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01/03/2011 - Welcome to the home of Social Lights. Read new online reports with photos each week and their reprisals in the monthly print edition mailed to over 26,000 homes in Birmingham-Bloomfield at the start of each month. If you are not receiving the print edition by mail, you can order a subscription in the upper right index at the top of this page (subscriptions). If you want e-mail notification of when new Social Lights columns are posted to this site each Monday, sign up in the Newsletter Sign Up box at the lower right side of this home page.

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By any standards the Thanksgiving holiday reunion / charity fundraiser launched four years ago by former Bloomingham area school pals was a smashing success. The fourth annual version sold out two weeks in advance and organizers even saw several ticket postings on Craig's List. The 400 ticket holders - mostly twenty-somethings and a few of their parents - partied big time at The Reserve. They stopped dancing to Good Gravy 's rockin' tunes long enough for CATCH representative Colby Zemmin to thank them for supporting the children's charity started by the late Sparky Anderson. They also bought $4,000 worth of raffle tickets for donated goodies, like an iPad and a wagon full of party essentials. The event netted an all time high of $15,500, and prompted the organizers to begin planning next year's event.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Annual Gala Evening at the Movies

The CCFA's 33rd annual fundraising movie night was a warm salute to Dr. Bob Truding. It attracted 500 to the Palladium Theatre before the holidays for dining on the stroll prior to a short program that put the spotlight on Truding's legacy of giving. His devotion to his young patients with an inflammatory bowel disease was the subject of a moving video as well as the presentation remarks by Dr. Souheil Gebara.  "When Dr. Truding returns from camp (the CCFA Camp Oasis), he comes back smiling," noted Gebara, the honoree's Beaumont office mate. Michigan chapter CCFA board president Walter Schram then happily announced the creation of two camp scholarships in Truding's name. Among those giving Truding a standing ovation before taking in one of three movie choices were: his wife Dale and more than two dozen personal friends; past honorees Harriet and Shel Fuller, Carol and Skip Robert, Jean Dubin and Jill Sklar; board members James Bond, Dr. Jason Bodzin, Katie Coleman, Jason Golnick, Dr. Ellen Zimmerman, Dawn Aronoff and Robert Higbee; and an impressive number of his grateful patients and their families. The event raised nearly $120,000.

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