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Junior League of Birmingham's Mistletoe Madness

For the 26th annual holiday fundraiser, the Junior League of Birmingham went Home for the Holidays. Actually, members and their guests enjoyed the decidedly generous hospitality of Art Van Furniture as they sipped, supped and socialized throughout its Royal Oak showrooms. The honorary chairs were WDIV's style reporter Jon Jordan and traffic reporter Ashlee Barclay. Barclay was a terrific model for one of Ferndale fashion designer Matt Richmond's cocktail dresses which he constructs out of paper and other recyclables. The music was splendid. Matt Kysia entertained the 23 VIP guests during the hour-long Scott Shruptine patron party before the rest of the partiers (190 total) arrived and Violao (Sean Blackman and Wayne Gerard) took over for the rest of the evening. So were the Michigan beers and wines from the Cork Wine Pub and the Mistletoe Mojitos made of El Dorado DE MERARA Rum from Glenn Peacock and 2 Unique Caterer's 's fare, like roasted chicken breast with asparagus on vegetable risotto. Most also bid in a silent auction and bought raffle tickets. The event raised $17,000 for JLB's efforts to improve and protect the quality of children's lives.

Friends of Preservation Bloomfield's Family Hour and Gingerbread House Brunch

"I'm blown away by these wonderful gingerbread houses," exclaimed emcee Fox 2's Monica Gayle. She was addressing the 200-plus guests at Preservation Bloomfield's fourth annual Gingerbread House Brunch at Oakland Hills Country Club. She referred to the 22 expertly crafted, remarkable creations generously donated to help finance the restoration of the Barton Farmhouse. It awaits completion on the Bloomfield Public Schools Bowers Farm campus. (See them in the photo gallery) One of the exhibits, by Manchester Bakery's Melanie Weidmaye, even includes the three campus structures. Brunch chair Denni Dall'Olmo noted that hers "…was the easiest job I ever had (thanks to) the efficient, fun, wonderful group of women." They not only secured, displayed and sold the houses, they also secured and sold table top trees and wreaths and conducted a raffle and a mini live auction.

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