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 The Blossom Gala to benefit Haven of Oakland County will feature a seated dinner, drinks, live entertainment, auctions and more.

The Blossom Gala to benefit Haven of Oakland County will feature a seated dinner, drinks, live entertainment, auctions and more.

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Haven to celebrate spring for survivors at gala

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published April 30, 2019


OAKLAND COUNTY — Between its emergency shelter, the 24/7 crisis line, the counseling and the educational programming efforts, Haven of Oakland County impacts more than 30,000 individuals every year.

You could say that’s cause for celebration.

That’s just what the nonprofit will do Thursday, May 16, at its sixth annual Blossom Gala. The spring-themed fundraiser will treat guests to a night of dinner, dessert, live music, themed cocktail bars, live and silent auctions, and, of course, inspiring stories from volunteers and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community.

“Spring is about renewal, and this is kind of a celebration of survivors moving into their new life,” said Blanca Fauble, Haven’s director of development.

What was traditionally an annual fundraiser hosted in a formal hall has morphed in the past couple of years into a refreshing new event hosted at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Guests are encouraged to wear spring cocktail-chic attire — a combo of dress to impress, and floral patterns and spring colors.

“After a while, going to the same event with the same name at the same place gets boring,” Fauble said. “We wanted to change it up to keep it fun.”

The event is a perfect palate cleanser after a long, cold metro Detroit winter, according to Aimee Nimeh, the CEO and president of Haven.

“With the support of our generous Blossom Gala attendees and sponsors, survivors can celebrate the hope that comes out of a season of darkness,” Nimeh said in a press release.

Between the seated dinner and the hours of music, guests can bid on a wide range of auction items at every price point, from local artisan creations to Detroit Tigers suite tickets, vacation packages and more.

Proceeds from ticket sales and auctions will go to support Haven’s survivor services and prevention efforts that have been available free of cost to local families for more than 40 years.

“With this new event, our guest count increased by 100 people last year, and we raised about $300,000,” Fauble said. “Each year I’m tasked with raising the funds for our $2 million budget, so this accounts for about 15%-20% of that.”

Tickets for the Blossom Gala cost $200 for general admission, $75 for young professionals ages 35 and younger; $1,000 buys admission to the main event as well as access for two to the VIP reception beginning at 5 p.m., before the cocktail hour at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit and click the Events tab. The Royal Oak Farmers Market is located at 316 E. 11 Mile Road in Royal Oak.