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Bates Street Society to honor authors, business leaders and more

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 14, 2019

 Jennifer Granger and Amanda Fisher are cofounders of the local nonprofit Fashion X Philanthropy.

Jennifer Granger and Amanda Fisher are cofounders of the local nonprofit Fashion X Philanthropy.

Photo provided by Danielle Bowers


BIRMINGHAM — Jennifer Granger hasn’t been a Birmingham resident for long — just about a year and a half, since she relocated from the West Coast.

But that’s all it took for her community to see how big her heart is, and the impact she is making in the region through her nonprofit organization, Fashion X Philanthropy.

“I think I got here and hit the ground running,” Granger said. “I truly believe if you live in the community, it’s one of your responsibilities to give back. I live my life like that every day, and still I sort of wake up and feel like I’m not doing enough. I’m constantly trying to think of creative ways to be impactful.”

Fashion X Philanthropy, which she co-founded with partner Amanda Fisher, hosts charitable events several times a year at Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy. At the events, which typically bring in more than 100 women each, guests enjoy special promotions and entertainment like exclusive fashion shows, beauty demonstrations and more, all to benefit a local charity.

“My role is to go out and find a charity to work with, and the good people at Saks put on a great event that people will want to come to,” she said.

Granger’s efforts will be honored along with seven other “Pillars of Vibrancy” at the fourth annual Bates Street Society dinner Saturday, Feb. 2, at The Community House in downtown Birmingham. The event recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions in one of four areas: culture, education, wellness and philanthropy.

Honorees include author Mitch Albom, PNC Regional President for Detroit and Southeast Michigan Ric DeVore, Chairman of Orthopedics at Beaumont Hospital and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine professor Dr. Jeffrey Fischgrund, President and Publisher of Renaissance Media and President of the Detroit Jewish News Foundation Arthur Horowitz, Amy and Dan Loepp, and Roberts Restaurant Group owner Bill Roberts.

“The Bates Street Society dinner offers the leadership and staff of the venerable Community House the opportunity to once a year take a pause from its own philanthropic and service endeavors to recognize, be inspired and to celebrate extraordinary individuals, pillars in our community, making a true and lasting difference,” said The Community House President and CEO William Seklar in a press release.

Cynthia Ford will present keynote remarks at the dinner, which includes a seated three-course meal, wine and cocktails and live entertainment by the Ben Sharkey Quartet. Numerous sponsors have jumped on board to present the evening’s events, including Beaumont Hospital, Oakland University and William Beaumont School of Medicine, Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary, DeRoy and Devereaux Private Investment Council, Barbara and Tim Hertzler, and Detroit Public Television. That’s so that all the proceeds from the night’s ticket sales can benefit The Community Houses’s community outreach efforts for local at-risk families.

Ticket prices for the black-tie-optional Bates Street Society dinner begin at $250 per guest, and tickets can be purchased at  The event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Community House is located at 380 S. Bates St. in downtown Birmingham.