Want to power lunch with a big-time auto exec? What's your opening bid?
Last week, an anonymous bidder going by the handle "FordFan" paid $100,000 to break bread with Ford CEO Mark Fields in the penthouse of Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn.
Proceeds go to Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based nonprofit that works to end racism, poverty and injustice through education and community initiatives.
And bidders recently ponied up $125,000 apiece for the privilege of lunching with Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, and Raj Nair, the company's product development chief.
Benefits went to the Arthritis Foundation of Michigan, which honored legendary race team leader and dealership mogul Roger Penske, who received the foundation's Tribute to Excellence award.
Last month, a private lunch for five guests with General Motors CEO Mary Barra drew a winning bid of $100,000 at a fundraiser for Detroit's College for Creative Studies, the school that educates many leading automotive designers.
The successful bidder: Lear CEO Matt Simoncini. Mel Stephens, Lear spokesman, said Simoncini would have no agenda for the yet-to-be-scheduled lunch. "We're a major supplier to GM. We had Mary at our company to speak to our employees. It's the continuation of a good relationship."