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One of the hot topics at Charity Preview Friday night was self driving cars, although some attendees were stumped by the front seats that can be turned around to face rear seat passengers.

Mike Boike of Clinton Township watched as people stood puzzled at the Kia Sorrento Ski Gondola display, a vehicle that has heavy duty tracks instead of wheels and no steering wheel.

first thing everyone wants to know is what is it, said Boike, who works for Kia. thing they want to know is how does it work.

The Boikes were among the 12,800 attending the $400 per person event at Cobo Center in Detroit on the night before the North American International Auto Show opens to the public.

Event organizers said the crowd raised nearly $5.2 million for eight Detroit area charities in what is billed as the largest single night fundraiser in the world. Charity Preview has raised more than $111 million since the Detroit Auto Dealers Association established the gala 41 years ago.

The charities are Boy Girls Club of Southeast Michigan, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, Children Center, Children Hospital of Michigan Foundation, DADA Charitable Foundation Fund, Detroit PAL, The Judson Center, and March of Dimes Metro Detroit.

Among those in attendance were Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, boxing legend Thomas Hit Man Hearns, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

The evening started with a pre party in the Cobo atrium as movers and shakers from across the region posed for photos before a ribbon cutting ceremony. The crowd then filtered into the center to get their first look at the new line of hundreds of autos and displays. Guests sipped from flutes of champagne, wine and beer, and munched on spring rolls and other goodies as they took in the sites.

Sterling Heights City Councilwomen Maria Schmidt and Barb Ziarko were seen hanging out with Tom and Carolyn Szczepanski.

here to support the automotive industry and to support the charities, Ziarko said.

are good causes.

Monique LeGris was still in her heels as she watched her friend Jodi Porter of CDK Global tried on her flats.

about 20 minutes away from putting mine on, LeGris said.

In addition to cars, the night was all about fashion. Men wore everything from red dinner jackets to Scottish kilts and top hats. Women were mostly attired in gowns.

Mary Kay Shaw, in attendance with her friend Guy Zaninovich, went for a vintage look with her sleeveless black dress and gloves.

thought about what I was going to wear for months, but didn take action until about two days ago, she said. think it worked. She couldn stop talking about the autonomous vehicles.
the north face gotham Charity Preview crowd brings in nearly

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