About Our Partners
Partners of The War Memorial are itemized below in alphabetical order. Organizations with names beginning with “The” are listed under “T.”
We update this list quarterly. If your organization includes outdated information or is not listed, please contact us for an immediate correction.
Brut is Detroit's pop-up wine bar, hosting wine tastings, adventures, and social gatherings so people can experience the world through wine.
Chamber Music Society of Detroit
Celebrating its 75th year in 2018, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents nationally- and internationally-renowned classical and jazz artists. The War Memorial is a proud partnering host of four CMSD concert annually.
Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a multifaceted, full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change. The Foundation enacts a pledge to initiate, protect, nurture and create philanthropic efforts focused on everlasting positive impact in our community.
Detroit City Distillery
In the roaring twenties, Detroit fueled prohibition and an entrepreneurial spirit that didn’t follow the rules. A century later, eight childhood friends started a small distillery to make alcohol the old fashioned way.
Detroit City Distillery creates small batch artisanal whiskey, gin, and vodka using the finest local ingredients sourced directly from farms near our distillery and tasting room located in Detroit’s famed Eastern Market. The result is a drink of distinction made for the revolutionaries rewriting the history of a great American city. Detroit City Distillery regularly partners with The War Memorial to curate inviting and experiential libations events.
Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
The town square of our community, a gathering place for everybody.
Founded in 1885, the museum was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to the current site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the "temple of art." Two wings were added in the 1960s and 1970s, and a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007.
The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory.
The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, with about 66,000 works. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, who was director from 1924 to 1945 and acquired many important works that established the framework of today's collections. Among his notable acquisitions are Mexican artist Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.
A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. In 2000, the DIA established the General Motors Center for African American Art as a curatorial department in order to broaden the museum's collection of African American art.
Detroit Public Television (DPTV)
WTVS Detroit Public Television is the viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation's 11th largest television market.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO)
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a leader in the world of classical music, embraces and inspires individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.
Duplicate Bridge: Resident Group
A War Memorial staple for decades, Duplicate Bridge meets on Mondays from noon to 4pm. Contact Judith Thomas at 313.372.4218 for information.
Grosse Pointe Artists Association: Resident Group
The Grosse Pointe Artists Association is a not-for-profit organization totally dependent on the talents and generosity of volunteers and donors, who are dedicated to sharing their love for art by merging creativity and community.
The Association provides:
A diverse offering of art classes lead by high caliber instructors
Exhibitions to celebrate local artists and inspire new talent
Programming to engage and educate the general public
In addition to developing its own programming, the GPAA often partners with existing community groups to find new ways to integrate visual arts components into their already successful programming.
Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce
The War Memorial is a proud member of The Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, which promotes businesses and engages residents for a thriving community. The Chamber is an important and influential resource in the community. As the Chamber looks to the second decade of service to the Grosse Pointe community, activities and initiatives will be centered on three strategic pillars: Economic Impact, Fostering Collaboration, and Quality of Life. The three pillars stand at the core of why our Chamber exists and what services it will provide to businesses and residents in the Grosse Pointe community.
The Grosse Pointe Chamber assists members through networking, best practice sharing, and advocacy, and by being a voice and champion for businesses and the Grosse Pointes.
The Chamber fosters collaboration among key stakeholders within the Grosse Pointes and the surrounding communities, to create a platform for problem-solving, to address critical issues facing the Grosse Pointes, to benefit residents, and to enrich the economic health of the business community.
Quality of Life
The Chamber enriches the lives of residents through the provision or support of events and activities that bring the community together in informal and formal ways to highlight our business community and to enhance the quality of life that exists in the Grosse Pointes.
Grosse Pointe Garden Center and Veterans Gardens: Resident Group
Founded in 1950 as a successor organization to The War Memorial's Garden and Grounds Committee, the Grosse Pointe Garden Center (GPGC) became its own non-profit offering education programs from its onset. The earliest programs included a forum on Dutch elm disease, a chrysanthemum show and a Christmas decoration lecture. The GPGC created the Trial Gardens in 1952 as a test plot for new bulbs and plants. In 2012 the GPGC created the Veterans Garden to redefine the former Hillside Garden at The War Memorial.
Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods NAACP
The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Grosse Pointe Public Library
The Grosse Pointe Public Library exists to expand learning, inspire creativity, and connect our community.
Grosse Pointe Senior Ladies Club: Resident Group
The Grosse Pointe Senior Ladies Club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, from noon through 4pm. Each date includes lunch and card games; call Tillie Haelewyn at 313.881.5931 for more information.
Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra
The Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra dedicated to providing live, classical symphonic music to the community while providing an opportunity for local professionals and accomplished amateurs to perform the classics.
Grosse Pointe Veterans Club: Resident Group
Please contact 313.881.7511 for more information.
Independent Artists: Resident Group
This War Memorial sponsored group consists of independent artists who share a working space. Members paint or draw images of portrait and figure. This group has been a year-round tradition at The War Memorial for decades in partnership with the Petri Art Studio. There is no single instructor and all the artists work independently. The group meets Mondays from noon until 3pm. For more information, contact Lawrence Saenz, Jr., at email@example.com.
Junior League of Detroit: Resident Group
Founded in 1914, the Junior League of Detroit is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Kevin’s Song is a charitable organization dedicated to generating public awareness about the causes of suicide, its prevalence in our society and possible preventive measures. As an organization, we are creating a working community of professionals and advocates that is rapidly being recognized as the go-to resource in the metropolitan Detroit area for offering knowledge, hope and healing to individuals, families and communities touched by suicide. This includes suicide related to mental illness, recreational and prescription substance abuse and life-event triggers.
