House of Providence to Host Second Annual Wishes Gala Nov. 13

House of Providence founders Maggie and Jay Dunn

Black-tie gala hosted by WDIV reporter Chuck Gaidica, features keynote speaker Rob Morris of Love146 Growing up the second oldest of a large family in Rochester Hills, Maggie Dunn saw firsthand the inner workings of the foster system. Now, she’s determined to make sure other foster children are given a chance—especially older children with House of Providence. Until every child has a home Following a sold-out gala last year, House of Providence will once again host the black-tie … [Read more...]

Travel with the OPC: Royal Park Luncheon

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Get into the spirit of the season with lunch in the Conservatory at the Royal Park Hotel on Tuesday, December 8. In addition to delicious menu options, 'Santa' has a few other surprises as well. So be on your best behavior! Hurry! The refund/sign-up deadline for this trip is Friday, November 6. All OPC trips can be found online at Please note, travelers do not have to be OPC members, but they must be 50 to travel on these trips and all non-members pay a $10 fee. … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Inspirations Workshop!

Photo courtesy of the Rochester DDA

Plans are well underway for the 2nd Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 20-22. The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is a holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, stockings, tablescapes, and more designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community. According to the press release, new this year are centerpieces and gingerbread houses. Currently businesses, organizations, individuals, and families are being sought  to donate their time and … [Read more...]

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Don’t Be Late For The Ball!

Princess & Pirate Ball

Calling all princesses and pirates! Grab your tiaras and treasure and join us for the Princess & Pirate Ball! The fun takes place from 4 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 2 in the Grand Ballroom at the Royal Park Hotel. All proceeds benefit The Big, Bright Light Show. Come for an evening of food, music, and fun. Enjoy a strolling dinner featuring your favorite downtown restaurants including Holy Cannoli’s, Kruse & Muer Restaurants, Main Street Deli, The Meeting House, O'Connor's Public … [Read more...]

“Meals on Wheels” Annual OPC Gala

Sound of Motown to benefit the Meals on Wheels program of the OPC

Older Persons’ Commission hosts annual fundraiser for “Meals on Wheels” featuring The Sound of Motown. At the Royal Park Hotel On Friday, May 8, 2015, the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) will host its 13th Annual Signature Event, the fundraiser for its “Meals on Wheels” program. OPC benefactress Kathy White and Oakland University President Dr. George Hynd are the honorary event co-chairs. Held at the Royal Park Hotel the gala will feature two bands; Detroit-based … [Read more...]

Lincoln Day Dinner Comes to Rochester

Keynote Speaker Rand Paul at the 125th Lincoln Day Dinner - photo by Michael Dwyer

Lincoln Day Dinner The Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester hosted the 125th Lincoln Day Dinner. The event was started by a group of Republicans on January 6, 1888 in the Club room of the Oakland Gazette in Pontiac, to take steps in forming an Oakland County Republican Club. The first banquet was held in 1890 at the Opera House in Pontiac. The Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner is the oldest in the country and this was the first time it came to the Royal Park Hotel. Hundreds of … [Read more...]

Rochester Ballroom Hosts Evening of Dancing to Benefit Students with Special Needs and Youth


Rochester Ballroom proudly announced that the RB Friends Gala will be held on Sunday, October 26 from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester. It will be a fun night for all, celebrating dance performances of Rochester Ballroom students including their special needs team and their volunteers. The new “RB Friends” fund has been started in conjunction with the “Community Foundation of Greater Rochester” to assist students with special needs to experience the … [Read more...]

Editorial: Sunday Morning Miracle


The following is an editorial from Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett regarding the recently tornado that touched down in North Fairview Farms. A Neighborhood Story On Sunday, September 21, 2014 an F1 tornado struck the city of Rochester Hills. As far as we can tell, it is the first tornado to ever hit our community. The tornado touched down at 5:57 a.m. and just two minutes later… was gone. In just 120 seconds, it damaged over 40 homes, uprooted over 100 trees, and devastated a … [Read more...]

Big, Bright Ball Returns Sunday, August 3

Big Bright Ball Returns Sunday August 3 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester

Looking Forward to Winter? Probably not, since summer took a while to get here. However, everyone knows winter will come eventually, and with it, the holidays, the parade, and the Big, Bright Light Show that illuminates 1.5 million lights. The lights drape the buildings along Main Street and have become a huge attraction for the city. If summertime seems to be slipping by, Rochester Media suggests you attend the Big, Bright Ball on August 3 at the Royal Park Hotel from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 … [Read more...]

PCCA announces 4th Annual Arts and Culture Awards

Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) is pleased to announce via press release the return of the annual Regional Arts & Culture Awards to be presented Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Individuals and organizations will be recognized that are fostering arts & culture in significant ways within their communities. PCCA is delighted with the incredible support from the participating municipalities within Oakland County (Auburn Hills, Rochester, Rochester … [Read more...]