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Benefit on the Bay Fundraising Event

Join us for the milestone 30th Anniversary Benefit on the Bay fundraiser, set for Friday, August 25th, 2023. Sponsored and hosted by Shelving Inc., 100% of the proceeds support the local Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

With doors opening at 5:30pm, the event will take place at MacRay Harbor on Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township. It will once again be hosted by Detroit media personality Jay Towers, a morning news anchor for Fox 2 Detroit and host of the Jay Towers in the Morning program on 100.3 WNIC.

Enjoy an evening of live entertainment—ranging from performances by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen Choir to lively speed painting by Dave Santia. As in previous years, a silent and live auction will be featured with exciting prizes up for grabs. This includes a golf weekend in Boyne City, Michigan, as well as a private at-home dinner for 12 provided by Chef Bobby Nahra (also known as Chef Bobby). Festivities also include a cash raffle, cigar and wine pull, and delicious dessert assortment by On the Rise Bakery Café, one of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's valuable programs.

Tickets are $85 and must be purchased in advance. The price include appetizers, dinner, beer and wine, and complimentary valet.

100% of the event proceeds will support the valuable programs and services of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which traces its origins back to 1929. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen serves Metro Detroit by providing food, clothing, and human development programs to community members in need. Two meal sites prepare and serve up to 1,700 free meals a day. In addition, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen sponsors a shower program, social work assistance, and substance abuse counseling services.


Started by Shelving Inc. President Mike Schodowski, the first Benefit on the Bay event was held in 1993. Inviting family and friends to the Island Cove Marina, a modest crowd gathered to raise $1,400 in funds for the soup kitchen.

Continuing to grow, MacRay Harbor hosted its first Benefit on the Bay in 2003. Right before the event, much of Metro Detroit lost power due to a massive outage. Phone lines were down, and reaching friends and loved ones was nearly impossible. However, there was a beacon of light on the water that day as MacRays had a generator. The show must go on, and so it did! 400 guests attended that year, showing up on faith that the event's 10th anniversary would be a success—blackout or not.

Each year since has had a sellout attendance with crowds of over 600 enjoying the full evening of festivities now synonymous with Benefit on the Bay. No longer a beer and pizza party, the fundraising extravaganza spares no details - with a great meal, stellar entertainment, and fabulous atmosphere.

Shelving Inc. possesses a deep belief in the importance of a strong and connected community. We strive to give back to this nonprofit close to our heart—supporting a great cause while enjoying a summer evening on the water.

Support the Cause

The 30th Anniversary Benefit on the Bay is now sold out.

For information on event sponsorships, program ads, silent auction item donations, or online cash donations, please visit the Benefit on the Bay website.