Celebrating 20 Years of the Detroit Riverfront
Thursday, June 22, 2023  |  5-6PM VIP Reception, 6-9PM Main Event
Robert C. Valade Park  |  2670 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207

Celebrate 20 years of transforming the Detroit Riverfront this summer at the Conservancy’s largest annual fundraiser, Shimmer on the River. Hosted on June 22 at Robert C. Valade Park, the 2023 event will commemorate this landmark year and the individuals and organizations who have supported our vision over the last two decades. This unforgettable family affair will be filled with all-ages fun, featuring show-stopping music from the world-famous Prince tribute band, the Purple Xperience, a festive Riverfront Boardwalk lined with summer activities and giveaways, the Delta Dental Adventure Park filled with games, inflatables, and obstacle courses, a strolling dinner from Detroit’s favorite food trucks, and more!

We are proud to announce our 2023 Shimmer Award honorees are James B. and Ann V. Nicholson and Mariam C. Noland and James A. Kelly. A driving force for philanthropy and community leadership, Jim and Ann Nicholson have been leading supporters of the Conservancy since 2008. Mariam Noland and Jim Kelly have been involved with the Conservancy since its inception; Mariam served as an inaugural board member whose vision for connecting greenways to the riverfront inspired the Dequindre Cut, and Jim is a national leader in education with a passion for volunteer advocacy.

Join us as we celebrate 20 Years of Transformation on the Detroit Riverfront!


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The Conservancy is partnering with A Kid Again to bring guests from their family network for Shimmer on the River. A Kid Again provides Hope, Happiness and Healing to children with life threatening conditions and their families by providing ongoing adventures where families can take a timeout from illness and meet others who are going through similar situations.  


Thank you to our Shimmer Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Kresge Foundation

Friends of Robert C. Valade Park


Shimmer Award Sponsor

Walker-Miller Energy Services 


Adventure Park Sponsor

Delta Dental


Riverfront Boardwalk Sponsor

PVS Chemicals Inc


Champions of the Conservancy


Rachel Bendit & Mark Bernstein

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Matt & Karen Cullen

General Motors

MGM Grand Detroit

Piston Group

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy

Visit Detroit


Riverwalk Partners

A Kid Again

Atwater Bistro

Julie F. & Peter D. Cummings - The Platform

Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority

Honigman LLP

Jonathan Witz & Associates

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Sarah & Charles McClure


Wolverine Packing Company


Shimmer Partners

CCS Fundraising

Citizens Bank

Crain Communications, Inc. 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Wayne County Port Authority

Diamond Jack's River Tours


Erica & Ralph Gerson

GJC CPAs & Advisors

Goyert-Treadwell Family

Hollywood Casino at Greektown

Hudson-Webber Foundation

Huntington National Bank

Ideal Group

Invest Detroit


Jim Kelly & Mariam Noland 

Larry & Patti McLaughlin

MI Building & Construction Trades

Operating Engineers Local 324

The Parade Company

Scott & Jill R. Riddle

Sachse Construction

Walter Shapero & Kathleen Straus

Matthew & Mona Simoncini

Vivian Day & John Stroh


In-Kind Partners

DUO Restaurant & Lounge

Epiphany Studios