Beaumont’s Red Tie Ball: Gatsby and Giving

Photo courtesy of Beaumont Health
Red Tie Ball Chairman Patrick Rugiero (center) with his son, Patrizio (left), and daughter Isabella at the 2016 event.

Gala benefits Neonatal Intensive Care and the Center for Exceptional Families

DEARBORN — Beaumont’s 12th Annual Red Tie Ball is set to take place May 6 at the Dearborn Inn. More than 600 guests are expected to participate in the event which will raise money to support the Center for Exceptional Families and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn.

Event Chairman Patrick Rugiero, executive director of Roman Village Restaurant Group, and auction chairwoman, Jae Vitale Plawecki, owner of JVP Enterprises, are leading a team to create an elegant evening for guests with a lively Gatsby-period theme. Guests are encouraged to dress in their ’20s-era finery and, of course, a red tie.

“I have the pleasure, once again, of working beside a group of individuals that is very passionate about supporting area children who are in need of special care and services,” Rugiero said. “Our goal is always to raise the most money we can for the children’s programs, but we are also committed to ensuring that those who give are thanked by enjoying a wonderful evening with friends and other community members.”
With a fundraising goal of $300,000, the evening will feature silent and live auctions. More than 75 items will be auctioned off. Items include a week’s stay in an Italian villa, helicopter rides over the city of Detroit, sports memorabilia, unique jewelry, family events, fine wine and many other pampering packages.

Reservations and sponsorships start at $275 and are currently being accepted at or by calling 313-586-5234. The doors open at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and music by the Rick Lieder Band.

The NICU at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn is a critical care area that supports infants in need of very specialized services during a crucial time in their young lives. After birth, a baby must make many physical adjustments to life outside of the womb in order to make this transition successfully.

It is not uncommon for issues to arise in infants born prematurely, during difficult labor and deliveries or with conditions that put their survival or development at risk.  Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn’s NICU was created to care for these infants.

The NICU admits about 550 critically ill infants annually. Approximately 10 percent of these newborns are transported from other community hospitals in southeast Michigan.

The Center for Exceptional Families in Dearborn offers a medical home model of care, providing comprehensive and innovative medical, rehabilitation, recreational and supportive care for children with special needs and their families. Children treated at CEF range from mild developmental delays to multiply impaired children with fragile health conditions. Services also include an Autism Diagnostic Clinic and Children’s Multidisciplinary Specialty Clinic.

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