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Brother Rice High School's 50th Anniversary Celebration

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What a birthday party! Brother Rice High School alumni representing all 47 classes came from all over the country to salute the college preparatory school's golden anniversary. Activities were planned around the theme "A powerful legacy and a promising future." Highlights included a pep rally broadcast live on Ken Calvert '69's WCSX morning show; The Great Debate featuring NBC correspondent Chris Hansen '77 as the moderator, and alumni attorneys Matt Allen '92, Shaun Van Horn '00, Anthony Vittiglio '95, and Louis Brown '99 versus Evan Herbert '11, Brian Koziara '09, Alexander Tolksdorf '09, and Michael Crowe '11; an emotional Mass of Thanksgiving co-celebrated by Adam Cardinal Maida and 12 priests; the All Class Reception that attracted 600 to the Centerpoint Marriott Saturday night and the first annual Warrior Classic football game against Catholic Central High School on Sunday afternoon. The latter was a standing-room only event with alumni players representing Coach Al Fracasa's 41-years at the school forming a tunnel for the team's stadium entrance. Mike Farr '85 had paid $1,200 in an auction at the reception for the honor of participating in a ceremonial coin toss before the kick-off. Rice, a big underdog with a 3-3 record, won the toss and the game, upsetting the undefeated #1-ranked team in the state, 17-3. It was the best possible conclusion to the months of planning for the 50th birthday party.

Detroit Public TV's PBS Premiere Night

"An island of decency in a sea of coarseness," is Ken Whipple's suggestion for a Detroit Public TV bumper sticker. He offered it during his award acceptance remarks at the PBS Premiere Night which attracted 200 to the Detroit Athletic Club. Before the awards presentation and dinner they socialized, bid in a silent auction ($7,000) and a live auction ($18,000) of five packages conducted by Fred Nahhat. He got a generous bidder to pay $10,000 for a wine dinner for eight at Bobbi & Stephen Polk's home. The Polk's, who chaired the event and hosted the prelude benefactor dinner but were out of town, addressed the gathering via a video before the awards presentation. Whipple and his wife Kimberly were honored with the John W. Porter Leadership Award. Dr. Ron Goldsberry, who admitted that the late Tony Franco suggested he support DPTV when he first came to Detroit, received the Dolores & George Riley Stewardship Award. Dan Little accepted the Partnership Award on behalf of U-M Dearborn, and Skillman Foundation CEO Carol Goss, who declared herself "really passionate about children," received the Visionary Award. The event, which also showcased the upcoming season's highlights, raised a total of $95,000, thanks also to sponsorship from Greenleaf Trust and ITC.

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