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Boys & Girls Clubs Celebration Dinner

Twenty-three years ago the Women's Association began staging a fundraising dinner event that, unlike the WA's traditional luncheon events, added men to the guest list by honoring individuals and couples whose lives serve as great role models for the 26,000 members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. This year's event attracted 180 supporters to Bloomfield Hills Country Club to honor Yvette and Dave Bing. Like the preceding dinners, it was notable for its intimate, friendly atmosphere, even though Mayor Bing, a Boys Club member in Washington, D.C. during his youth, had to send his salutations from Turin, Italy. Before he delivered the invocation, NFL Hall of Famer Rev. Lem Barney expressed his heartfelt admiration for NBA All-Star Bing and joked that "…it's okay for men to kiss if they keep their eyes open." Then he quipped, "When you are a preacher you can say whatever you want."

Two club members addressed the guests. Thirteen-year-old Aaliyhah Hardy sang "Hero", and Brandon Harrison, the B&G Wilson Club's Youth of the Year who speaks eight foreign languages, told the crowd that the club was "…like a refuge for me." It gave him a job as a teacher when he was only 16 and got him through issues "…I'd never get through by myself." Harrison is now studying foreign languages at Oakland U. Then Yvette Bing accepted the event award from immediate past board president John James and his wife Sharon. Among those giving her a standing ovation were past honorees Linda Gillum, Irma Elder, Lil & Alex Erdeljian, Bob & Maggie Allesee, Paul & Sue Nine, and event co-chairs Bev Moore and Kathy Antonini. The dinner raised more than $111,000, which will support Club programs and facilities.

Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary's Holiday Tables

The 35th annual Holiday Tables exhibition featured 13 unique table/vignettes created by generous and talented people.  The tables were revealed at the Patron Tea, which attracted more than 100 guests, including event gold sponsor Ann Rosenthal with her friend Sylvia Smaltz and most of the exhibitors. One of the latter, Chris Lamarche, was the lucky door prize winner of the Guerlain basket of products (valued at $500-plus) and a girlfriends party at Neiman Marcus with Guerlain's representative from Paris. Pianist Alice Berberian Haidostian played all three-plus hours of the tea. The lovely tea table was wisely set up in the Oak Room, rather than the dining room as in years past, thus permitting tables and chairs for sit-down socializing.

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