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01/23/2012 - Welcome to the home of Social Lights. Read new online reports with photos each week and their reprise in the monthly print edition mailed to 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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Henry Ford Hospital's Second Annual Grand Ball

One could say that advocates of Henry Ford Hospital System's flagship on West Grand Boulevard started practicing for its 100th anniversary celebration last year when they staged the inaugural Grand Ball. It celebrated the Grand Old Lady's 95th year of being, as event co-chair Dick Brodie called it, "…a beacon of hope and caring in Detroit." They'll surely be challenged to top the sold out second celebration held last month. It produced, according to HFHS philanthropy VP Jon Fitzgerald, MGM Grand ballroom's largest ever crowd (nearly 1,000), and the description by CEO Nancy Schlichting of her best birthday present ever. She referred to the call she had recently received on her birthday informing that HFHS had been named one of only four 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients. The award, established in 1987 by Congress, is America's highest honor for innovation and performance excellence in manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofit sectors. She said that HFHS's selection followed a rigorous on site visit and more than 1,200 interviews throughout the entire system. "We did it the hard way," Schlichting noted. The soiree also featured HF Hospital CEO' Dr. John Popovich's presentation of awards to three honorees for their generosity - Fred Hessler, the Carls Foundation, and the late Sophie Meinek, a 25-year employee of the housekeeping department, who bequeathed half her assets ($250,000) to the hospital. