Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Summer officially arrived on the calendar this past week, although it seems the concept of Michigan having four defined seasons is a thing of the past. Our weather patterns seem to get whackier with each passing year, which is great for breathless television meteorologists warning on a near-daily basis the approach of the next storm of the century, but not so much for those of us planning outdoor parties or events.

We’re adding to the summer fun this year by moving the Chamber’s annual Vine & Dine event from its customary September date to July 20. And to add to the excitement, we have moved the food and wine extravaganza to the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, which will give guests a new, art-themed experience.

There is no doubt that Vine & Dine is a great party, and we hope it is going to turn into an annual not-to-be-missed summer affair. But it also supports an important cause in Oakland County through a partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

By earmarking a portion of the proceeds from Vine & Dine to Gleaners, the event over the years has provided tens of thousands of meals for those in need in our county. According to Gleaners President DeWayne Wells, demand for their services is increasing as the state continues its slow economic recovery, especially in suburban communities.

The Chamber is excited to provide a new option for those planning to stay closer to home this summer. What could be better than a terrific summer party that also benefits an outstanding local charity? For more details on Vine & Dine please visit the Chamber Web site at www.bbcc.com

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