11TH ANNUAL THE GARDEN PARTY SUPPORTS PROFESSIONAL TRADE SCHOLARSHIPS

Fantastic food, fabulous cars and fine wine will be served up at the eleventh annual Garden Party, a fundraising event to provide professional trade scholarships to disadvantaged young adults. The event will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on the beautiful grounds of Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan.

The Garden Party will feature fare from 30 of Michigan’s best restaurants including Big Rock Chophouse, Detroit Athletic Club, Grey Ghost, Roberts Restaurant Group, among others. New additions to this year’s event include Antihero, Hazel, Ravines & Downtown, Lady of the House, and Shewolf, to name a few. The exquisite cuisine offered during the affair will be paired with 100 of the finest wines provided by Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, classic car display and live entertainment by Detroit’s own award-winning vocalist, Tosha Owens.

“The Garden Party is pleasant, if not pleasing. It is one of the few charities that our industry, Hospitality, embraces…” said Sydney L. Ross, co-founder of The Garden Party Foundation and co-owner of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits, based in Highland Park. “We are giving the children and later young adults the opportunity to learn skills that WILL allow them to be self-sufficient and prosper – vocational training.”

Tickets for The Garden Party are $150 per person. Attire is traditional Garden Party chic. The hosts request that ladies wear hats. Guests must be 18 to attend. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.thegardenpartymichigan.org.

2019 Sponsors include: Atlas Oil Company (along with Atlas Cares and Sam & Nada Simon Foundation), Barton Malow Company, Celani Family Vineyards, Charity Motors, Crain’s Detroit Business, Dickinson Wright PLLC, dbusiness, HOUR Detroit, Huntington Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Kelly Services, MP Tool & Engineering, News/Talk 760 WJR, Peter Basso Associates, Plum Market, Ryder, The Suburban Collection, The Tyranski & Totonchio Group – Merrill Lynch, TMP Architecture, and UHY Advisors, Inc.

Along with The Garden Party Southeast Michigan, the fourth annual Garden Party Northern Michigan will be held on September 7, 2019 from 3PM – 6PM in The Harris Gardens on North Central Michigan College’s campus in Petoskey, MI.

About Oakland Community College Professional and Skilled Trades
Oakland Community College’s mission is built on meeting community need. Essentially, what talent does Southeast Michigan need to maintain a strong economy and a great quality of life? How do we meet that need with today’s students? At OCC, this translates into the rebirth of professional and skilled trades. According to the state’s employment website, Talent Connect, there are more than 8,300 professional trades job openings across all industries in Michigan, and more than 6,200 expected to be available each year through 2022.
Today, careers in the professional trades offer high demand, highly skilled, well-paying jobs. OCC’s commitment to filling this talent gap means working with businesses, agencies and our expert faculty to meet the need for skilled, career-ready employees in Advanced Automobile Servicing, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, EMS, Fire Fighter Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Robotics and Welding,

About The Garden Party Foundation
The Garden Party Foundation was founded by The Ross Family and The Cooper Family. The purpose of The Garden Party is to create a pleasant Sunday afternoon that is pleasing to the eye, the palate, and for its charitable aspect – pleasing to the soul. The Garden Party Foundation’s mission is to provide trade school scholarships to underprivileged young adults. TGPF believes that the purpose of education is to teach students skills allowing them the opportunity to create their own self-sustainable life, which goes hand in hand with TGPF’s intention…to help one student at a time reach their dreams.

Walsh Welcomes Financial Services Leaders to College

Three women from Merrill Lynch who have achieved success in the financial services industry will share how others can bridge the gender gap and build a career in this competitive field during Walsh’s Conversation With Leaders event at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

The event, open to the public, will be held in room 199 at the Troy location, 3838 Livernois Rd. Troy, MI 48083.

Merrill Lynch’s Laurie Bournias, first vice president, wealth management advisor; Nicole Morgia, vice president, client relationship manager; and Estrella (Star) Crawford, community relations manager with the company’s local markets organization, will speak at the event. The panel will be moderated by Nathan Marsden, managing director and market executive at Merrill Lynch.

