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Here is our list of organized events planned for Summer Symposium 2017. Note that some events will require a ticket.



But don't stop here! We have a full list of recommended restaurants, cultural tours, sport outings, and activities for you to consider adding to your Detroit itinerary. 

Thursday, July 13
Summer in the City - volunteer opportunity for partners and spouses
9:00am - 2:00pm
Cost: Free

Founded in 2002, Summer in the City ("SITC") has changed the way young people volunteer in Detroit and the impact their work has on the city and region. Because SITC values collaboration and regionalism all projects are done in partnership with organizations in Detroit. SITC brings together volunteers from all across Metro Detroit to engage each other and invest their creativity and compassion in Detroit.

Partners and spouses traveling with GI members will have the opportunity to volunteer on a full-day mural painting project at a Detroit community center.

Downtown Detroit tour - opportunity for partners and spouses
10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $20

Explore the plan for the city from the ground up. Way up! Historic high-rises, towering monuments, grand boulevards, parks and plazas are all part of this groundbreaking tour. Spanning over 300 years of Detroit history, see Detroit gems from streetscape to skyline. This tour is 2 to 2.5 hours long and takes place rain or shine.


Friday, July 14
Ford Innovation and Philanthropy Tour
1:00 - 6:00pm
Cost: $55 (open to attendees and partners)

Visit the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation with its 250 acres of innovation, 300 years of history and 26 million artifacts. Rediscover America through hundreds of hands-on exhibits and a docent-led "Innovation Tour". Jim Vella, President of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services has agreed to join our tour and speak personally about Ford's commitment to philanthropy. Additionally, attendees will also tour examples of Ford's investments in the community.

Dine Arounds
7:00pm
Cost: on own (open to attendees and partners)

From classic Detroit fare to gourmet dining, attendees can sign up during the Symposium for dine arounds to enjoy great conversation, great food and great surroundings at local restaurants.


Night, Saturday, July 15
Progressive Dinner with Rock Venture
6:00 - 10:30pm
Cost: $175

Saturday evening’s “progressive” event will offer a true taste of Detroit cuisine, architecture, history, and business, as we move between several Detroit locations. Cocktails on a rooftop patio, followed by dinner in a recently renovated building, and entertainment in a third location, provides a chance for us to spend one last night with our Giving Institute colleagues and to learn more about business and corporate philanthropy from Rock Ventures, our hosts for the evening.


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