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CARE House of Oakland County's Circle of Friends 15th Anniversary

The 15th annual Circle of Friends fundraising luncheon for CARE House of Oakland County attracted 285 guests (minimum $150 ticket) to the Townsend January 27. Among them were C o F co-founders Doris August, Vicki Celani, Janet Grant, Dr. Linda Sircus and Lois Shaevsky, who were recognized for what they started and other 15-year CoF patrons Maggie Allesee, Janann Hoge, Darlene Jackson and current CEO Pat Rosen. CH board president Cathy Weissenborn also honored four hands-on volunteers:Nina Cutler, Joan Groves, Janet Frericks, and Tracey Goddeens. She then got a big cheer when she said that the agency had been able to move into its new home because the campaign she had announced last year was 3/4 of the way to its goal.

Program emcee WWJ's Marie Osborne then introduced the featured speaker,Jenna Bush Hager, one of President George and Laura Bush's twin daughters. Though youthful, her UNICEF experiences working with abused children in Latin America and Africa which resulted in her NY Times bestseller "Ana's Story" gave her total admiration for CARE House's mission. She even expressed the hope that someone in the audience might be able to donate the remaining one-quarter of the campaign goal. Those who knew that the needed sum, which had not been stated, was one-quarter of $4-million, smiled at her optimism. They also smiled with affection during the Q & A when she concluded an answer about being the daughter of a president: ""There are far worse problems than your father being president of the United States. Don't feel sorry for me," she said. The Circle of Friends event raised $80,000 to help CARE House help heal 5,000 clients each year.

Bush Hager's friendliness charmed lots of people the preceding evening at the Preview Party hosted by Elyse and David Foltyn, well known for their warm and generous hospitality. It attracted 100 ($250-minimum) loyal CARE House supporters, neighbors and the host's legal community colleagues like Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren who is always eager to inform new acquaintances about Patriot Week. (Get information at www.PatriotWeek.org.) Guests socialized, sipped and supped on savory cuisine by Sherri Waltz Catering. In a conversation, CARE House staffer Shawn Ciavattone told how one of the youngsters visiting the new building for the first time told him, "It's so peaceful here. I feel like I can fly." There will be a CARE House Grand Opening Preview Party the evening of April 14, followed by an official ribbon cutting the next morning. To get an invitation call CARE House at (248) 332-7175.

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