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10/04/2010 - Welcome to the new home of Social Lights. 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, you can order a subscription in the upper right index at the top of this page (subscriptions). If you want e-mail notification of when new Social Lights columns are posted to this site each Monday, sign up in the Newsletter Sign Up box at the lower right side of this home page.

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Friends of Oakland Family Services' Big Band Night

Donna Young and her committee surely had lots of fun researching the '40s and '50s to plan their benefit party that attracted nearly 220 to the Townsend Sept. 24. We're talking white carnation boutonnières for the men and orchid wrist corsages for the ladies; demonstrations of ballroom, jitterbug and Lindy dances by Arthur Murray dancers; two pretty cigarette girls in short skirts and net stockings. (Not to worry. The cigarettes and cigars in their trays were the candy variety.) Friends board president Dee Wright-Masilotti also referenced how they studied old menus before selecting Caesar salad and braised short ribs of beef. She also did a stellar job detailing the OFS loyalties of the three honorary chair couples – Julie & Joe Beals, Bettty & Herb Fisher and Kathy & Kirk Martin. And after the live bidding conducted pro bono by auctioneer David Levy and pledges inspired by OFS CEO Michael Earl generated $ 21,600, it seemed like the whole room crowded the dance floor to dance to Jerry Fenby Band's music. The retro event grossed more than $34,000 to help OFS establish healthy individuals and successful families.

Motor City Lyric Opera's Night at the French Opera

The MCLO Children's Chorus and members of Detroit Country Day School's performing arts conservatory recently shared the stage with mezzo-soprano Leah Dexter and tenor Corey Roberts at DCDS's Seligman Performing Arts Center. Their selections from "Carmen," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Les Miserables" earned them enthusiastic applause from the audience of 250. Socializing preceded and followed the performance which was introduced by honorary chair Jack Krasula. He made a compelling pitch for MCLO's mission – to take fine music to Detroit schools. The event raised some $25,000 for the organization's Operas on Wheels program.

The Community House's Classical Brunch Series

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