I appreciate your interest in the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s work and our premier fundraising event, Shimmer on the River, which this year will honor Marlene and John Boll in the newly renovated Cobo Center Riverfront Ballroom on Thursday, September 12th. Now in its fourth year, Shimmer annually draws hundreds of people from throughout the region for an evening of food, networking, music, and fun.
This year also marks the Conservancy’s 10th anniversary of working to develop a riverfront that annually provides more than 3 million metro Detroit residents and visitors with a safe, beautiful and accessible waterfront that offers diverse programs, special events, and a lovely venue to visitors to the riverfront annually. Additionally, Detroit River Days brings more that 150,000 visitors to the riverfront annually, while educational programs like the General Motors – sponsored “Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront” focuses on youth literacy.
The riverfront has also provided an excellent return on investment. A recent study commissioned by the Conservancy and conducted by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International (CSL) indicates that over the last 10 years, the riverfront has spurred $1 billion in total public and private sector investment and created thousand of jobs. The study also predicts more $1 billion in future investment and spending.
Your support of our 2013 Shimmer on the River by purchasing a ticket or sponsorship will play a crucial role in funding the continued development, maintenance, security, and programming of a riverfront that has become a vital part of the entire Detroit community and our collective quality of life. Many thanks in advance for your support.
I look forward to seeing you September 12th!
Faye Alexander Nelson
President & CEO
About The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 with the mission to develop public access to Detroit’s riverfront and serve as an anchor for economic development. As the permanent stewards of the riverfront public spaces, which include the RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut, the Conservancy is responsible for raising the funds needed for the construction, operation, maintenance, security and programming. The Conservancy’s ultimate vision is to develop five-and-a-half miles of riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge on the west to Gabriel Richard Park, just east of the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle. The first phase of the project, three miles along the east riverfront, is now 80 percent complete and spans from Joe Louis Arena to Gabriel Richard Park. In the summer of 2012, the Conservancy launched the final construction phases needed to complete the east riverfront development project and connect the RiverWalk and its associated green spaces, plazas and parks.
Visit www.detroitriverfront.org for more information.