Extravaganza!

Extravaganza is our chapter’s big, annual fundraising event  — the main way we fund the international programs that we host in Detroit. Each year, these programs bring more than 100 youth and adults from around the world to the Detroit area.  Our young people from the Detroit area are able to participate in CISV programs around the world only because we host CISV programs here in Detroit.

Extravaganza helps us do that — and it’s also a fun opportunity to connect with people who share CISV’s vision of peace through global friendship.

 When and where

In 2017, Extravaganza will be held on Friday, May 12 at the historic Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle, which normally is open only to Yacht Club members. The Yacht Club chefs serve a delicious international buffet, while our CISV chapter members show off their baking talents on the dessert table. There is a cash bar for guests 21 and older.

Directions to the Detroit Yacht Club are here.  The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends around 10 p.m. Parking is free.

Extravaganza is a lively evening in a classic Detroit landmark. Dress is fancy, but not formal. Although this is not an event designed for young people, many members of the chapter’s Junior Branch enjoy attending and eating an elegant meal with their friends by the Detroit River.

Tickets

Each regularly-priced Extravaganza ticket is $100, which includes dinner and a stub that’s entered into a reverse raffle worth several thousand dollars (the size of the pot depends on how many Extravaganza tickets are sold).  Separate dinner-only tickets may be purchased for $40.
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To purchase tickets with a credit card or via a Paypal account, please go here. 
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Two $100 tickets to Extravaganza already are included in the program fee paid by each Detroit delegate participating in a CISV program in 2017.
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For information about a new way to support CISV financially — by sponsoring a CISV delegation traveling to or from Detroit — contact Emilia Askari at easkari.cisv@gmail.com. Sponsors will receive special recognition at Extravaganza.

Volunteer

We need many volunteers to make Extravaganza a success. First, we need people to help sell tickets and sponsorships. See contact information just above.
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We need people and companies to donate services and items for a silent auction and basket raffle. In addition, every traveling delegation is expected to donate one such basket.  For details, contact Amy Butters at amybutters@aol.com.
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Other activities at Extravaganza include Raffle Bingo, a CISV informational video and dessert provided by chapter members. If you’d like to help with those, please contact Julie Miller at julie.h.miller@wayne.edu.
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Here’s how the Extravaganza reverse raffle works: Raffle ticket numbers associated with each $100 ticket are placed on a large number board displayed at the front of the dining room. At a designated time after dinner, the raffle tickets are drawn one by one and the numbers on the board are removed — slowly and with much suspense.
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When your number is called you are “out” and you are invited to pick a consolation prize. When the board is down to 10 numbers, the remaining ticket holders meet as a group and decide how to proceed. They might decide to split the pot evenly among themselves. Or they might decide to try their luck with more drawings.
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One thing is certain: Everyone leaves with a stuffed animal that’s dressed in a CISV shirt.

Why

Internationally, CISV runs hundreds of similar programs every year in 70 countries. These programs, like the ones we host in Detroit, are powered by volunteers who believe in hospitality, reciprocity and the idea that bringing people of different cultures together will make the world a better place.

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CISV Detroit is one of a handful of US chapters committed to hosting an international program every year. Participants learn from and about each other, using a CISV curriculum in multicultural understanding. Please help us cover those bills by supporting Extravaganza.
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We also could use donations of time and in-kind services to help the camps we host run smoothly.
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Hosting CISV programs takes a lot of money and effort, but is critical to our mission of developing global citizens who understand that people from different cultures and parts of the world still have many similarities.