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Photos: Champagne Cruise to Benefit Forgotten Harvest

Westborn Market in Berkley hosts the 10th annual fundraiser for the Metro Detroit food charity.

The sold-out 10th annual Champagne Cruise fundraiser for Detroit area charity Forgotten Harvest was held Friday evening at in Berkley.

Classic cars cruised past along Woodward Avenue on the eve of the Dream Cruise as Champagne Cruise attendees gathered under a tent in Westborn's parking lot to eat, drink, talk and dance.

Motown-style band Modern Tribe performed and silent and live auctions were held while local restaurants including Crispelli's, Slow's Bar BQ and What Crepe? provided the evening's food.

Susan Goodell, president and CEO of Forgotten Harvest, thanked Westborn Market for its years of cooperation with the charity and presented an award to Westborn president Mark Anusbigian.

Goodell said huge amounts of usable foods will end up in landfills and garbage cans rather than being eaten in the United States. 

She said that during the past 10 years, the Champagne Cruise has raised more than $1.3 million and approximately 6.7 million meals have been purchased and delivered.

Goodell said it's important that Metro Detroiters do what they can to help their neighbors through difficult times.

"I think the people we feed are invisible. They're literally forgotten," she said. "Increasingly, the people we help are in more affluent communities ... people in those communities are frankly so ashamed they hide it from their neighbors."

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