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11/01/2010 - 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.

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's Fall Spectacular

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The good old boy atmosphere of SJMO 's former Men of Mercy fundraiser permeates this successor event and makes it lots of fun, rather like hanging with the guys after a ball game or a round of golf. To the Townsend on a Thursday night it attracted a sold out crowd of 370, including 160 who attended the VIP reception. The jock stuff comes in via the honoree / former Detroit Lions coach Rick Forzano and celebrities Howie Long, Mike Trico and Lem Barney, the latter now a minister. Their back and forth good natured bantering and reminiscing, adroitly facilitated by emcee Guy Gordon, was eminently entertaining. The warm and fuzzies were also there, like the standing ovation for longtime SJMO supporter Hoot McInerney, whom Forzano called "Mr. St. Joe Mercy" and Forzano's declaration that a member of his family's life was saved by the hospital the staff. He also saluted his "assistant head coach Betty, my wife of 56 years" and concluded that "…God and family are the pillars of my inner strength." The evening that brought to $4.8-million the sum raised for campus regeneration concluded with the good old boys and their wives after-glowing in "Joe's Lounge," set up in the ballroom lobby.

JVS Women to Work Program Fashion Benefit at Saks Fifth Avenue

The Fall for Fashion Show that Saks Fifth Avenue hosted for the JVS Women to Work Program drew rave reviews from the 100-plus women and a few brave men who attended. Teri Jon designer Rickie Freeman met benefactors before the runway show of elegant evening wear designed to flatter every figure. Selections ranged from neutrals to little black day dresses, to jewel-toned brocade and taffeta strapless cocktail gowns with jackets and full length one shoulder gowns. The fun-filled evening raised more than $8,000 for the JVS program, which assists women who re-enter the workplace after significant life-changing events. You can see some of the Teri Jon collection at www.saks.com.

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