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1920s roar back into Detroit to help the homeless with The Great Gatsby party

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No bathtub gin, no gangsters, no revenue men, but there will be speakeasy at the Roaring Twenties style black-tie Detroit Gatsby Winter Gala that will help provide warm clothing, blankets and nourishing meals for the homeless in Detroit.

It’s a party you won’t want to miss. As F. Scott Fitzgerald writes in The Great Gatsby, “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”


The step back in time to the first modern decade will take place on March 5 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Charles T. Fisher Mansion and will benefit the Eimers Foundation. Tickets are $100 online and $120 at the door and can be purchased in advance at

The Eimers Foundation was founded by 13-year-old Robby Eimers at the young age of 11 and it has done much in its two years to help the homeless.

Every Saturday he delivers warm clothing, blankets and nourishing meals to Detroit’s homeless. To continue his work Eimers wants to buy a food truck so even more people can be helped. All silent auction proceeds will go directly to help him reach that goal and expand his efforts to help his friends. For Robby, Sharing is Caring.

“We are honored to support an incredible young man like Robby Eimers who at the age of 13 is making such an enormous contribution to his community and to the disadvantaged of Detroit,”” says Alison Chevalier, who is organizing the event. “Robby is a wonderful example of the difference one person can make within his community. And there is no better venue than the historic Charles T. Fisher mansion, a true architectural treasure. We’re excited to provide our guests with a truly authentic 1920s experience, all while helping a great cause.”

You should also know Eimer’s 10-year-old sister, Emma, also gets involved. Her passion is to help animals and become a veterinarian so she started her own foundation called Furry Friends. She collects food for homeless animals and often delivers them to the pets of homeless.

That takes courage. Many of the homeless have big dogs to protect them and they live in tents in the fields, under bridges, in alleys or in abandon buildings. That doesn’t deter Emma. When she finds about one of these pets she takes food to them. As Robbie says “Most of us won’t go near the dogs, but Emma loves them and the dogs know it.”

When you step into the opulent 15,000 sq.-ft. 1922 English Tudor-style Charles T. Fisher Mansion in Detroit’s Boston Edison district you’re in for a treat. This is the first time the home has been opened to special guests.


The details of the mansion are beyond impressive. The marble dance floor in the ballroom is stunning and be sure to check out the hidden speakeasy.

The 1920s atmosphere will be reenacted to its best ability (with maybe a hint of the modern) with authentic Hot Jazz provided by the Phil Ogilvie Rhythm Kings. Guests can quench their thirst at the champagne bar and fortify themselves with popular food from the era including oysters, shrimp cocktail and decadent desserts by Chef Brian Psenski. Cocktails and sudsy pints from Fort Street Brewery will be served in the speakeasy.

Fortune tellers also will be on hand and the Riffin’ Sisters will perform a tap dance number or two to give guests a breather from dancing the Charleston.

There is a certain irony in choosing the 1920s for a benefit since it is one of, if not the, most decadent of America’s eras but in another very fitting. Detroit saw great boom in the ‘20s, partially because of auto manufacturing, but also by less legal means.  Due to the proximity to Canada it was one of the major suppliers of illegal alcohol to the country… which lead to the rise of the infamous Purple Gang.

Here are a couple of quotes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby that you might want to use as a conversation starter at the party.

“It takes two to make an accident.”

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” Conversations about what that means are endless.


Robby Eimers

There is one quote that does not fit anyone attending this party, and certainly not Robby Eimers. “Human sympathy has its limits, and we were contented to let all their tragic arguments fade with the city lights behind.” This one fits them better. “As I walked on I was lonely no longer. I was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler.”

If you want to learn more about the Eimers Foundation or Furry Friends please visit the website or the Facebook page.

The Detroit Winter Gala is sponsored by Pretty Bird Detroit, UAW-Ford National Programs Center and

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