Food, fun, and fireworks!

Join us for our annual premiere gala event, An Evening of Red, White, and Blue, to be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019!

You’ll enjoy a courtyard reception featuring music by The Thriftshop Boys; a gourmet meal in our beautiful ballroom; and a grand finale of fireworks on our lakefront lawn. Proceeds from this unmissable event benefit The Patriot Initiative Fund, which helps support The War Memorial’s patriotic mission.

We are honored to present Major General Gregory J. Vadnais with the Spirit of Service Award.

Program of Events

6pm—Courtyard cocktail reception
7pm—Dinner and program
9:45pm—Fireworks display overlooking Lake St. Clair


General: $185
Fireworks Afterglow ONLY: $50

Proceeds benefit veterans programming through The Patriot Initiative Fund at The War Memorial.

Special thanks to our sponsors

Patriot Sponsor

PVS Chemicals
Russell Family Fund

Hero Sponsor

Edmund T. Ahee Jewelers
Peter and Connie Cracchiolo Foundation
Mary and Ron Lamparter
Moehring Woods Flowers
Patrick and Valerie Moran
Northern Trust
Laura and John B. Peabody Jr.
Pointe Pediatric Associates
Thomas M. Smith and Marie Vanerian
Wolverine Packing Co.

Liberty Sponsor

American House Grosse Pointe at Cottage
Elise and Michael Hindelang
Luxe Linen Service
Lindsay and Matt Moroun
Pro DJ
Sohn Linen Service
Cheryl and Paul Van Tol
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Valet Sponsor

Catalyst Solutions Group
Malik Goodwin
Greenwich Capital Group
Kronner Cavanaugh Smihal Group at Morgan Stanley
Malik and LaTonia Goodwin
Nora Moroun
Jimmy and Nicole Rahaim
Jessica and Steve Smihal
Beverly and Clune Walsh
Kelly and Brendan Walsh

Friend Sponsor

Event Source
Richard T. Shetler, Jr.
Tiffany’s Restorative Massage
Wally’s Frozen Custard

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Joyce Russell in Institutional Advancement at 313.332.4075 or

Benefit Co-Chairs: Elise Hindelang and Jessica Smihal
Benefit Committee: Val Moran, Amy Muzingo, Alicia Nicholson, Stephanie Nicholson, Laura Peabody, Hillary Schmitt, and Marcia Taylor