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Christ Child Society's Night of Angels

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More than 200 supporters of the CCS gathered at Oakland Hills Country Club for the festive annual Night of Angels fundraiser. Following cocktails, emcee WDIV-TV's Karen Drew testified from personal observation that Christ Child House for abused children "Truly changes lives." Dinner was followed by a fun live auction of 18 lots. Eric Cherney, one of 22 junior CCS members volunteering at the event, manned the gavel for two items – gift wrapping services and party services - donated by junior members. And auctioneer Charles Wickins added his service as a butler at a dinner party catered by OHCC chef Michael Herr with divine conversation by Monsignor John Zenz which sold for $2,700. Longtime member Pam Gray was curious to see who would buy the item her daughter Lauren ("…a Christ Child baby" now working in NYC) helped acquire. The weekend-in-New York package was bought by Jim & Colleen Sirhal, whose two sons also live in the Big Apple. In all, the live auction brought in $28,000. Added to the silent auction take ($21,000), dedicated giving ($17,600), raffles ($7,200) and tickets, the event raised $100,000-plus. Supporters and interior design buffs will convene for the society's annual Christmas Home Tour with lunch and boutique shopping, Friday, Dec. 3. Call Deb Crawford at (248) 891-8450 for tickets ($45) and information.

Variety's Lights Camera Auction!

Nearly 400 attended Variety, The Children's Charity's Lights, Camera Auction! casual fundraiser hosted by Paul Glantz at his Emagine Theatre in Novi's Fountain Walk. They bid $9,000 in a silent auction of 60 items and savored great fare donated by more than 30 generous restaurants (see photo gallery) before taking in a choice of movies with popcorn and pop. They also donated enough dollars @ $182.45 each, including helmet & lock, to give 34 bikes to deserving needy and special needs children at the Bikes for Kids Party Dec. 8. The popular event netted $32,000. Bikes can still be donated by calling (248) 258-5511.

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