Auto Glow lights the way to Detroit auto show Charity Preview , radiates support for the Children's Center.

by Marge Sorge


It’s that time of year, and we don’t mean the holidays.

It’s almost time for the North American International Auto Show and that means glitz, glamour and style – not just in the vehicle exhibits at Cobo Center, but on Charity Preview night.

One great place to celebrate before and after the preview and be part of some great work for kids is at AutoGlow, a gala benefit in support of The Children’s Center. The event is on January 13 at Ford Field and is hosted by Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford and his wife Lisa and Ford President and CEO Mark Fields and his wife Jane.

Tickets are $275 each when purchased on or before Dec. 16 and $325 after that and are now on sale.

Ford Motor Company is again the presenting sponsor and has supported The Children’s Center for more than 86 years. Since 1929 this organization has worked with children struggling with mental and behavioral health challenges or experiencing trauma. Annually, more than 7,500 children and families receive evidence-based therapeutic mental and behavioral health services to help them overcome emotional and intellectual challenges, trauma from abuse, neglect and poverty.


AutoGlow promises to be great fun.

After you “Pass Go” with Children’s Center Monopoly game you’ll enjoy the culinary talents of Levy Restaurants, including a pre-event reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, full strolling dinner service, desserts, open bar, and a late-night breakfast. If you’re still rearing to go after walking around on that hard Cobo floor there’s live music and dancing to the Nightline band.

During the evening you’ll find some fun elements of the Monopoly game scattered about field from inspiration for the menu to activities and some design elements.

Guests can also take a “Chance” on a raffle featuring round-trip airfare to Europe made possible by AutoGlow sponsor Delta Air Lines. There will be two winners, each receiving two Delta One tickets to Europe from Detroit. Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.

AutoGlow runs from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Included with every ticket is access to the pre-event reception, main celebration, complimentary valet parking, and private transportation service between AutoGlow at Ford Field, NAIAS Charity Preview at Cobo Center and The Westin Book Cadillac.

All AutoGlow ticket holders must also purchase NAIAS Charity Preview tickets. To order call (888) 838-7500. Tickets are $400 each ($390 of which is tax deductible) and available now at or call (888) 838-7500.

The Charity Preview runs form 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Stick around and see The Beach Boys, who perform at 9 p.m.


“It might be cold in Detroit but Charity Preview attendees will be dreaming about tropical breezes and sand beneath their toes as they hear memorable tunes from one of the most widely recognized musical groups in the world, The Beach Boys,” says Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS Chairman.

For AutoGlow tickets and sponsorship information, visit or call The Children’s Center at (313) 481-5106.

The Children’s Center is one of eight charities benefiting from North American International Auto Show Charity Preview proceeds.

To date, organizations sponsoring the 2017 AutoGlow include Presenting Sponsor Ford Motor Company; Platinum Sponsor BASF Corporation; Gold Sponsors Cadillac Asphalt, DENSO, Harman International, Henniges Automotive; and Silver Sponsors A.T. Kearney, The Detroit Lions and GTB.  Joining these sponsors are in-kind Travel Sponsor Delta Air Lines, in-kind Venue Sponsor Ford Field, Exclusive Magazine Sponsor HOUR Magazine, in-kind Food & Beverage Sponsor Levy Restaurants, and in-kind Video Sponsor Ringside Creative.

For a complete list of sponsors, visit