Hob Nobble Gobble benefit for parade dazzles

The Parade Company once again defined the word “spectacular” with its 24th annual Hob Nobble Gobble held Friday night at Ford Field. Presented by Ford Motor Co., there was dazzle, food, drinks and entertainment at every turn.

The magic begins from the moment guests arrive. At the entrance, under massive inflated parade animals and bigger-than-life candy canes, the glee club from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences performed upbeat Christmas carols with a Motown twist. A motorized cart with a trio of clowns whizzes by just as a school of Santa’s elves congregate to receive their party instructions.

“Ford Motor Co. is deeply committed to Detroit and to the hundreds of thousands of families that come together for the parade,” said Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund. “Support of Hob Nobble Gobble by Ford and many others helps strengthen this treasured tradition in our community.”

A buffet table stretched across the football field was loaded up with every food imaginable, from turkey to pizza. A half-dozen prize stations issued a variety of gifts to every guest — just because. There were carnival rides and games and even a marching band and mini-parade.

And if that was not enough, courtesy of 98.7 AMP Radio, headline entertainment was provided by singer/songwriter Jason Derulo. There also were performances from “America’s Got Talent” winner Kenichi Ebina, Disney’s Coco Jones, 50 Amp Fuse and native Detroit singer/songwriter Mike Posner.

More than 2,000 people dressed in festive black-tie attire shelled out between $200 and $1,000 to attend Hob Nobble Gobble, which benefits the Parade Company’s 87th America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van. Recognized as one of the country’s best Thanksgiving parades, the two-hour parade also will be shown on a national broadcast reaching more than 140 cities across the country, in addition to being featured on WDIV-TV (Channel 4).

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131126/ENT09/311260013#ixzz2mzKrkEoy


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