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Ladies of Charity 50th Anniversary
The name of this group is the name of my beat – Charity. So reporting the 50th anniversary of this totally volunteer group is a unique pleasure. That’s 50 years for the Oakland County chapter, but the parent organization was founded by St. Vincent de Paul in 17th century France and that French heritage inspired event chair Mia Materka to call the party Joi de la Nuit. She also chose the black, white and gold favored by French designer Coco Chanel for the party décor and commissioned Lynn Martin to construct a mini-Eiffel tower to hold tower-shaped pledge notes that guests could take. The black tie gala attracted more than 160 guests to Pine Lake Country Club. The Mercy High School Mercy-aires spiced up the cocktail hour, which also included a video show of 50 years of photos running as background in the bar. Raffles and silent auction bidding also vied for attention.