The Belle Isle Conservancy is making a splash with the 12th annual Polish the Jewel Belle Isle Legacy Luncheon, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation, on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Funds raised at this year’s event will benefit a new Splash Play Area on Belle Isle Park.

After years of hosting the event at the Belle Isle Casino, the Conservancy is taking the celebration back to the garden – the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory gardens to be exact – where the first luncheon was held.

Hundreds of southeast Michigan’s most influential civic and business leaders – adorned in their favorite fascinators and chapeaus - are expected to attend for an afternoon of networking and mobile bidding at the luncheon’s silent auction. This year’s event is chaired by long-time Belle Isle supporter Denise Ilitch of Ilitch Enterprises.

New for 2016, guests will have the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind pendant, created by Stephen Tapper of Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, called the Star of Belle Isle. After visiting the island with his nephew, Tapper was inspired to create a pendant that would reflect “just how precious the jewels of our great city are.”

Tickets (at $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10) are now available for purchase online at or by calling 313-331-7760. Benefactor tickets (at $1,000, $500 or $300 giving levels) as well as corporate sponsorships are also available. Benefactor tickets will provide guests with exclusive access to a pre-Polish the Jewel celebration on Sept. 20.

The annual Polish the Jewel Belle Isle Legacy Luncheon began in 2004, then hosted by the Belle Isle Women’s Committee, which is today part of the Belle Isle Conservancy.


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