At Mainstreet Ventures (MSV), we understand the important relationship between our restaurants and our community. That’s why we are dedicated to helping in all of the communities in which we operate. Annually, we provide up to $50,000 in scholarships to our employees and contribute over $500,000 to various charities. In our local Ann Arbor community, The Chop House of Ann Arbor provides gift certificates, program sponsorships, food donations, auction items for dinner at The Chop House, and we host several events each year at our restaurant, all in support of the arts, civic programs, education, and health and human services.
In 2008, The Chop House, along with our other Ann Arbor MSV restaurants Real Seafood Company, Gratzi, and Palio embarked on a philanthropic journey of a whole new magnitude, in support of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital to host The Event on Main. The first Event was held in June of 2009 with an initial goal to raise $50,000 to support the construction of the new Mott Hospital. Given the proximity of our downtown Ann Arbor MSV restaurants, Main Street seemed an ideal location to host this progressive dinner that started in one restaurant for appetizers, and then led to others for main course and dessert. Under the close direction of MSV President Michael C. Gibbons and MSV Director of Operations Kevin Gudejko, the event was a huge success and a new annual tradition was started. The Event on Main has so far raised more than $1 million for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. In 2010, Mott Hospital took over the organization of the event while our restaurants continue to host it. More than just a fine dining experience, the fundraiser reaches out to the Ann Arbor community with a street fair ambiance. Several streets are closed to traffic and the public is invited to enjoy live music, games, sidewalk art, and face painting. Today, the relationship between our Ann Arbor MSV restaurants and the U-M Health System endures; we continue to provide philanthropic support that helps to save lives, enable cutting-edge research, and train the brilliant physicians of tomorrow. Now that the new hospitals are open, the Event on Main has changed its focus to raise money for different areas of children’s and women’s medicine every year. In 2013, funds raised were used to support clinical care and basic science research in the U-M Food Allergy Center. Funds for 2014 will benefit the Charles Woodson research fund. In 2011, MSV was honored by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital with a play alcove in the General Surgery Waiting Area named in our honor.
We have been extremely fortunate to grow our business in the Ann Arbor community. This is a vibrant and wonderful community, and it is our honor to help support the local community through philanthropic efforts. To our community, we look forward to serving you!
To make a request for a charitable donation, please visit the Community Involvement page at www.mainstreetventuresinc.com/community_involvement
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