For the 34th annual Detroit International Wine Auction, the College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI) teamed up with Cadillac/General Motors to host one of Southeast Michigan’s most premier events. This year’s theme, “The Art of Wine,” brought a hundred-year-old hangar at the Detroit City Airport to life, completely transforming it from a concrete and steel home for planes into a welcoming yet energetic space worthy of the most fabulous wines and auction lots imaginable.

More than 500 guests, decked out in fashionable “Mad Men”-themed black-tie attire, were treated to an evening filled with music, food, wine, and art. The night began with a vintner’s reception and silent auction, setting the tone for an elegant and exciting experience.

The highlight of the evening was a rousing live auction that brought in astronomical numbers for the fundraiser. Remarkably, dinner for 10 at the home of General Motors President Daniel Ammann and his wife, Pernilla, sold twice for $100,000. The excitement continued with a live performance from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, culminating in an after-party presented by Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers. With tickets to the gala starting at $1,000 per person, the event raised a record $3 million, the most in its 34-year history.

The funds raised will enable CCS to provide free art classes to over 4,000 Detroit children this year and offer support for financially deprived undergraduate students at CCS, one of the best design schools in the United States.

This project showcased Bluewater’s ability to transform any space with our expertise and creativity. We turned a historic hangar into a captivating venue that highlighted the sophistication and grandeur of “The Art of Wine.” We are proud to have been a part of such a meaningful and impactful event, demonstrating that with a little Bluewater magic, any space can be transformed.


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