Oakwood’s Red Tie Ball surpasses fundraising goal—again

The 9th annual Oakwood Red Tie Ball, sponsored by the Inge A. Rose trust in honor of Dr. George Hnatiuk, surpassed its fundraising goal again this year.

About 430 attendees, along with the event sponsors, generated more than $415,000 at the fundraiser, which took place at the historic Fox Theatre in Detroit. The funds will once again go to support the Oakwood Center for Exceptional Families and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

“We truly appreciate the generosity shown by everyone who took part in this exceptional event,” said Carla O’Malley, Executive Director and President of the Oakwood Foundation. “The overwhelming response from our supporters allows Oakwood to continue to provide the highest quality care to these special children and their families and to be able to give more tomorrows through these vital programs.”

Attendees also had an opportunity to enjoy performances by a tribute to Diana Ross and the Supremes.

The NICU cares for about 400 premature and/or at-risk infants annually—and many of them require long-term medical care, therapy or other support. The Center for Exceptional Families provides care for more than 3,000 children with special needs—and their families—throughout southeastern Michigan. It is a nationally-recognized facility providing unique services of all sorts, from medical care to physical therapy, support groups and more, under one roof. Proceeds from the Red Tie Ball event will help secure state of the art equipment, provide advanced clinician training and offer much-needed family support, including medical visits and specialized programs. A portion will also benefit an endowment fund.

For highlights and photos from the event, visit www.oakwood.org/foundation.  

CUTLINE: Carla O'Malley, executive director and president of the Oakwood Foundation, thanks sponsors and attendees who helped raise more than $415,000 at the 9th annual Red Tie Ball.