Each spring, the young professionals group of the Michigan Opera Theatre Volunteer Association (MOTVA) plans and executes one of the most successful and highly anticipated cultural events of the year. BravoBravo! brings together the very best of Detroit.

The event highlights the city's top restaurants, showcases its best live musical acts and brings together thousands of revelers all in support of Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT). This year BravoBravo!, presented by Bank of America, will run from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2010 at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, in Detroit.

In its 11th year, BravoBravo! takes on a fashion theme, showcasing an artistic industry that has long lived under the radar in Detroit. Experience Haute Couture with a Detroit edge as it moves off the runway and inside the corridors of the opulent Detroit Opera House.  This year's event is co-chaired by three of Detroit's most involved young professionals: Jerrid Mooney, Jen Knapp, and Rich Rice.

Events like BravoBravo! are crucial to the continued success and daily operation of Michigan Opera Theatre.  In 2009, BravoBravo! drew a record crowd of over 2,000 young professionals and raised over $180,000 to support MOT.

This year organizers hope to surpass those efforts and reach a goal of $250,000 to support MOT's artistic and educational programs. Since its inception, BravoBravo! has raised more than $833,000 and is considered a crucial fundraising effort for Michigan Opera Theatre.

Tickets for this year's event are $85 in advance and will go on sale April 1, 2010.  VIP tickets are available for $125 and include valet parking and early admission at 6:30 p.m.  Purchase tickets at the Detroit Opera House box office, by phone at (313) 237-SING, or online at www.MichiganOpera.org. The event is expected to sell out.

Media interested in covering the event should request credentials no later than Tuesday, June 1, 2010 by contacting Rebekah Johnson at rjohnson@motopera.org.

BravoBravo! attendees must be 21 or older. Sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Michelle DeLand for sponsorship information at (313) 237-3402 or mdeland@motopera.org.

More information, including participating restaurants and entertainment details, will be announced as the event draws closer.  For a video preview, photos, and more information on BravoBravo! please visit www.bravobravo.org.


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