“These three women are not just leaders in their field, but also role models for other women who are interested in building a career in the financial services industry,” says Walsh President & CEO Marsha Kelliher. “We are proud to welcome them to Walsh and share with our students and the community their experiences in the financial services industry.”

Bournias began her career at Merrill Lynch after earning a bachelor’s degree in finance from Walsh in 1992. As a first vice president, wealth management advisor, she assists clients with a net worth of $1 million or more. She holds certifications and designations including Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and FINRA and insurance licenses.

Morgia, a client relationship manager, joined Merrill Lynch in 2016 after holding positions as director of operations for MetLife and regional manager at Raymond James. She graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in English/communications.

Crawford, community relations manager at Merrill Lynch, is responsible for supporting the market president and leadership team revenue growth and brand in local markets. She joined Bank of America in 2004 as a relationship manager and has held a wide variety of roles including change consultant, quality team manager and senior business controls specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in modern foreign languages with a concentration in Spanish from Morris Brown College.

There is no cost to attend the Conversation With Leaders forum. For more information and to register, visit info.walshcollege.edu/cwl/.

About Walsh

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Former OCC Theatre Student Reprises Classic DIA TV Commercial During Arts, Beats and Eats Kick-Off News Conference

Former Oakland Community College student Lillian Bishop knows how to take advantage of an opportunity.

Bishop, of Ferndale, Mich., jumped on the rare opportunity to showcase her singing chops at a news conference Tuesday to kick-off the Arts, Beats and Eats festival during Labor Day Weekend in Royal Oak. She sang the iconic song in the classic Detroit Institute of Arts’ 1976 TV commercial “You Gotta Have Art” at the end of Oakland Community College Chancellor Peter Provenzano’s opening remarks, adapted* for the kickoff event. (*Lyrics provided below)

OCC is a first-time major sponsor of the festival dedicated to promoting the arts in Oakland County and beyond.

“It was an honor and pleasure to be asked to participate,” said Bishop, who is the lead singer for Chateau, one of Detroit’s top-ranked bands, and performs voiceover and promo work locally. “I love the arts, I love performing and I love supporting my college. I had a great time doing it.”

At OCC, Bishop starred in many theatre productions, including All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Great American Trailer Park Musical, Our Town, MacBeth, and most recently in Peter And The Starcatcher.

Provenzano was tickled with the idea to empower a former student.

“We have excellent music, theatre and arts programs, facilities, faculty, students and graduates,” he said. “It was a delight to watch her belt out this legendary song to demonstrate to the world the importance of art in our community, the high caliber of excellent students who attend OCC, and pay homage to one of our outstanding partners in the DIA.”

For more information about Arts Beats and Eats, visit artsbeatsandeats.com.

For more information about OCC, visit oaklandcc.edu.


About OCC
With five campuses in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s number one transfer institution, offering nearly 100 excellent degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

Artloft Midtown One Year Anniversary Celebration

Detroit October 10, 2016 Over the past year, Artloft and their Midtown location have grown into much more than just a gift store. They frequently host girlfriend parties, tea parties, ladies brunches and have participated in local charity events as well. Rachael, along with her knowledgeable staff, offers a high level of personalized service to her clients. We want to create a connection with the customer that evokes the feeling that Artloft is “my go-to store.”

“Our customer base is building daily, and new customers quickly become regulars and friends,” said Rachael Woods

If you haven’t been into one of their locations (they have had their first location in downtown Birmingham for almost twenty years) your eyes are in for a feast! Artloft Midtown offers a highly-curated collection of unique housewares, wonderful gifts, one-of-a-kind artwork, locally made Detroit items, jewelry, authentic African clothing and more. Their best selling item is their Egyptian cotton blend sheet sets and pillowcases. Whether they are purchased as a gift or for themselves, customers always come back for more.

