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09/07/2010 - Forgotten Harvest's Champagne Cruise

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Mark Anusbigian and his Westborn Market crew know how to stage a Dream Cruise preview party. For starters, the 600-plus guests at the eighth annual Champagne Cruise on Friday night were greeted by valet parkers who very efficiently got them out of the Woodward traffic. Immediately upon entering the giant white tent, they were offered sparkling Piper Heidsieck Champagne. It paired well with the chilled shrimp, other Westborn-donated savories, and the offerings at 11 more food stations. Music by the Sun Messengers could not drown out the "varoom" of all the cars, but it did get some folks on the dance floor before volunteer auctioneer Greg Bator conducted a brief live auction. It, plus a silent auction which provided a diversion from the car watching, accounted for more than $12,000 of the event total $145,131. This will enable Forgotten Harvest to deliver roughly 725,000 meals to emergency food providers.

Variety's Cruisin' for the Dream

The first Dream Cruise party benefiting Variety attracted 200 to the tented parking lot in front of Matt Prentice's Northern Lakes Seafood restaurant in the Raddison. By the 6 p.m. start time, the rain was gone and the weather was perfect for car watching. It was also quite agreeable for socializing, checking out a small silent auction, playing some skill activities and for eating Kobe beef sliders and other tasty goodies. A 1982 Mercedes Benz convertible anonymously donated for auction also got attention. When the bidding on it closed, Linda Silvasi's $7,000 was tops. This brought the event proceeds to $30,000. A band had some in the crowd dancing long after the cruising stopped at 9 p.m. Variety loyalists will reconvene Monday, Sept. 20 at Birmingham Country Club for the Annual Kovan Golf Outing which was rained out earlier in the summer. Golf and dinner spots are still available. Call (248) 258-5511.

Bloomfield Township Classic Car Show

The sixth annual Classic Car Show on Dream Cruise day had more cars than ever (24) registered for individual display at Mercedes Benz of Bloomfield and sold out the car club spaces (61) at Comerica Bank. Except for the steady drizzle, which Bloomfield Township's Leslie Helwig admitted did keep a few of the registrants home, the record registrations and two sponsorships made it the "best yet." Sponsor Superformance drew a crowd with its Shelby Cobra reproductions and sponsor Daniel Krug & Associates entertained clients and friends under a special tent. There is no admission charge for the event but proceeds from car registrations, parking and sponsorships totaled more than $10,000. This will be divided among the Bloomfield Township Police Benevolent Fund, Bloomfield Township Fire Department Charities and the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club.

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