Soiree 2015

9 Oct 2015

It has been two weeks since we hosted our third annual Soiree Benefit Dinner and auction. We are still experiencing the joy and energy that was in the room that night, and we feel motivated to grow Willow Tree even more.

What a great night! Guests arrived to a beautiful spread of appetizers and several games to play. This year we did a pick of the auction raffle, which allowed the winner to chose any silent auction item off the tables and keep it without paying the current bid. We also had a date night tree. For $20, guests were promised a date night worth at least $20, but for many it was much more! 


For the first hour, guests enjoyed appetizers and drinks while they mingled and bid on silent auction items. When the silent auction tables closed, we enjoyed a delicious dinner. Following dinner was the live auction. Emily shared a story about her postpartum experience, which moved many in the audience to tears. She talked about why we have Willow Tree and our programs are here to impact women like her. During the live auction, we also had a fun eukelele demonstration! What a blast!


When the auction was over, guests enjoyed dessert and played trivia for prizes. The night closed with dancing, and maybe people stayed until the very end.


We are beyond humbled by the outpouring of support at our event. This year we raised just over $11,000 for Willow Tree! What an amazing accomplishment!



Thank you to everyone who donated items for the silent and live auction. Thank you to everyone who came and participated. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to plan and execute the event. Thank you to all of those who couldn't attend and still sent a donation in their absence. Willow Tree is only around because of all of you. Because of you, we will be able to serve and grow our community this year.

From our Fundraising and Sustainability Committee, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 

Special Thank You for all our Auction Donations!

American Home Fitness

Bed Bath and Beyond

Biggby Coffee

Captured in Clay

Cassie Todd

Christine Mott


Cortney Tovestin Photography

Court One

Craig's Autobody

Dave Birney

Detroit Tigers

Disney World

Douglas J

Elizabeth Marvel

The English Inn

Family Video

Gentle Strength Midwifery

Global Glassworks

Goldfish Swim School

Hawk Hallow

Impressions Five

Infinity Chiropractic

Jamie Williams

Janet Schrock

Joe Kozlowski

Kathy Driggs

Kip Kozlowski

Lansing Lugnuts

Laura Plee

Little Green Branches

Magic Nuudles

Marialina Tillman

Mary Kay


Merindorf Meats

Molly Massage

MSU Athletics


Old Chicago

Old Town Association


Potter Park Zoo

Pure Barre

Rubie's Paradise Salon


Sigh Music Studio

Stories on the Move


Susan Maples, DDS

Tanenbaum Farms

Unfinished Ministires

Veronica LaDuke

Volz Family Chiropractic

Wee Babes Handknits

Zoobie's Old Town Tavern