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Table is Set for a Visual and Culinary Celebration

Michigan AIDS Coalition Announces 2nd Annual DIFFA: Dining by Design Events

Detroit, MI, August 22, 2011 --( The Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC) in partnership with Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) announces the second annual Dining by Design Detroit. Three days of events offering exhibits of exceptional art and fanciful dining vignettes will be held at Willy’s Overland Lofts, 444 Willis Avenue, Detroit, Michigan beginning Thursday, September 22 - Saturday, September 24, 2011. Ann Duke of Marketshare, Kelly Deines from Rossetti and Bruce MacDonald from Art Van are the DIFFA co-chairs.

DIFFA: Dining by Design Detroit offers three distinct affairs:

Cocktails By Design / Artworks Auction, 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, will feature over 30 completed designer tablescapes on display and live and silent auctions of more than 200 original works of art and jewelry from metro Detroit’s most prominent artists and designers. The evening will also include live entertainment and a strolling supper prepared by 25 of southeastern Michigan’s best chefs. Tickets to Cocktails By Design are $100 each.

Public Open House Noon-5 p.m. / Party By Design, 6 p.m. Friday, September 23, invites design students, young adults interested in the field of design and the general public to view the installations.

The venue closes from 5-6 p.m.

Party By Design begins at 6 p.m. and offers a live band, snacks and a cash bar creating a fun atmosphere for young adults to tour the venue. Tickets are $10 each.

Dining by Design Gala Dinner event, 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, pairs local interior designers, graphic and industrial designers, artists and architects with corporate and individual table sponsors to create three-dimensional dining environments and tablescapes. Dining by Design will feature a cocktail reception, open bar and dinner within the designer table installations – prepared by the Matt Prentice Restaurant Group – live entertainment and an experiential auction of more than 100 items. Tickets to the Gala Dinner are $250 each.

"DIFFA: Dining by Design Detroit 2010 was a significant addition to DIFFA’s national tour, with the metro Detroit art and design community proving they are a force to be reckoned with,” states Ann Duke, Event Co-Chair. “We are anticipating an exciting weekend of events this year. Enthusiasm for the event has been phenomenal, and participation already exceeding last year."

To purchase tickets, or for more information contact Shanti Sivanandham at 248-545-1435, Ext. 105 -, or Terry Ryan at 248-545-1435, Ext. 123, of go to and click on Events.

Media print sponsors for Dining by Design are HOUR Media, Detroit Home, and Between the Lines.

About Michigan Aids Coalition (MAC)
The mission of MAC is to prevent HIV/AIDS in Michigan by promoting healthy lifestyles, providing and investing in evidence-based, innovative programs and through advocacy and education. MAC is one of Michigan’s largest non-profit, community-based organizations dedicated to health promotion, harm and risk reduction, HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention education, grant making and public policy. MAC has conducted thousands of workshops and trainings, reaching over a half million people – 30,000 in the last year alone. Find more information at:

About Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS
DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Merging care and commerce, supporters of DIFFA come from all fields of fine design and the visual arts, including: architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography and consumer product design. With fundraising efforts bolstered by strategic partnerships and unique events showcasing innovation and creativity, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities and granted over $40 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide. Find more information at:

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Michigan AIDS Coalition
Helen Hicks-Kozlowski

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