BasBlue hosts their annual gala for fundraising

Local Detroit organization hosts annual gala to raise funds for their program.

Local Detroit organization offers women and non-binary individuals a safe space.

BasBlue, a local Detroit organization supporting women and non-binary individuals hosts their second annual gala, Thursday evening.

With rain pouring down, it didn’t stop the laced trimmed umbrellas, paired with long ball gowns with pearl necklaces and high heels from strutting into the venue. It was a night of fundraising, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Here is all you need to know about BasBlue:

What is BasBlue?

A blue BasBlue sign at their annual gala.

Nancy Tellem and Natacha Hildebrand co-founded BasBlue in October 2021.

The organization inspires to create an environment that provides women and non-binary individuals economic mobility, and leadership skills through community connection, educational programming plus additional resources.

There are over 600 members of all ages, careers and backgrounds according to BasBlue.

BasBlue is also a cafe from Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. serving breakfast sandwiches, pastries, bagels and warm drinks. The menu changes in the afternoon to a more lunch-style diet.

Programs BasBlue Offer

Zero to One Entrepreneurial Fellowship

This program aims to support underrepresented women and non-binary business owners with a chance to gain resources and support with launching and scaling their businesses.

Trailblazer in Residence Scholarship

The scholarship awards creative individuals in the community with a membership to BasBlue.

Within the membership, scholars are able to have access to space, mentorship and programming to better their support system.

Founders + Fund(her)s Pitch Day

Women and non-binary individuals pitch their businesses to a panel of investors for a grant through BasBlue.

Art of BasBlue

BasBlue provides emerging and mid-career artists a platform with local organizations, galleries, and private and public collections to showcase their work through a rotating collection.

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BasBlue Gala

BasBlue hosts their second gala to help raise funds.

“We are a women’s non-profit organization membership-based community for women and non-binary individuals,” said Tiara Tinnin, BasBlue’s associate director of operations. “We are here to celebrate our two-year anniversary, our second gala, where we raise funds and revenue for our impact programs like our Zero to One, Founders and Fund(hers) [programs] to subsidize our membership. To give women and non-binary individuals, a leg up to network, come together, grow personally and professionally.”

The gala was at BasBlue’s building at 110 E. Ferry St., Detroit.

Three floors of entertainment, at the first floor individuals enjoy cocktails and mingling plus small eats. Or take photos in the photo booth provided by Modern Social Detroit and Alicia Frances Photography.

Cocktails from Castilia at Sfumato

On the second floor, there was mingling, another bar featuring cocktails from Castalia at Sfumato, a local experimental cocktail bar in Midtown.

At the gala on the third floor, as DJs played the sounds of Prince, many guests swayed their hips and let the music flow through them.

The gala serves as an opportunity for guests to check out BasBlue if they want to join. It also raises funds through donations and sponsors so the organization can continue providing its programs.

How do you join BasBlue?

BasBlue offers meeting and co-working spaces for individuals to utilize with provided wifi, a locker room, a phone booth plus a private shower and nursery room.

Health and wellness areas featuring Peleton bikes to get you moving. Plus private event space that’s tailored for specific events.

There is an application on their website with further information.

Membership Prices

Under age 35: $600 annually

Age 35 and over: $1,200 annually

To learn more about becoming a member of BasBlue, visit their website.

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