Walsh College hosts 1st annual “Spring Soiree” at the Royal Oak Farmers Market – A benefit for the Walsh College Scholarship Fund.

Walsh College hosts 1st annual “Spring Soiree” at the Royal Oak Farmers Market – A benefit for the Walsh College Scholarship Fund.

By Robere Lett | Publisher

Walsh College presented its first annual Spring Soiree fundraiser on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Over three hundred attendees raised over $97,000 for this amazing cause.  Spring was definitely in the air with the incredibly transformed Farmers Market where it took on a whole new look and feel with beautiful floral accents and wonderfully colored lanterns amid twinkling lights. The Spring Soiree is an event dedicated to students, the monies raised goes to assist many students attending Walsh College in continuing their journey to higher education by aiding with tuition costs. Guests enjoyed craft beer tastings from Brooks Brewing, Sherwood Brewery, and the Royal Oak Brewery; wine tasting from the private collections of Van Conway and Bob Cummings. The participating food trucks Hero or Villain, along with The Salt & Sugar Company, Chef in a Box, and Eskimo Jack’s served their most popular dishes.

 “This event helps support Walsh College students and is a great opportunity to network with business professionals and to reconnect with alumni and former classmates,” said Andrea Richards, assistant director, Special Events & Donor Stewardship, Walsh College.


The festive mood lighting set the stage for a wonderful evening of food, fun, and fundraising.

Table top florals added just the right touch.

Guests were treated to signature beers and brews, and great food from the many colorful food trucks.

One of the many colorful food trucks.

The DJ spun great tunes from the electric sound stage.

Beautiful bartenders served assorted brews.

Guests had fun eating and learning about beers, brews, and wines from the various vendors and wine experts.

The participating vendors:

Brooks Brewing

Sherwood Brewery

Royal Oak Brewery

Hero or Villain

The Salt & Sugar Company

Chef in a Box

Eskimo Jacks

The private wine collections of Van Conway and Bob Cummings.

Spring Soiree contributing sponsor board.

The Spring Soiree raffle board.

All proceeds benefit the Walsh College Scholarship Fund. The all-inclusive tickets were $100 and included a tax deduction for your 2017 tax return.

Visit the Walsh College Spring Soiree webpage (http://foundation.walshcollege.edu/SpringSoiree) for more information and to donate toward this great cause.  If you stop by the site be sure to let them know that Haute is sent you!

Events images: Robere Lett for Haute is… Magazine.

About Walsh College:


Walsh means business– for students, employers, and communities in Southeastern Michigan. Eighty-six percent of Walsh graduates remain in the region once they have completed their education, growing their businesses, careers, and families. As an independent, nonprofit institution, we bolster the Southeastern Michigan economy with affordable business-and technology-related degree programs that are responsive to local needs. Private dollars help us achieve our goals.

As a private not-for-profit institution, every gift, no matter the size, can have an impact. For instance, the average scholarship offered to students is $1,000 to $1,500, so every gift has a chance to make an impact! A Walsh College education is an investment in the future. Your gift ensures that future for the next generation of successful business professionals, and leaders.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact a member of our Development Staff, or email us at development@walshcollege.edu



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