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City Year Detroit to stage fund-raiser at Fountain Bistro

This article appeared in The Detroit Free Press
March 2012

Beer and s'mores? They're on the menu tonight at the City Year Detroit benefit at Fountain Bistro.

City Year, a program aimed at preventing high school dropouts, uses AmeriCorp members to mentor and tutor students in grades 6-9. It's hosting tonight's party to raise money for its efforts.

Jenna Moritz of City Year says half the price of admission to the event will go to the group. "A lot of our fund-raising has been geared towards much more established people in our area," she says. "We weren't quite capturing that demographic that's on its way."

Jay Lambrecht, one of Fountain Bistro's three owners, says he teamed up with City Year because he believes in education. "Though money is extremely important to keep organizations like this going and growing, it is equally important to help spread the word about City Year," he says.

Tonight's entertainment will be provided by the Delta Five blues band. There will also be food and an outdoor area for making s'mores.

To attend, reply to Moritz at jmoritz@cityyear.org .

6-9 tonight, Fountain Bistro, 800 Woodward, Detroit. 313-962-0101. $50 (includes beer and wine).

Fashion in Detroit afterparty: An afterparty for the third annual Fashion in Detroit takes place Saturday at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Fashion in Detroit was created by Joe Faris of "Project Runway" fame to celebrate local fashion, and this year's event will include eight runway presentations. It's being hosted by Faris and Denise Ilitch, publisher of Ambassador Magazine.

The afterparty will feature entertainment from New York City DJ Rob Di Nero, DJ Rob Play and DJ Shea Thomas. Miss Michigan 2012 Kristen Danyal will be among the hosts.

9 p.m. Saturday, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit. 313-237-7711. $15.

NEXTGen Detroit fund-raiser: Comic Jeffrey Ross is helping usher in a new arm of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. NEXTGen Detroit is a group created to engage metro Detroit Jews ages 21 to 45.

Saturday's launch party for NEXTGen will include a performance by Ross and an afterparty with music by DJ Prevu.

Those who donate $1,000 or more to the Jewish Federation can enjoy a pre-glow meet-and-greet with Ross, a dessert bar and an open bar before the show.

The event "represents a monumental shift in the way we as a federation engage the next generation of young Jewish adults in our campaign," says Josh Levine of the Jewish Federation Young Adult Division. "I'm excited because we're taking a big risk and making a huge investment in the future of our Jewish community."

8:30 p.m. Saturday, MGM Grand Casino, 1777 Third St., Detroit, $50.

Ese Esan's Nightlife column appears at www.detroit.metromix.com on Wednesdays and in the Free Press Play section on Thursdays. Contact ESE ESAN: 313-223-4411 OR EESAN@FREEPRESS.COM

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