Saks Blast raised over $600,000 in the fight against cancer
Over 800 people flooded the rooftop of Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy, Michigan on Friday, August 26 for the first ever Saks Blast event. The fashion-flavored event, hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue, was a dual-benefit supporting the work of both the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) of Detroit and Transition to Betterness (T2B) of Windsor. Passionate supporters of KCI and T2B, Stephanie and Barry Zekelman, served as event chairs for the evening.
Karmanos and T2B share a common goal of fighting for and caring for those affected by cancer and both organizations do wonderful things for the communities they serve. Saks Blast 2011 brought together two great charities from two different countries for the sole purpose of supporting the fight against cancer.
Guests of Saks Blast were treated to a strolling reception and shopping at Saks before being invited to the rooftop for the tented program and Fall 2011 Trend Fashion Show. Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville were on hand as well to meet guests that evening.
The program was led by Stephanie and Barry Zekelman and boasted a live auction and raffle for guests. The auction, with impressive luxury experience packages, raised $34,000 and the raffle, featuring lavish fashion items, brought in nearly $10,000.
Saks Blast fundraising efforts included a Match Grant challenge sponsored by The Carlyle Group, Compuware Corporation, Lil and Alex Erdeljan, JMC Steel Group and The Barry and Stephanie Zekelman Foundation. Match Grant Sponsors matched all donations made that evening, dollar-for-dollar, up to $125,000.
The party continued after the main event at the Capital Grille and Somerset Collection’s North Court for food, drinks, and dancing.
Other sponsors included New York Sponsors: FA Investments; GMP Capital, Inc.; JP Morgan; K-Scrap Resources Ltd.; Denise and Armand Lauzon; Rafih Automotive Group; Resultz Media Group; Southland Insurance; Stikeman Elliott LLP; Teach N' Toys; U.S. Steel Corporation; and Valiant Machine.
Detroit Sponsors included: Jennifer Hyde-Breasbois; Nikki and Bruce Halle; Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone; Petretta Construction; PVS Chemicals, Inc.; The Suburban Collection, Jennifer and David Fischer; Michele & Anthony Toldo; and Windsor Family Credit Union.