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08/30/2010 - Welcome to the new home of Social Lights. Only the publication name has changed. We will continue to cover the southeast Michigan non-profit events that Birmingham Bloomfield residents support. Read new online reports with photos each week and their reprisals in the monthly print edition which you will get free by mail in the 48009, 48301,48302 & 48304 zip codes. If you live elsewhere, call (248) 792-6464 to order a subscription.


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DIFFA's Dining by Design for the Michigan Aids Coalition

The Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids introduced Dining by Design in 1997, and it has been wildly popular in cities across the country ever since. Not surprising, given this area's wealth of design talent, Detroit's inaugural production of the event chaired by Ann Duke and Kelly Deines was spectacular. It attracted 550 for the Thursday night opening event - Cocktails by Design and The ArtWorks for Life auction. As guests disembarked the elevator on the 11th floor of the Benson & Edith Ford Conference Center at the A. Alfred Taubman New Center campus of the College for Creative Studies, they faced one of the 22 fabulous dining installations (it was white) flanked by colorful sections of the Names Project Memorial AIDS Quilt. Servers were passing sustenance such as blue martinis and, surprisingly tasty, chocolate-coated slices of crispy bacon. The challenge of the evening was to view all the installations (many are in the photo gallery) and the art (150-plus works) and 100 other items donated for the silent and live auctions, socialize, catch the entertainment by Detroit FlyHouse performers, dance to DJ music, and sample the cuisine from 22 participating restaurants. It was truly a feast for all the senses. On Friday, all was open for touring. Saturday night 250 guests cocktailed, dined in the installations on Matt Prentice cuisine, bid on auction items, and danced. The auctions brought in $40,000. This, along with the ticket sales and sponsor dollars, will help fund the Michigan AIDS Coalition's advocacy, education and outreach programs. Birmingham designer Shirley Maddalena, who did an installation and attended both Cocktails and Dining, summed up most opinions, "I thought it was an amazing event. I can't wait for next year."

The Community House Community Service Award

"(In retirement) golf would not be enough, the way I play," quipped Tom Denomme when he accepted the 2010 Community Service Award from The Community House board chair Don Kunz. The retired Chrysler vice chair went on to declare that his last 13 years of serving community organizations  "…have been the most interesting, challenging and rewarding (of my life)." In conversation after the presentation, he also confided that one of his favorite volunteer activities was unrelated to his legendary finance and administrative strengths. It was "schlepping the art" for the OUR TOWN art show and sale at TCH. Among well wishers in the crowd of 60 on the Van Dusen Terrace at TCH were past award winners and fellow Beaumont Hospital board members and staffers. Beaumont saluted Denomme's five-year Beaumont board leadership by sponsoring the reception.

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