Detroit is set to witness a dazzling evening of entertainment and philanthropy as Jennifer Hudson takes the stage at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview. The multi-talented actress and singer, celebrated for her Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony wins, will captivate the audience with her extraordinary vocal prowess. The event, held annually, promises an elegant evening of glamour, music, and giving back to the community.
Scheduled for Friday, September 15th, at 7:45 p.m., the performance will be held at Huntington Place, adding an aura of sophistication to the annual black-tie charity preview. This much-anticipated event not only marks a celebration of the automotive industry but also brings together the city’s best to contribute to a noble cause.
Thad Szott, the Chairman of the Detroit Auto Show, expressed his excitement, stating, “It’s a thrill to have such an incredible talent, especially one who portrayed the Detroit music legend Aretha Franklin, grace our auto show stage on a night that celebrates everything great about this city.” Hudson’s portrayal of Aretha Franklin in the biographical film “Respect” solidified her connection to Detroit’s musical heritage, making her performance even more meaningful to the attendees.
The Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview is renowned for its commitment to giving back to the community. Over the past 25 years, the event has raised an impressive sum of over $100 million for various children’s charities. Since its inception in 1976, the Charity Preview has managed to accumulate an astounding $123 million in total donations, making it an unparalleled platform for philanthropy in the city.
This year, the charity preview’s beneficiaries include several impactful organizations:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan
- The Children’s Center
- The Children’s Foundation
- Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
- Detroit PAL
- University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
The evening’s festivities will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Huntington Place atrium, followed by the grand opening of the auto show floor at 6 p.m. The highlight of the evening, Jennifer Hudson’s performance, will begin at 7:45 p.m., promising to be a showcase of talent and emotion.
While the occasion is a luxurious affair, it’s also a chance for attendees to contribute to the community. Tickets for the charity preview are priced at $400 per person, with an option of purchasing a pair for $700. This investment not only grants access to an unforgettable performance but also contributes to the event’s overarching mission of supporting children’s charities.
For those unable to attend the charity preview, the Detroit Auto Show will open its doors to the public from Saturday, September 16th, through Sunday, September 24th. This wider event will allow car enthusiasts and the general public to explore the latest offerings from the automotive industry while soaking in the atmosphere of this iconic event.
As the city gears up for this remarkable showcase of talent and generosity, the 2023 Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview promises to be a night that celebrates Detroit’s spirit, musical heritage, and commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of children in need. To find out more about the Detroit Auto Show and secure your tickets, visit the official website for details.