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09/27/2010 - 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.

Karmanos Partners' Evening

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People are still talking about the Karmanos Partners' Evening that attracted some 700 people to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Esthetically, they refer to the huge tent over the entrance driveway and stairs where the partying began before one even entered the museum and the variety of seating options and the décor in the Great Hall and Diego Riviera Court. Culinary highlights were the outstanding small plate fare served at stations that ringed the hall and court. (See menu cards in photo gallery and drool.) The music and dancing energy were supplied by Mel Ball and Colours. But the warm and fuzzy vibes were supplied by honorees Kenneth and Frances Eisenberg and their progeny, including grandson Noah, 11, whose performance at the mike, like a pro, of "The Happy Song" by Robert Dempster, kicked off the program. When Ken explained that both his father and father-in-law lost their lives to cancer and that his wife successfully fought breast cancer in 1989, there was no doubting the depth of the couple's commitment to the comprehensive cancer center. Dr. Patricia LoRusso, director of the center's Phase 1 investigational therapeutics program, told the poignant story of "Jonathan," and board chair Alan Schwartz said that the Eisenberg's and some friends would match the event proceeds dollar for dollar up to $1 million. This brought rousing applause from the guests, many of whom are well known philanthropists. Another cheer went up for Donna Czarnik when emcee Warren Pierce announced her as the raffle winner ($5,000 Somerset shopping spree donated by the Forbes family). When the numbers were all in, the 17th annual Partners two-part event (golf and gala), the gala silent auction ($40,000), raffle and the generous matching gift totaled $2.1-million for research at Karmanos. And that's definitely worth talking about.

Ted Lindsay Foundation 10 annual Golf Classic

"People should line up to pay back when Ted asks," opined Dick Cote during the social hour at the Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing. It attracted 185 golfers and 280 dinner guests to Wabeek Country Club. Cote was chatting with Father Don Worthy who suggested that Ted Lindsay is more relevant today at age 85 than he was when he was playing hockey. During the dinner program, current Red Wing coach Mike Babcock called the hockey legend "a difference maker." One of the differences he has been making since 2001 is in funding for autism research. The 2010 event will increase the $2-million he has already raised by more than $135,000. Researcher at Thoughtful House for Children in Austin, TX Dr. Laura Hewitson gave an update on their autism research and thanked Lindsay for his foundation's support. So how did Lindsay originally get involved in fundraising for autism research? A friend with an autistic son asked him to do so.

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