The Detroit Tip Toppers Celebrate 70 Years

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The social club for tall people meets April 1-3 in Dearborn to celebrate 70 years of friends, fun and history.

The Detroit Tip Toppers, along with approximately 100 tall friends from around the country, will convene at the DoubleTree Hotel in Dearborn during the weekend of April 1. It will be the 70th Anniversary of the Detroit Tip Toppers, a social club exclusively for tall people.

There will be a costume party starting at 9PM on Friday night with a 1970’s theme, from hippie outfits to TV characters. Saturday is filled with local outings and a formal dinner/dance on Saturday night. New members and guests are always welcome to join the festivities, as long as women are over 5’10” and men are over 6’2” tall.

As a special treat this year, Joy Dawson, Miss Tall International from Washington DC, will attend the event and will be available for interviews Saturday during cocktail hour from 6-7:30PM on April 2. More information about Joy Dawson can be found on the TCI website.

Crowned last July, 6’2” Joy Dawson travels to member clubs for publicity events and to promote tall awareness. She is a Spanish language interpreter for the Supreme Court of Virginia and lives in Manassas, VA.

Miss Tall Detroit, Maria Smithers, will host her trip to the Detroit area and will be available for interviews as well.

Long time Tip Topper, 6’1” Carol Bender, hopes to see more old friends and new faces this year. She says many members have gone on to marry each other, so there’s no reason Cupid can’t aim high and make a Weekend visit for the 70th reunion.

About TCI:
Members of the Tip Toppers and TCI must be 21 years of age. Men must be at least 6’2 and women must be 5’10”.

The Detroit Tip Toppers is part of Tall Clubs International, a not-for-profit social organization for tall adults. With over 50 member clubs and approximately 2000 members, its purpose is "to promote tall awareness among tall men and women, and in the community. To provide social activities of mutual interest, travel to cities around the U.S. and Canada for gatherings including members from several TCI clubs, run a convention each year to conduct the business of the Corporation with representatives of all clubs, and select a new Miss Tall International®, the official public representative and goodwill ambassador for TCI."

In addition to social activities, TCI also works hard to send a positive message to a world dominated by goods and services that are not especially designed for tall people, awarding scholarships to tall teens and fundraising for Marfan Syndrome, a disease that specifically targets tall people.

To inquire further about the April 1-3 event, contact :

Tip Toppers Club of Detroit
734-458-7887 or


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