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Henry Ford Health System's A Haunted Night at the Museum

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Henry Ford's SandCastles grief support program for children was a perfect beneficiary for a party that gave carte blanche to lots of big people to dress up and act like kids at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The costume party attracted 165, many of whom, like HF West Bloomfield CEO Gerard VanGrinsven, were not even recognizable.  Given the nature of the beneficiary, instead of gingerbread houses, eight talented chefs created confectionery sand castles for the silent auction, which raised $1,200. Three humanitarian awards, named in honor of the late Dr. Jo Magno whose son was in the crowd, were presented. Comerica Bank's foundation president Caroline Chambers accepted one for her company. When longtime HFHS board member Walt Douglas accepted his award ("When Walt offers ideas, we all listen," declared presenter Bob Riney) he praised Dr. Magno and introduced his family. The third award went to Dr. John Popovich, the first M.D. in many years to lead the flagship Henry Ford Hospital. He also recalled Magno, especially "…her ability to inspire and to change radically the way we treat patients…cure sometimes, relieve often, comfort always." Two young SandCastles alumni then spoke convincingly of the benefits of participating in the program, which is available to all children who have lost a loved one. They motivated guests to pledge nearly $10,000 for SandCastles' camperships. In all the haunting evening raised $70,000 for SandCastles.

A FangTastic Private Party

Cobwebs, a mummy, bones and splendid hospitality abounded throughout Linda Orlans' Birmingham home on the night some 150 costumed friends had a "howling good time" at her annual Halloween party. Guests ranged from some of Orlans' colleagues in the legal, mortgage, title and banking industry to friends from her philanthropies like Cranbrook Art Academy & Museum, Beyond Basics and the Michigan Parade Company. In fact, former Parade Company president Joan LeMahieu and her husband Tom came from California, where she now manages The Mountain Winery, to attend the spooky soiree dressed as a Sommelier (Tom) and a grapevine (Joan). We spotted Lady Gagas, Elmo with Kate Perry, Bonnie & Clyde and a pulchritudinous pirate, to name just a few of the fun costumed characters roaming the spirited scene at the home of the generous and decidedly successful entrepreneur ( 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner).

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