The Garden Party Foundation celebrated its sixth annual The Garden Party event June 8 at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills, featuring food from Michigan’s best restaurants and 100 of the finest wines. More than 700 people attended this year’s event.
OCC officials receive a $55,000 check from The Garden Party Foundation for OCC Culinary Studies Institute student scholarships
Proceeds benefited Oakland Community College Culinary Studies Institute and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, with $55,000 donated to each organization and $20,000 donated to Children’s Tumor Foundation.
“The Culinary Studies Institute provides aspiring chefs a solid foundation to launch their careers,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “Our culinary students win awards at regional and national competitions and go on to become successful chefs and business owners. We are grateful for our partnership with The Garden Party Foundation and their generosity in supporting OCC’s Culinary Studies Institute.”
Elizabeth and Sydney L. Ross, along with Lewis Cooper, founders of The Garden Party Foundation and owners of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits, presented Meyer with check on August 13 at the residence of Elizabeth and Sydney Ross in Bloomfield Township. Next year’s Garden Party will be held on June 7, 2015.
“We are thrilled that the next generation of Detroit philanthropists supported Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, OCC Culinary Studies and Children’s Tumor Foundation by attending the event. We are already looking forward to next year and are excited to hold The Garden Party on the beautiful grounds of Meadow Brook Hall,” Ross said.
The Garden Party Foundation acknowledges and thanks all event sponsors including presenting sponsor Advance Engineering. Other sponsors include Atlas Oil, Bodman PLC, Celani Family Vineyards, Crain Communication Inc, eTitle Agency, GM Foundation, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, Huntington Bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co., MillerCoors, MP Tool & Engineering, NetJets, News/Talk 760 WJR, Plum Market, Ryder, The Suburban Collection, Thomas Sebold & Associates Inc, UHY Advisors, Inc.
Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute provides students with hands-on experiences in one of the largest facilities of its type, with quality instruction by award-winning faculty. The OCC Culinary Studies Institute is Michigan’s premier hospitality school. The largest of the Institute’s programs, Culinary Arts, gives students a combination of classroom and hands-on experience. In addition to extensive time in kitchen labs cooking and baking, students learn specialties such as ice carving and wine and spirits. Students also participate in such special events as the Wassail Feast and also operate the Ridgewood Café, the program’s restaurant located at the Orchard Ridge Campus. The Orchard Ridge Campus is located at 27055 Orchard Lake Road, just south of I-696. Free parking is available in nearby college lots.
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.
About The Garden Party Foundation:
The Garden Party Foundation was founded by Sydney L. Ross and his wife, Elizabeth. The Garden Party event was initiated and is maintained by The J. Lewis Cooper family and Elizabeth and Sydney L. Ross Foundation. 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 support multiple local charities and use money raised to support Michigan causes. The foundation also aims to make The Garden Party the finest and most prominent food and wine event in the state. The Garden Party Foundation can be reached at 313.852.3951 or by visiting www.thegardenpartymichigan.org.