Rachael is looking forward to her next year and beyond with confidence. But first, she is celebrating Artloft’s one year anniversary of their Midtown Detroit location by having a festive event where they will celebrate in style with friends, customers and family and all who have supported Artloft Midtown. The date for the anniversary party will be Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5pm-10pm in store. Beyond the fun of the party, Artloft will also have portions of the event benefiting The Pink Fund.

“We are grateful to Artloft for taking up our mission, making it a point to help raise money to help local women in active treatment for breast cancer pay some of their non-medical basic cost of living expenses through The Pink Fund.” said Molly MacDonald.

Visit Artloft’s Midtown location at 4160 Cass Ave., Suite C, Detroit, MI 48201 313.818.0023 Open Monday-Saturday 11-7 with Fridays open late 11-9.

In addition to their two brick-and-mortar locations, Artloft sells merchandise through its website: www.artloftonline.com and frequent updates and store events are posted on the store’s Facebook page.

Oneupweb’s BRIM, “Bringing Relentless Innovation to Michigan”, Conference Returns and is Thrilled to Announce the Bank of Northern Michigan As Pitch Session Sponsor

Oneupweb Hosts 3rd BRIM Leadership Conference for Michigan businesses and calls for Pitch Session applications for a chance to win $5,000.

Traverse City, MI September 25, 2013

For the third year running, Oneupweb will host BRIM (Bringing Relentless Innovation to Michigan), a day of inspiration, education, networking and entrepreneurship held at the Oneupweb headquarters on the banks of West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City.

One highlight of past BRIMs has been the Investor Pitch Session, which returns to BRIM for 2013 along with a generous $5,000 prize from The Bank of Northern Michigan for the winning business plan. This doubles the 2012 prize of $2,500, which was also sponsored by The Bank of Northern Michigan. Three finalists will be selected to present their ideas at BRIM on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 to a panel of judges and BRIM attendees.

BRIM 2012 Pitch Session winner Kelly Stites, of Assisted Moving Services, had never presented her business plan to a large group of professionals until last year’s conference. She says, “Winning the BRIM Pitch Session inspired me to move forward with my business plan and grow it into what is now a licensed LLC moving business in Traverse City that specializes in senior moving and downsizing. The money awarded was spent changing the DBA to an LLC, retaining permits and constructing a sign for the business.” She adds, “I’m looking forward to attending in November 2013!”

Like Stites, many business owners are challenged in the early stages of establishing a business with obtaining necessary permits, building clientele and investing in marketing efforts with limited budgets. In addition to the monetary prize for the winner, all three BRIM Pitch Session presenters will receive follow-up consultations to support their success.

“The Bank of Northern Michigan maintains a strong commitment to helping grow successful businesses throughout our northern Michigan community,” says John D. Paul, Jr., president and CEO of The Bank of Northern Michigan. “I’ve had the honor of participating in Oneupweb’s BRIM event the last two years and the talent and enthusiasm represented by the entrepreneurs attending BRIM underscored the great future we have in Michigan. Each person who participates in the Pitch Session has the opportunity for business consulting with the judges. We found the consulting session to be very beneficial for each entrepreneur and it has been great to watch these businesses grow over the last year.”

To apply for the BRIM 2013 Pitch Session and a chance to compete with other entrepreneurs for the $5,000 prize from The Bank of Northern Michigan, fill out the form here- http://go.oneupweb.com/brim-pitch-application.

About Oneupweb:
Oneupweb is a 17-year innovator in digital marketing—creating integrated online marketing plans that incorporate search, social, design and mobile services. Heralded by an independent research firm for their leadership team, work ethic and solid experience in optimizing complicated sites, Oneupweb has been named a Top 20 Search Marketing Agency by Advertising Age for five consecutive years, and CEO Lisa Wehr is recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Oneupweb is a privately held company located in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information on Oneupweb, please call 1.877.568.7477, or visit OneUpWeb.com.