Big Band Ball benefits the arts in Taylor

TAYLOR — Tickets are on sale for the third annual Big Band Ball, set for March 21 at the Grecian Center, 16300 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate.


The event, a benefit for the Taylor Friends of the Arts, is presented by the Taylor Cultural Arts Commission. Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.


Dancing to the big band music of Larry Huntington and the Skyliners is scheduled for 7:30 to 11 p.m.


A cash bar will be open from 6 to 10:30 p.m. A dinner performance by Girls’ Night Out is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m., and a silent auction will held from 6 to 9 p.m.


Tickets are available in advance only for $45 each or $80 per couple.


“The Big Band Ball has been a huge success the last two years,” said Debbie Hamilton of the Friends of the Arts and the Taylor Department of Golf, Parks and Recreation. “We moved to a larger venue last year because of the demand, and it was a great move. The beautiful Grecian Center is a wonderful place for this annual fund-raiser.”


The commission’s goal is to enhance Taylor and the Downriver area by promoting the arts. Hamilton said proceeds will benefit various art-related ventures.


“As a commission, we are proud of our accomplishments over the last four years,” she said. “We’ve established a scholarship fund for graduating seniors going into the arts, provided several theatrical performances to sold-out crowds, commissioned a beautiful sculpture by Taylor artist Keith Coleman that was installed at the Taylor Petting Farm, given viable opportunities for musicians and actors to perform and gave support to our crown jewel, Taylor Ballet Americana.


“We truly are looking forward to the growth of cultural arts in the city of Taylor over the next several years.”
For more information call the Parks and Recreation Department at (734) 374-3906 or go to To charge tickets by phone, call (734) 287-6318.


Taylor Friends of the Arts is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.