Glittering glass, music and more Dec. 6 at fundraiser for Dearborn Community Fund

DEARBORN – The Dearborn Community Fund invites the public to attend its first ever “Glitter, Glass, Giving” fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Glass Academy, 25331 Trowbridge.

Admission starts at $5, but $25 and up includes the opportunity to win door prizes. More creative or inquisitive guests can make an additional donation to try their hand at glass blowing through a “Big Bubble Blow” experience or they can make a glass paperweight or flower to take home.

Call the DCF at 313-943-5478 to reserve a spot or to learn about the variety of benefits at different donation levels.

A cash bar will be available where guests can enjoy wine and craft beer made by Dearborn Brewing.

The event offers guests the opportunity to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and glass blowing demonstrations as they browse through the Glass Academy’s gallery which will be brimming with hand-crafted items for sale.

“We’re excited to invite guests to join is in the creative environment of the Glass Academy’s 14,000-square-foot studio,” DCF Executive Director EmmaJean Woodyard said. “It’s the perfect venue to raise public awareness and support for the Dearborn Community Fund which focuses on supporting innovative projects that add to the vibrancy of our city.

“Whether you’ve been to the Glass Academy before or it’s your first visit, it’s always fascinating to watch the glass artists at work. And especially during their holiday glass exhibit, you’ll find a bounty of beautiful, one-of-a-kind hand crafted glass pieces.”

In addition to hand-blown glass ornaments and signature glass icicles in the holiday gallery, handcrafted custom works such as paperweights, beer mugs, and signature piece Detroit Puddle — created by pouring hot glass over a sewer cap — will be available for purchase.

Funds raised at will support work of the DCF. Some of the organization’s most recognizable work, which is funded entirely through contributions, include:

• Funding outdoor sculptures that are placed throughout the city; hosting writing and art workshops each winter that inspire creativity among fifth grade students.
• Coordinating the year-long Pockets of Perception program that brings together high school students from across the city to design permanent art that’s installed in public places, such as at City Hall Park, the Dearborn John D. Dingell Transit Center, and City Hall Artspace Lofts).
• Partnering with the Dearborn Public Schools to present the Youth Arts Festival, featuring performances by more than 200 students and launching the city-wide student art show each spring.
• Joining the city of Dearborn to host the Homecoming Festival which enables dozens of nonprofit groups to raise funds through food and beverage sales as the public enjoys three days of free entertainment, a carnival, and two nights of fireworks.
The DCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so portion of all donations are tax deductible.