Shimmer ON THE RIVER: A Riverfront Reunion

A fundraiser to benefit the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Friday, September 17th  | West Riverfront Park, 1801 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

5-6PM VIP Reception  |  6-9PM Main Event


We are thrilled to welcome our community back to the Detroit Riverfront for our first major in-person fundraiser since 2019, Shimmer on the River: A Riverfront Reunion! To honor Shimmer’s long-awaited return, we are creating an unforgettable event, where our supporters will have a chance to reunite in-person and celebrate the Best Riverwalk in the country together.

The evening will feature a live performance from Detroit legends The Spinners, a Food Truck Rally, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, family games and activities at the Adventure Park, sponsored by Delta Dental of Michigan, and other unique surprises. This year we will be honoring two individuals with the Shimmer Award, long-time board member Larry McLaughlin, and the late Evelyn Johnston, a founding board member of the Conservancy. The 2021 Shimmer Award is proudly sponsored by Honigman LLP.

Join us for this special evening and let’s raise a glass to being together on the riverfront again!

Online Shimmer on the River tickets have sold out. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

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Includes unlimited access to Food Truck Rally, Adventure Park, live entertainment, giveaways, and free admission for up to two children 12-and-under


Includes access to the exclusive VIP Reception & Shimmer Award presentation plus all Main Event benefits


Covid-19 health and safety procedures will be in place. Click here to learn more.


Thank you to our 2021 Shimmer on the River sponsors! 

Entertainment Sponsor

Jonathan Witz & Associates


Shimmer Award Sponsor

Honigman LLP


Shimmer Adventure Park Sponsor

Delta Dental of Michigan


Food Truck Rally Sponsor

JPMorgan Chase


Champions of the Conservancy

Bedrock Detroit

Matt & Karen Cullen

Friends of Robert C. Valade Park

General Motors

Hudson-Webber Foundation

Kresge Foundation

Matt & Mona Simoncini

William Davidson Foundation


Riverwalk Partners

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

Diamond Hospitality

Ford Motor Company

Greektown Casino-Hotel

Chip & Sarah McClure

MGM Grand Detroit

Piston Group

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation



Shimmer Partners

Clark Hill PLC

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Invest Detroit

Jones Lang LaSalle

Larry & Patti McLaughlin

MI Building & Construction Trades

Mitchell & Diane Mondry Family

Mariam Noland & Jim Kelly

George & Jo Elyn Nyman

Real Times Media/Michigan Chronicle

Vesco Oil Corporation 

Gail Warden


In-Kind Partners

Banner Sign Co.

DUO Restaurant & Lounge

Epiphany Studios

Lovio George 


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