A toast to Detroit

Wednesday 11 March 2015 by Amy Mortiere

There’s a feel-good factor in and around Detroit nowadays (despite the relentless onslaught of snow). It seemed the perfect time to bring some of the city’s residents to our Birmingham office to celebrate the city – and raise money for a very deserving local school.

So that’s exactly what we did. The event on February 26 was primarily to collect funds for The Roeper School (which counts Audrey’s son among its pupils) and its Scholarship and Financial Aid Program, which helps support intercity kids who want to learn there. We have a great relationship with Roeper thanks to Audrey and Lawrence; we hosted a class of sixth graders on a school trip last summer as they learned about creative companies and working in collaborative environments.

Frameworker talent

The theme of the evening was toasting our great city – and what better way to do that than by celebrating the stories, art and poetry contained within the pages of A Detroit Anthology? If the title sounds familiar, you might remember Aaron talking about the publication last year. He’s a keen photographer and he contributed a number of images to the book.

Aaron’s work took center stage again during the event as four limited edition prints of his work were put up for auction, with a fifth donated to Roeper to auction at its own fundraiser later this month. Guests enjoyed listening to excerpts from the book read by fellow contributor J.M. Leija and the book’s editor, Anna Clark. Aaron also showcased his photography in an inspirational presentation. Throughout the evening, local singer and guitar player, Greater Alexander filled the room with beautiful acoustic music.

Aaron and Detroit Anthology editor Aaron with A Detroit Anthology editor Anna Clark.


All in all it was a really successful night, which reminded us once again about all the things that make Detroit great: its architecture, its culture, its art – and its people. It was a rousing success; we raised more than $3,000 for The Roeper School’s program, while taking the time to appreciate and applaud the talent in our city (and in our studio).

Read more on Detroit:

School is in session

Doing it for the kids

Life through a lens

Creative reinvention

Roeper staff The Roeper School's Marcia Huff and Denita Banks.

Detroit buildings from the side

Detroit buildings from below

Amy has left The Frameworks.


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