Week of 6.26.17

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Suite Dreams Project Hats Off Luncheon

From the first sip of pink bubbly (in a split with a pink straw) to the Hat Crawl guests’ exit with huge, hot pink balloons, the 16th annual Hats Off Luncheon was a dreamy, Sweet/Suite Sixteen production. During the reception the sold-out crowd (400 @ $150, $200-patron) oohed and aahed each others’ hats and bought all of the 1,000 chance auction raffle tickets. The luncheon program emceed by Rhonda Walker had highlights. Ali MacManus, a songwriter/singer who was born prematurely with multiple birth defects and has survived 11 major surgeries, got a standing ovation when she sang her composition “Breaking Free.”
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July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...more»
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06/27/2017 - GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously injured in an automobile accident on August 10, 2012, at the intersection of Walton and Opdyke in Auburn Hills when another car turned left into Patterson's car. Patterson was in a coma for several weeks, and was left with debilitating injuries. Following surgery, we hear he is receiving physical therapy treatment regularly, and hoping to be back at work at the Executive Office Building for Oakland County later this summer. Looking forward to seeing Patterson out and about in the near future.

HEIR TO THE THRONE: Which leads us to wonder, who might follow the the great and mighty Patterson? Following seven terms in office as Oakland County Executive, he claimed his 2016 race would be his last one. While still early for conjecture about a 2020 race, one thing we know for sure – Republicans will want to keep it all in the family. Sheriff Michael Bouchard said that he would definitely consider running for the position – only if L. Brooks Patterson definitely doesn't run for an incredible eighth wonder term. Otherwise, he'll stay pat at the sheriff's position, where he has a national reputation and sits on several national sheriff and law enforcement boards. As for whispers that Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett may be being groomed for an appointment or run for the executive, Barnett said he's currently focused on his job as mayor. Barnett often works with Brooks, who co-chairs Barnett's Mayor's Business Council. "Brooks is a good friend, and I appreciate his guidance and friendship in my role as mayor," Barnett said. As for his interest in the job, Barnett said he, of course, would be interested, but "I'm sure lots of people would be interested." That includes Oakland County Commissioner Mike Gingell, of Clarkston, who said he has also been in conversations with people about the position, including discussions with Brooks himself. Gingell, who will have a dozen years under his belt on the commission next year, including eight as board chairman, praised the county exec and his team. "I think it's still really early, but it's pretty humbling to have people mention my name for it."

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