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This patriotic-themed charity event gets people in the spirit for Independence Day the week following. It attracted 150 supporters ($150 & up tickets) to Oakland Hills Country Club, where cocktail hour diversions included silent auction bidding ($5,780) and socializing on the veranda. Sherry Margolis emceed the post dinner program which had highlights. Lighthouse chief Rick David reminded people that for him, the "E" in CEO stands for "enthusiasm," and he recognized the generous major gift of longtime Lighthouse volunteers – Jerry and Paul Ilg. Honoree Marie Osborn described the rewards her family of five have reaped by serving Thanksgiving dinners at Lighthouse for 24 years. Honoree Sheriff Mike Bouchard downplayed the litany of his accomplishments by crediting his great team. Former Lighthouse PATH client Jennifer Hughes praised the lifetime of financial literacy she learned at Lighthouse. Charles Wickins got folks to bid $11,000 for seven live auction items and to pledge $10,000 for financial literacy programs. The annual fundraiser added $80,000 to the coffers of the agency dedicated to moving people from crisis to independence.
Parade Company Ford Fireworks Rooftop Party
More than 2,000 people ($275, $125-children under7) flocked to the Center Garage Rooftop for the Parade Company benefit party. Both the benefit and the fireworks are presented by Ford and many other civic-minded sponsors (see photo gallery). The rooftop offers the best view of the fireworks show and the four hours between the party start and the show start was jam packed with activities for all ages. Arriving guests picked up tote bags to fill with groovy giveaways. There were craft stations, red-white-and-blue light-up bulb necklaces, light-up yo-yos, unicorn headbands and balloon sculptures. Diversions included a boxing ring, free throw contests, air hockey and virtual car and bike races. Culinary choices included Andiamo cuisine, pizza, ice cream and cotton candy. Live entertainment included shows by Your Generation In Concert and duets by such talents as Rochester Hills' Olivia Millerschin with Trey Simon. Flyovers by Yankee Air Museum vintage WWII planes commanded the attention of all. Just before the fireworks started, Thornetta Davis sang stirring renditions of "Oh Canada" and "The Star Spangled Banner." And from the first recorded song ("We Built This Town on Rock and Roll") to the last (Right Now"), the 59th annual fireworks were spectacular. The only disappointment was that the light rain broke up the first U.S. demonstration of the much ballyhooed pyrotechnics spelled out "Ford" and "Detroit".
Nearly 90 sustaining sponsors of Cabaret 313 gathered at the home of Melissa and Larry Lax to celebrate the completion of the non-profit's fourth season of presenting world-class professional cabaret in Detroit. After cocktails and conversation on the terrace, they assembled in the living room for remarks of gratitude from co-founders Allan Nachman and Sandi Reitelman and a delightful sample of cabaret – songs and stories in an intimate space. It starred Noah Eisenberg and Alexandra Silber. Eisenberg, who sang Hammerstein and Kern's "All the Things You Are", is headed to his first year in the musical theater department at the University of Michigan School of Music. He admitted that his decision to pick Michigan had been confirmed earlier in the month when Michigan alums starred at the Tony Awards. Silber, who grew up in Birmingham and was a 2001 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, used her beautiful soprano voice to perform Broadway gems plus a selection from "Fiddler on the Roof" that was dropped from the show after it headed to Broadway from Detroit's Fisher Theatre in 1964. She got a rousing standing ovation for "Good Night My Someone."
She also whetted appetites for her return engagement in Cabaret 313's fifth season (March 24, 2018). Go to http://cabaret313.org/ for the complete season lineup. It kicks off September 23 with Carmen Cusack at The Players Club Playhouse.
Check in the coming weeks for reports & photos from these events:
DSO Volunteer Council Musical Feast
Meadow Brook Theatre Concert & Cuisine
Angels Place Golf & Tennis Classic
MOCAD Interchange Art + Dinner
Kids Kicking Cancer Celebrity Golf Outing
Send ideas for this column to Sally Gerak, 28 Barbour Lane, Bloomfield Hills, 48304, email SamGerak@aol.com or call (248) 646-6390.