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02/07/2011 - 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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Beaumont's Broadway Premiere Night

Before the curtain went up on "Mary Poppins" at the Detroit Opera House the night it played to 2,000 supporters of Beaumont Hospital's Betty Nederlander Healing Fund, some 350 of them socialized and supped at the reception for patrons and sponsors. In that crowd were nearly 30 members comprising three generations of the theatrical Nederlander family. Most of them, like Liz Nederlander Coden, came from out of town and enjoyed reuniting with former neighbors like Dr. Murray and Dorothy Mahlin. The pre-curtain program featured appreciative remarks by hospital President/CEO Gene Michalski, anecdotes by Betty's beloved Fred, gratitude for support of the fund from the theatre community and the Disney company by daughter Amy, a Broadway producer, and the observation by daughter Lisa that her late mother, like Mary Poppins, could make things seem better over an ice cream sundae. In the audience that then settled in to enjoy the Broadway hit musical were 222 Friends of Betty ticket holders - pediatric cancer patients and their families whose tickets were purchased by donors. The theatre seat next to Fred was occupied by a photo of Betty, a bouquet of her favorite brightly colored roses and an authentic Mary Poppins parrot-handled umbrella. The second annual event raised $170,000 to support Beaumont's Cancer Institute, which served Betty Nederlander and her family so compassionately.

St. Regis School's Casino & Auction

The parents of St. Regis School certainly know how to have a good time while they raise serious money for the Catholic elementary school. They congregated 400 strong January 22 Down on the Boardwalk. Actually, Megan Maderosian's committee just made the Birmingham Country Club seem like an Atlantic City casino for the gaming and auction event and lots of guests wore sequins and bling. The gaming provided the fun but the auction action provided the dollars. The short (five items) live auction raised $11,000 but it was the silent auction that went viral, especially the 32 donated parties that raised $35,000. The donated social events ranged from kids parties to cottage house parties to a dodge ball party at the BAC for 20 couples. So not only did the St. Regis community have fun raising funds, they will also have fun "cashing in" their auction prizes.

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