This time last year, the GenX crowd of Jewish Detroit was digging through their closets in search of retired legwarmers, neon jogging suits and anything with shoulder pads — all in preparation for Federation’s Ultimate 80s Bash. The party, which was the first of its kind put on by Federation’s Affinities Department, brought in a sold-out crowd of over 550 folks and welcomed 118 new donors to Federation’s Annual Campaign.
“We were thrilled at the response from last year’s Ultimate 80s Bash, and the sold-out crowd reaffirmed that there was a need in our community to engage the late 30s to 50s demographic, and that Federation could be the one to fill it,” said Geoff Kretchmer, event chair. “People were ecstatic to reunite with one another for a fun night that also supported our community. And we cannot wait to throw it back again this year!”
The Ultimate 80s Bash was the talk of the town for weeks after, and it quickly became clear that Federation was on to something. The task of topping last year’s event was a challenge both the staff and leadership were eager to take on.
“One thing we learned from last year’s event is that this crowd likes to go all out for a theme, and we wanted to pick a decade that everyone would love dressing up for, hearing music from and would lend itself to one great party. So this year we are going all out 70s — disco queens, hippies, The Brady Bunch, KISS,” said Neil Sherman, event chair. “Last year, Detroit’s Mega 80s band was a huge draw, and we’re so excited for our Far Out 70s Party guests to experience this year’s band, The Boogie Knights, all the way from Los Angeles, who are going to help make this another unforgettable night.”
Federation’s Far Out 70s Party is set for December 8 beginning at 8 p.m. In addition to live music, guests will enjoy an open bar, classic late night fare, fun photo ops, giveaways and lots of other funky and far out surprises scattered throughout Saint Andrew’s Hall.
“We are all about throwing an incredible party, but our long-term hope is that this one night serves as a welcoming and fun entry point for people in this demographic to become more engaged with our Jewish community,” said Sherri Ketai, event chair. “We want people to walk away not only with great memories from the night, but also with a better understanding of the work of the Jewish Federation and a little inspiration to become involved, or more involved, in this incredible community that we have here in Metro Detroit.”
Despite being only a few years old, Federation’s Affinities department has had great success in engaging the local Jewish GenX population. In addition to these annual parties, Affinities is the force behind an array of niche programs and events coming out of Federation including the Maimonides Society for medical professionals, the Real Estate Group, Pound for Pound Men’s Group, Taste of Women’s Philanthropy and an emerging Interfaith group, to name a few.