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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. 

During the day, Thursday, July 13
Summer in the City - volunteer opportunity for partners and spouses
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 (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) mural painting project at a Detroit community center.

Downtown Detroit tour
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.


Afternoon, Friday, July 14
Ford Rouge Factory and Ford Fund Philanthropy Tour
Completely reimagined, the factory has undergone a sweeping transformation to become a model of 21st-century sustainable design and showcases how community, business and the environment can thrive together in a single environment. Participants will walk through a real-life truck plant, view one of the world's largest "living roofs," and see a gallery of iconic Ford vehicles produced at the Rouge. 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

From classic Detroit fare to gourmet dining, attendees can sign up for our dine arounds to enjoy great conversation, great food and great surroundings.



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