The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit team is heating up their crimpers, dusting off their Members Only jackets and brushing up on their Pac Man skills— all in preparation for their Ultimate 80’s Bash on December 9th at 8 PM.

“The Ultimate 80’s Bash is for the post NEXTGen Detroit crowd in their late 30s to mid 50s, a group that historically has not had much programming created just for them,” said Geoff Kretchmer, Affinities Department Chair and Co-Chair of the Ultimate 80’s Bash. “There’s been a lot of talk over the years about hosting a large-scale, community-wide event for this age group.”

The event is being put on by Federation’s newest department, Affinities, which creates meaningful touch points for like-minded groups through creative programming for under-engaged community members. This engagement leads to an increased or deeper connection to the community and commitment to Jewish philanthropy.

“We have a totally righteous night planned, full of fun and nostalgia,” said event Co-Chair Neil Sherman. “We’re especially excited to have a local legend cover band, The Mega 80’s, take the stage. I can’t help it, when the music plays, I always dance. When The Mega 80’s play, I do the ‘African Anteater Dance’. Anyone remember Can’t Buy Me Love?!”

The Ultimate 80’s Bash is being held at St. Andrew’s Hall. In addition to live music, the event will be chock-full of throwback surprises for guests as they enjoy fun food and an open bar. Guests are encouraged to dig out their most tubular 80’s wear.

“We are thrilled at the response from the community – we hope this will be an annual event people look forward to,” said Sherri Ketai, event Co-Chair. “Besides attending an incredible party, guests will leave with knowledge about the work Federation does to maintain a strong Detroit community, and having contributed to Federation’s Annual Campaign.”

Tickets for Federation’s Ultimate 80’s Bash are available online at For more information, contact Karen Kaplan at or 248-203-1453.