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redwoodward-dream-cruise-2011-01-xlBUF of Michigan, a non-profit organization whose heritage is identifying and funding innovative programs that reach a diverse demographic throughout the state of Michigan, announces the 3rd Annual Drives & Dreams – Celebrating Cars & Causes event, a young professionals charity and networking party inside the city, to kick off Dream Cruise Weekend. The event is hosted by BUF’s young professionals and influencer arm BUF Connect, and will take place Friday, August 19 at 6pm at the historic Detroit Golf Club.

BUF is honored to have the support of our Winner’s Circle Partner, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Corporate

sponsors include Prestige Automotive, Rogers Chevrolet, and First Independence Bank. Janice Rogers and Vivian Pickard are representing as private sponsors and will be among our 17 hot car exhibitors. The

event stresses the importance of giving back, but also offers guests a unique opportunity to participate

in one of Metro Detroit’s most celebrated weekends of the year, within Detroit city limits.

Attendees will be greeted by beautiful classic and luxury vehicles displayed on the prestigious grounds of

the Detroit Golf Club. They will get the opportunity to view and interact with some of the vehicles and

participate in meaningful networking with local professionals and influencers such as internationally

renowned financial guru and author Gail Perry Mason, speaker and entrepreneur Shawn Blanchard, and

Lincoln Head Designer Earl Lucas. They’ll also enjoy complimentary champagne and hors ‘doeuvres as

they take their chances in a hole-in-one challenge and vie for high-end raffle prizes and much more, all

while listening to the sounds of live DJ Andre Terrell and Larry Lee and the Back in the Day Band.


To further exhibit BUF Connect’s dedication to giving back and philanthropy, the organization will

express appreciation for the community advocacy of local influencers, honoring youth advocate Odis

Bellinger, Detroit Chapter NAACP President Donnell White, and non-profit Leader Yodit Mesfin Johnson during the event program.


More than 300 guests are expected to attend Drives & Dreams, which supports BUF Connect’s mission

of promoting philanthropy among young, progressive professionals and influencers in Michigan.

Proceeds will aid community organizations and BUF of MI’s innovative programming. Visit

http://www.bufmi.org to purchase tickets or to learn more about partnership opportunities.

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