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10/11/2010 - 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.

Children's Leukemia Foundation's CRUSH Somerset Collection

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More than 300, including 168 benefactors who began the evening at Brooks Brothers for a Dom Perignon Champagne reception sponsored by the Varnum law firm, gathered at Somerset Collection South for CRUSH SOMERSET COLLECTION. Some were still taking about Zazio executive chef John Korycki's superb benefactor vintner dinner for 38 hosted the previous evening by Cheryl and Don Leith. All were challenged to sample the presentations at 13 food and wine stations – not an easy, albeit,  delicious assignment. The lounge seating and tables around the fountain in the center court provided good vantage for the short program. It featured award presentations to Great Lakes Wine & Spirits owners Elizabeth & Syd Ross for "…making giving fun" and Diversified Holdings Group CEO Michael Ansley, who happens to be a Crain's 40-Under-40 designate. The Nick Russo family also thanked CLF for its help with their daughter's leukemia battle and then kicked off the dedicated giving with a $250 pledge. When the stations closed, many guests joined the 50 late night arrivals and "wined down" at the Night Moves After-Hours party sponsored by Remy Cointreau USA. CLF of Michigan provides financial and emotional support to families coping with leukemia and related disorders, as well as dollars for research to the state's comprehensive cancer centers. The CRUSH wine and food events are CLF's signature series of fundraisers and raised more than $200,000 in 2010.

DIA @ 125 Gala Committee Social

"A lot nicer than an email blast," is how one committee member among the 65 guests described the cocktail party on Patti and Jim Prowse's terrace last week. It was a beautiful setting for the gala chairs to update committee members regarding ticket sales for the Nov. 13 celebration of the museum's 125th anniversary. It was so grand that Detroit First Lady Yvette Bing evoked a broad smile from architect Mark Johnson, who designed the manse and was on hand to give tours, when she declared, "Now, this is a real mansion!" FYI: reservations are going so well that the museum will definitely be THE place to be Saturday, Nov. 13. For reservations ($2,500, $1,500, $600, $125) call (313) 833-7967.

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