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Look over the following list of fundraising events and pick a non-profit you'd like to support. If you get to the party and don't know anyone, find me. I've been covering the charity scene for 35 years and can probably introduce you to some really nice people. Heck, if you can't afford a ticket, call and see if they need volunteers. Sally G

Jennifer & David Fischer, Linda & Rob Powers, Alison & Brad Oleshansky and JJ & Anthony Curis are the host committee for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Fourth Annual Interchange Art + Dinner Series summer fundraiser. Next on the schedule – Hawkins Ferry House Unobstructed Views Art Auction - is 7 pm, Thursday, July 27. A modernist gem, the house was designed by William Kessler in 1962 and restored in 2015 with the owners original intention in mind – to showcase a vast art collection and views of Lake St. Clair. Plans include drinks, dinner and a curated collection of groundbreaking contemporary art available for purchase on For tickets ($200) go to

Jason Brooks, Scott Marcus and Mark Tapper are chairing ORT's annual Rub-a-Dub 5:30 pm, Tuesday, August 15th at Franklin Hills Country Club. Plans include valet parking, open bar, dinner, a raffle with a $5,000 Somerset Collection gift card as the grand prize, an extensive silent auction, a live auction and, in the spirit of the first Rub-a-Dub event, an Instant Lottery ticket "rub off." For sponsorships, program book ads and tickets call 248-723-8860.

Carolynn & Aaron Frankel, Peter Ghafari and Suzanne & Sean Werdlow are chairing the DIA Founders Junior Council annual FASH BASH, Thursday, Aug. 17 at the museum. The honorary chairs are: Anabelle & Robert DiPilla, Nicole & Stephen Eisenberg, Sarah & Calvin Ford, Rebecca & Jake Grove, Gregory Haynes & Richard Sonenklar, Jennifer & Rick Perry, Mohammad Qazi and Lori & Lawrence Rapp. Plans include valet parking, cocktails at 7 pm and the Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion runway show at 8:30. For more information call 313.833.5646 or send an email to

The Bates Street Block Party is 12-5 pm Saturday, Aug. 12 in the streets surrounding The Community House. The outdoor event will feature tastings from restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries. Michigan food vendors will also sample and sell the best of the state's cheeses, baked goods, jams, and other edible products. With live entertainment and family-friendly children's activities, the Bates Street Block Party will have something for everyone. For tickets that include unlimited station tastings and three drink sampler (in advance $25-adult, $5-children 12 and under) call 248-644-5832. Full size beverages will also be available for purchase. Tickets at the door are $30 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Children under 3 get in for free. The Bates Street Block Party is held rain or shine. If you are a local business and interested in participating in the Bates Street Block Party as a vendor, contact Lori Rondello, Director, Special Events at 248-594-6403 or by email at

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