18th Annual 
Polish the Jewel
Belle Isle Legacy Luncheon

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Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 11am - 1:30pm
at the Roostertail | 100 Marquette Dr., Detroit, MI 48214

Presented by


Belle Isle Shop | Raffle | Wine Reception
Prix du Chapeau
Prizes for best hat and ensemble. Awarded to one lady and one gent!

Celebrating Belle Isle Conservancy's 10th Anniversary

This celebration will highlight the Conservancy’s $16M impact to Belle Isle over the last decade, including our work in education that exposes thousands of Detroit Public Schools Community
District  students each year to the possibilities of STEM education at Belle Isle,  as a partner
of the  DPSCD Cultural Passport Program. 


Funds raised at Polish the Jewel support the Conservancy’s operations and funding for the development of its programs including restoring and enhancing the historic Belle Isle Aquarium
and providing free admission to the public, managing over 1,000 volunteers, hosting over 3,000
local students on field trips to the Aquarium and Conservatory, advocating for Belle Isle improvements and park user interests, and fundraising for capital projects.

Benefactor Tickets

$300 - 1000

Patron Tickets


Benefactor Tables


Patron Tables


All tables accommodate 8 guests. Seating requests guaranteed with table purchase.


Benefactor patrons are invited to a private cocktail reception on the evening of Thursday, September 29th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Belle Isle Aquarium. The Benefactor Party features an exclusive Gena Conti Millinery trunk show. 

RSVP by September 22nd

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2022 Polish the Jewel Luncheon Chair
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Jenice Mitchell Ford

General Counsel, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Special Guest Speaker

Alycia Meriweather

Deputy Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District

2022 Sarah Earley Gemstone Award Honoree
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Gena Conti

Owner, Gena Conti Millinery

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Special Thanks To:

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Suzanne Antonelli
Madeline Brodie
Gena Conti
Melinda Conway Callahan
Karen Cullen
Marjorie DeCapite
Sarah Earley*

Carmen Harlan

Audrey J. Harvey*
Robin Heller*
Judy Jonna*
Maud Lyon*
Adam Morath
Leslie Ann Pilling
Nancy J. Vella*

2022 Polish the Jewel Ambassador Committee

Event Sponsorships Available



Since 2005, Belle Isle’s most prominent supporters, including the area’s top business and civic leaders, have shared their passion for Belle Isle Park during the annual Polish the Jewel Belle Isle Legacy Luncheon. Dressed in their favorite shoes, chapeaus, and jewels, more than 400 women – and a few men – from across Metro Detroit attend Polish the Jewel to share their favorite memories of Detroit’s beloved island gem, as well as raise funds to support Belle Isle Conservancy's operations and ability to pursue our mission to protect, preserve, restore, and enhance Belle Isle Park for the enjoyment of all - now and forever.


Browse photos from the 2021 luncheon!