Lakeshore Optimist Club of Grosse Pointe
The Lakeshore Optimist Club of Grosse Pointe has served Metro Detroit east side communities for over 30 years as part of Optimist International. Members come from all over the Metro area.
Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose members work to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in kids, in their communities, and in themselves.
Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT)
Michigan Opera Theatre is the premier multi-disciplined producer and presenter for opera, musical theatre, and dance in the Great Lakes Region. Based in the city of Detroit, the organization engages artists of national and international stature for stellar main stage and outreach performances, and provides compelling cultural enrichment programs for the diverse audiences and communities that it serves, making it one of Detroit’s pillars of arts and culture.
Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe: Resident Group
The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe is a strong, participative membership giving of their time, talents, and treasury in innovative ways to enhance the living environment of the Grosse Pointes, the surrounding communities, and, through Rotary International and District 6400, the world at large.
Senior Men's Club of Grosse Pointe: Resident Group
The Senior Men's Club of Grosse Pointe provide festivities, fun and fellowship for its members through social, educational and peer group association in its recreational and social activities.
Sponsored sub-clubs include:
Bowling, golf, and tennis
Pool and billiards
Bridge (contract and duplicate)
Florida snow birds
Other activities include:
Fall dinner and dance
Services for Older Citizens (SOC)
Services for Older Citizens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors of the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods maintain their lives in independence and dignity. Each year, a large number of senior-friendly day trips are planned in partnership between The War Memorial and Services for Older Citizens.
Shakespeare in Detroit
Shakespeare in Detroit is a nonprofit organization that enhances and supports the cultural, educational, and financial growth of Detroit with professional theater created through a conscious lens of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Shakespeare in Detroit produces the classics, musicals, contemporary, and new works in equal measure throughout each season as the official Shakespeare organization of the city. The pioneering theater company attracts tourists from all over the world to see its world-class offerings of staged readings, theatrical productions and special events as a cultural force in Detroit. The company’s work also includes educational programming to complement and supplement the curriculums of K-12 students throughout Southeast Michigan.
The Family Center: Resident Group
The Family Center is a compass to help guide you to resources, professionals and information. Our community is rich in resources to assist parents but they can be difficult to find. The Family Center believes that by educating, connecting and supporting our families, we can share with caregivers the tools to succeed in this vital task of raising healthy children and building strong families.
The Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation was established by Sebastian S. Kresge in 1924 to promote human progress. “The brilliance of Sebastian Kresge is best exhibited in his guiding wish that the foundation ‘promote human progress.’ It is the responsibility of the board and staff to interpret his maxim and to take the foundation where it needs to go to be relevant in the 21st century. Redefining ourselves as a strategic philanthropy represents our efforts to fulfill this responsibility,” says Elaine D. Rosen, Chairwoman, Kresge Board of Trustees.
The Metropolitan Opera — New York City
The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world.
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, with its first opera house built on Broadway and 39th Street by a group of wealthy businessmen who wanted their own theater. In the company’s early years, the management changed course several times, first performing everything in Italian (even Carmen and Lohengrin), then everything in German (even Aida and Faust), before finally settling into a policy of performing most works in their original language, with some notable exceptions.
The Metropolitan Opera has always engaged many of the world’s most important artists. Christine Nilsson and Marcella Sembrich shared leading roles during the opening season. In the German seasons that followed, Lilli Lehmann dominated the Wagnerian repertory and anything else she chose to sing. In the 1890s, Nellie Melba and Emma Calvé shared the spotlight with the De Reszke brothers, Jean and Edouard, and two American sopranos, Emma Eames and Lillian Nordica. Enrico Caruso arrived in 1903, and by the time of his death 18 years later had sung more performances with the Met than with all the world’s other opera companies combined. American singers acquired even greater prominence with Geraldine Farrar and Rosa Ponselle becoming important members of the company. In the 1920s, Lawrence Tibbett became the first in a distinguished line of American baritones for whom the Met was home. Today, the Met continues to present the best available talent from around the world and also discovers and trains artists through its National Council Auditions and Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Met operas are frequently broadcast live into The Patriot Theater at The War Memorial.
From their studios in Midtown Detroit, WDET 101.9fm creates and curates an award-winning mix of news, music and cultural content that is unique as the city and region we serve. As Detroit's flagship NPR station, WDET broadcasts and contributes to popular national shows like Morning Edition and All Things Considered in addition to producing over 60 hours of original local programming each week.
WDET's mission is to be the authentic voice of Detroit. They serve an engaged, diverse, and curious audience through trusted news, inclusive conversations, and cultural experiences that empower our community to move forward.
To accomplish this mission, WDET is committed to:
Expanding the reach and impact of our award-winning local journalism service
Leading as a significant voice for the arts and a cultural convener
Contributing to the regional vitality by serving as a leader in Detroit’s national and international media presence
WRCJ 90.9fm is a listener-supported classical and jazz music public radio station managed by Detroit Public Television and the Detroit Educational Television Foundation Board of Trustees.
WRCJ's mission is to:
Encourage people to attend live concerts and events
Connect artists and arts organizations with greater audiences
Provide musical experiences for people of all ages
Promote arts education
Present the world’s best classical and jazz music
Wins for Warriors Foundation
Since 2013, MLB All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander has donated $1M directly to excellent veteran nonprofit organizations, and since 2011 had hosted over 5,000 veteran family members to experience a game in his suite at the stadium. After being so inspired by the support that was created for the military and veteran community through these programs, in 2016 he founded Wins for Warriors Foundation, a 501c3 charity, to empower military veterans with a strong focus on family-bonding activities and collaboration with other organizations.
Wyldlife's mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.