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Angel's Place 18th Annual Dinner

Guest speaker Ford CEO Alan Mulally attracted a crowd of 800 to Angel's Place's 18th annual dinner at the Hyatt Regency. He happily posed with patrons during their private reception where Jo Navin was smiling because she got a shot of Mulally kissing car dealer Hoot McInerney. When event co-chair Doug Van Dagens welcomed all at the beginning of the dinner program he revealed that Mulally had also written a substantial personal check for the organization that provides developmentally disabled adults a home for life. During his speech, Mulally noted a number of recent Ford accomplishments. This prompted Kathleen McInerney to ask if he would consider coaching the Lions, to which Mulally quickly responded "No." He also admitted that he could not give the ETA (estimated time of arrival) for stock dividends, but vowed, "It will be sooner rather than later." He concluded by declaring, "I love Michigan, I love Ford and I love being here with you tonight." Following a standing ovation for the "Business Person of the Year", car dealer Doug North pulled the winning raffle ticket for his donation of a two-year lease on a 2011 Ford Fiesta. It was won by Terry Nagel, Jr. who donated it back to Angel's Place, of which his mother was a co-founder. Another highlight of the evening was Mark Tisdale's acceptance of the Touched by An Angel Award for staging 16 annual benefit concerts for AP. He confided that it all developed because 18 years ago his wife gave him voice lessons for a Christmas gift. The very congenial evening raised $200,000, including the $40,000 raised by the raffle.

Beaumont's Ministrelli Women's Heart Center's Heart to Heart de Mode

The 12 Chinese raffle items on display at the pre-luncheon reception competed with the socializing that is de rigueur for ladies who lunch. However, by the time the 160 guests strolled from Saks Fifth Avenue's east court to Brio Tuscan Grill for lunch, they had managed to buy $2,500 worth of raffle tickets. After a superb lunch they strolled back to Saks. Before the runway fashion show, Ministrelli Women's Heart Center director Dr. Pamela Marcovitz told guests, "You have my heart-felt thanks, pun intended." Beaumont Foundation's Margaret Cooney Casey noted that Florine Ministrelli was a woman with a mission when she established the heart center and praised the event leadership. SFA's Cheryl Hall Lindsay, whose commentary of the show was fun and enlightening, acknowledged that the red dress segment in the show was a Ministrellii request.  After the show many of the guests used their gift cards, quite a few of them selecting items from the show. The popular event netted nearly $20,000 for the heart center.

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