The Detroit River has been the source of drinking water, irrigation, recreation and a gateway for shipping transportation – in essence, the lifeline of Detroit. Yet it was not until 2003, after decades of abandonment and disrepair of the riverfront, that that non-profit Detroit Riverfront Conservancy was established . The organization’s mission was to create a bold breathtaking plan to develop a green and accessible public space that would span five-and-a-half-miles, from bridge to bridge and beyond. To date, three miles of developed riverfront that include a RiverWalk and safe, spotless, stretches of parks, plaza’s, pavilions and greenways connect the citizens of the City and the region to the very waterway upon which the City was established, more than 300 years ago.
The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s development efforts represent a public-private partnership supported by many different entities including foundations, corporations, all levels of government, individuals and families, as well as the broad-based community. And while much has been accomplished, there is much work that remains to be completed including raising all of the funds necessary to support the Conservancy’s operations and maintenance responsibilities.
The non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is pleased to present the third annual Shimmer on the River gala fundraiser on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Cobo Conference/ Exhibition Center to support the construction as well as the on-going operations, maintenance, security and programming of the Detroit riverfront and associated green spaces. The 2012 Shimmer on the River Honorary Co-Chairs are Sandy & Tom Pierce and Maureen & Roy Roberts.
We welcome you to join us for this magical night! Through your generous support, all things are once again possible on Detroit beautiful Riverfront.