Week of 10.27.14

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Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids

The Academy Awards theme for the two-part fundraiser made the gathering of nearly 350 at The Townsend a sea of glam. And during the cocktail hour, as guests were checking out the silent auction (it raised nearly nearly $50K), we spotted at least one celebrity lookalike couple, the Rich Leeboves (see Photo Gallery). In the ballroom, supersized Oscars guarded the stage where Simone Vitale’s music makers held sway. But the theme really shined during the program Paul W. Smith emceed preceding the live auction (which raised more than $70K). First there were “Oscars” presented to 15-year-old Luke Gyomory, who raised $17,000 for the foundation because he knows personally what it’s like to lose one's mother, and to Frederick Holman and his grandmother, survivors of the emotional and financial hardships occurring when a parent dies.
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Hardware store to close

12/02/2013 - Ace Hardware in the Bloomfield Plaza at Maple and Telegraph in Bloomfield Township, will be closing its doors in January following more than a quarter century of hardware service at the location. Mark Elmer, who purchased the store in 2007, about two years after the store changed to an Ace Hardware, confirmed the store's liquidation. The former Damman Hardware operated at the location for about 25 years, Elmer said. "Unfortunately, the landlords weren't receptive to negotiating a new lease," Elmer said. "They wanted the rent to go up, and I wanted it to go down." Elmer said failure to establish a lease agreement, combined with aging equipment at the location, economic factors and other issues, were the deciding factors in closing the location. An additional Rochester location, he said, is scheduled to be closed in February for many of the same reasons as the Bloomfield Hills location.

Business Matters for the Birmingham-Bloomfield area are reported by Kevin Elliott. Send items for consideration to KevinElliott@downtownpublications.com. Items should be received three weeks prior to publication.

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