Detroit Symphony Orchestra Heroes Gala Dinner
honoring Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen

On Saturday, June 14, the DSO will honor Detroit luminaries Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen at the fourth annual Heroes Gala Dinner, aiming to raise more than $1 million for the DSO. The dinner and dancing will take place immediately following a special one-night-only fundraising concert by Oscar-winning composer John Williams and legendary director Steven Spielberg in Orchestra Hall benefitting the DSO. Gala Dinner packages, which also include tickets to this special concert, are available for purchase now.

Beyond their well-documented dedication to the transformation of the city of Detroit, Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans, and Cullen, President and CEO of Rock Ventures, were instrumental in working through the mediation process between the DSO and its musicians in 2011 and arranged the DSO’s wildly successful Kid Rock concert in 2012, which raised $1 million for the organization. The two Detroit visionaries have contributed generously to the DSO by helping to raise funds necessary to support its extensive community work in schools, places of worship, senior living centers and beyond. The DSO’s newly ratified three-year contract with its musicians makes it particularly fitting to recognize Gilbert and Cullen’s significant contributions to this process.

The celebration will include a gourmet dinner, dessert reception, late-night dancing, and other special activities, all taking place at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.


 

Our 2014 Heroes

Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures, the umbrella entity for his investments and real estate, and Quicken Loans, the nation’s third largest mortgage lender and the majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2010, Gilbert began moving his family of companies from suburban Detroit to the city’s central business district to lead the revitalization of a great American city. Since then, he has created thousands of jobs and invested $1.3 billion to purchase and renovate more than 40 properties in downtown Detroit. Today, more than 12,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit. In September 2013, Dan was named co-chair of the Blight Removal Task Force, a group created by the Obama Administration to create a detailed plan to remove all blighted structures in Detroit. In addition, Dan is a Principle of Detroit Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that funds start-up and early-stage technology companies in Detroit; Founder and President of Bizdom, a non-profit startup business accelerator with operations in Detroit and Cleveland and Vice Chairman of Detroit’s M-1 Rail initiative.

Matt Cullen

Matthew Cullen is President and Chief Executive Officer of Rock Ventures, the umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance, and integration to Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies and investments. In addition, Cullen is the Chief Executive Officer of Rock Gaming, which acquired a majority interest in Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel. A 29-year veteran of General Motors (GM), Cullen was chief architect of GM’s $500 million acquisition and development of the Renaissance Center as the automaker’s global headquarters. Since 2003, he has helped oversee the billion dollar redevelopment of the city’s international riverfront as the founding chairman of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. Cullen serves as volunteer President and CEO of the M-1 Rail initiative and is a member of the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force. He is also a long-time DSO supporter and involved in a variety of educational, non-profit philanthropic endeavors in Detroit.



About the Heroes Gala

The DSO founded the Heroes Gala in 2010 in honor of the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the organization. Previous honorees are Jim Nicholson, President and CEO of PVS Chemicals Inc.; Lloyd Reuss, former President of the General Motors Corp; and Barbara Van Dusen, beloved supporter of the arts in Detroit.

Gala Tickets

Packages for the fourth annual DSO Heroes Gala are available now from $500-$10,000 and can be purchased by calling 313-576-5088 or contacting ksherwood@dso.org, or by completing and mailing the following advance response form (PDF).

Concert-only tickets will be released on April 14 for $30-$250 and will be available at dso.org, or by calling the box office at 313-576-5111.

Diamond Level — $10,000 per Person / $100,000 Table of Ten  CALL 313-576-5088 FOR AVAILABILITY 

- DSO Concert with John Williams and Steven Spielberg: Box Level or Main Floor seating of your choice anywhere in Orchestra Hall
- Premier seating for the Gala Dinner following the concert
- Specially selected Diamond level favor bag
- Dancing Afterglow
- Access to Cigar Terrace and Sports Lounge
- Valet Parking
- Your name or corporate logo prominently listed at the Diamond level
- Prominently-placed full-page ad or message in the commemorative program for the evening

 

Emerald Level — $5,000 per Person / $50,000 Table of Ten

- DSO Concert with John Williams and Steven Spielberg: Box Level or Main Floor seating
- Premier seating for the Gala Dinner following the concert
- Specially selected Emerald level favor bag
- Dancing Afterglow
- Access to Cigar Terrace and Sports Lounge
- Valet Parking
- Your name or corporate logo prominently listed at the Emerald level
- Full-page ad or message in the commemorative program for the evening

 

Platinum Level — $2,500 per Person / $25,000 Table of Ten

- DSO Concert with John Williams and Steven Spielberg: Main Floor Center or Dress Circle seating
- Gala Dinner following the concert
- Specially selected Platinum level favor bag
- Dancing Afterglow
- Access to Cigar Terrace and Sports Lounge
- Valet Parking
- Your name or corporate logo prominently listed at the Platinum level
- Half-page ad or message in the commemorative program for the evening

 

Gold Level — $1,000 per Person / $10,000 Table of Ten    CALL 313-576-5088 FOR AVAILABILITY 

- DSO Concert with John Williams and Steven Spielberg: Dress Circle or Main Floor side seating
- Gala Dinner following the concert
- Dancing Afterglow
- Access to Cigar Terrace and Sports Lounge
- Valet Parking
- Your name or corporate logo prominently listed at the Gold level
- Quarter-page ad or message in the commemorative program for the evening

 

Pearl Level — $500 per Person / $5,000 Table of Ten  (SOLD OUT)

- DSO Concert with John Williams and Steven Spielberg: Main Floor side seating
- Gala Dinner following the concert
- Dancing Afterglow
- Access to Cigar Terrace and Sports Lounge
- Valet Parking
- Your name listed at the Gold level
- Eighth-page ad or message in the commemorative program for the evening