the swankiest gala event of the year? Absolutely. Is the hands-down most see-and-be-seen scene in Detroit? You bet. Is the crowd full of the area’s hottest and brightest young professionals all dressed to impress? Without a doubt. Does the plethora of food and alcohol make the $105 ticket price totally worth the money? No question. But all these things seem to have, over the years, become the defining factor of this event, and attendees have lost sight of what it’s really about: BravoBravo! is a benefit for the Opera House and the Michigan Opera Theatre, paying for the continued restoration and maintenance of this historic building as well as supporting the MOT’s artistic and educational programs.
Since its inception, BravoBravo! has raised more than $833,000 and continuously attracts sold-out crowds with some of the biggest names in young metro Detroit, drawing in the very people who will soon come to run the city and preserve the historic and artistic endeavors such as Opera House and MOT with their own patronage, sponsorship, and fundraising. This event is vital to expose these young jet-setters to the Opera House and its programs, creating a culture of awareness and respect which will ideally last long after the last cocktails are consumed.
This year’s theme of fashion is glossier than ever, with a flashy website and photography to go along with it. The fashion theme will be carried throughout the complex, with separate rooms dedicated to Detroit, Miami, London, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Milan. The usual formula of several dozen of the best restaurants in Detroit will be used, and there will also be a showcase of some of Detroit’s top music talent, including Will Sessions Funk Big Band with Monica Blaire, techno from Kevin Saunderson and Paxahau resident DJs, jazz-pop singer Ben Sharkey, and progressive indie rockers Silverghost. As far as showcasing some of the finest talent in Detroit and exemplifying all of the things that make this city great, BravoBravo! has finally nailed it with a music lineup that is Detroit-centric for this first time in its history. (Also, don’t miss the auto-tune karaoke in the Tokyo room, presented by the Metro Times.)
Tickets for this year’s BravoBravo! are $95 through May, $105 in June. You can purchase your tickets online at www.MichiganOpera.org but hurry—this event will sell out. Come in your finest suits and dresses, hair and makeup perfectly prepped for your close-up on the red carpet, enjoy great local food and music, and remember: at the end of the night, it has all been for a good cause, for the preservation of our city’s arts, culture and history. For all those who support it, bravo to you.