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09/20/2010 - 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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Preludes to DIA @ 125 Gala

Fair Radom and Gayle Camden, event co-chairs with Yvette Bing, plus Connie Ross, Janis Wetsman, SuSu Sosnick, Maureen D'Avanzo and some DIA staffers recently convened at Forte Belanger's Troy headquarters to decide on the menu for the DIA @125 Gala Nov. 13 at the museum. Though both entrée presentations for the tier one ticketholders were outstanding, the balsamic seared prime Angus beef paired with citrus seared scallops in black truffle oil won out over the roasted rack of veal paired with herb stuffed prawns. Such a difficult decision!

Last Wednesday evening Mayor Dave Bing and his wife hosted 120 of the benefactor ticket ($2,500) holders for a cocktail party at the mayoral mansion in which they had lived a mere week. Because the event pre-dated the official press reveal, photos were not permitted but we can tell you that the gaudy ceiling mural in the oval room just beyond the entry is now history. Speaking of history, Dick Manoogian shared the story of how his father, an immigrant who arrived at Ellis Island in 1920 with $25 and an education (including five languages, none of which were English), came to Detroit to work for $5 a day at Ford. He saved enough money to buy some used machinery, worked hard, created what is now Masco Corporation and was able to buy the house at an auction in 1940 for $25,000. Dick and his sister grew up there and attended the area public schools. When his parents became empty nesters in 1966 they gave the home to the city for use as the mayor's house. "Tonight will go down in history as one of the really good parties here," he concluded. Then DIA director Graham Beal told his own immigrant story of being a long haired hippie in the 1970s who came to America to marry a Minnesota woman. He introduced party sponsor Christie's chair emeritus Stephen Lash who praised the DIA and the soul of Detroit. Among those enjoying the hospitality were the Gala chairs, the honorees Marianne & Alan E. Schwartz, the Joe Hudsons, Gil SIlvermans, David Foltyns, Herb Abrashes, Patrick Kersics, Bonnie Larson, Ruth Glancy and the Tom Schoeniths, who donated the wine for the party from their private collection. For an invitation to the main event Saturday, Nov. 13, call (313) 833-7967.

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