13th Annual Corks & Forks: A 1920’s Garden Party

13th Annual Corks & Forks: A 1920's Garden Party

13th Annual Corks & Forks: A 1920's Garden Party

  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    Meadow Brook Hall
    Rochester, MI
  • 6:00pm
    VIP 1920's Garden Party Reception, outdoor Terrace Patio
    Tours of Meadow Brook House
  • 7:00pm
    Dinner and Program, open air Garden Tent
  • Event Chair:
    Tom McMillen, Executive Director Global Purchasing - Chassis & Body Structure at General Motors
  • Supported By:
    Matt Duffy, Global Purchasing Director, Exlectronics at Ford Motor Company
    Matt Joshua, Executive Director Infotainment and Telematics at General Motors
    Scott Thiele, Head of North America Portfolio Planning Global Long Range Plan Coordination at Stellantis

This fun and luxurious 1920’s garden party-themed gala will start with a VIP reception on the outdoor Terrace Patio, sipping cool drinks and nibbling tasty hours d’oeuvres while networking with automotive industry executives. The house will be open for self-guided tours with docents stationed throughout the historic home. Following the reception, a gourmet seated dinner will take place under the beautiful and temperature-controlled tent. The program will include a live auction during which you can bid on amazing and unique packages, some including networking opportunities with senior automotive industry executives.

All Corks & Forks proceeds directly support students enrolled in our 2021-2022 Workforce Prep program.

To register for your sponsorship package, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about sponsorship/ticket opportunities, contact Daniela Matthews at 586-698-4417 or

For general event information, contact Chris Cahill at 586-419-3832 or

Check out photos from past Corks & Forks events.

Safety Precautions

We are working closely with Meadow Brook staff to create an event that is not only safe, but lots of fun too! Here are some of the safety precautions we are taking:

  1. Attendance will be limited to the number of guests deemed safe by the State of Michigan, Oakland County, and Oakland University. Note: This number might change, up or down, as we get closer to the event date.
  2. All organized event activities have been moved to outdoor locations. The reception will take place on the terrace patio. The dinner will take place under a large, open-sided garden tent.
  3. An on-site check-in table will be set up with safety protocols including a plastic barrier between staff and guests.
  4. Reception and dining tables will be spaced apart for social distancing.
  5. Dining tables will be limited to 6 guests at each table. On a limited basis, seating for guest with medical concerns will be available.
  6. Food and drink at the dinner will be served to guests who are seated at tables.
  7. The reception wine stations and passed hors d’oeuvres have been replaced by table-side service.
  8. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be located throughout the event.
  9. The day prior to the event, all registered guests will be sent a health questionnaire.
  10. Upon arrival at the event, all guests will be asked to take a health questionnaire.
  11. All event participants are expected to abide by State of Michigan, Oakland County, and Oakland University COVID-related safety protocols including mask and social distancing guidelines.
  12. All Meadow Brook and Oakland University employees have been trained on facility safety policies and protocols for sanitization, social distancing, and client interaction techniques including food and beverage service.


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