From beautiful weather to a spirited live auction, guests at Meadow Brook Hall’s 14th Annual Gourmet Wild Game Dinner & Auction were treated to a memorable evening that will have a significant impact on The Hall for the year to come.
More than 325 guests attended the event, which included a silent auction, live auction, and raffle featuring unique items from jewelry and art to special vacation packages, sports memorabilia, guns and more. All told, the event raised more than $90,000 in support of Meadow Brook Hall.
“Each year, I am amazed at the generosity and enthusiasm of our donors, sponsors, committee members and volunteers who contribute to making the Wild Game Dinner a success,” said Shannon O’Berski, director of external relations for Meadow Brook Hall. “As a self-sustaining museum and cultural institution, we rely on the generous support of donors in order to preserve and interpret the estate. The funds raised during this year’s event will ensure that we can keep the lights on at The Hall for some time to come.”
Executive Chef Patrick Gazzarato, prepared a “wild” four-course meal that featured a plated appetizer, salad, dessert, with an entrée of cracked pepper & herb seared Michigan whitetail deer medallion with caramelized onion demi-glace and pretzel-crusted lake trout with coarse Dijon cream, presented with Hubbard squash mash & roasted brussels sprouts.
The 2019 presenting sponsor was Northern Trust and the major sponsor was the Piston Group and Szott M59 Dodge Ram. The organizing committee members include Gasper Buffa, Patrick Brown, Ted Cunningham, George Frisch, Nick Frisch, Walt Frisch, Derek Gentile, Scott Kunselman, Dan Pienta, Millie Gervais, Charlie Mann, Frank Rewold, Mike Murri, and Randy Walker.
Meadow Brook Hall is fully self-supporting, relying on special events such as the Wild Game Dinner and annual Holiday Walk for the preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark.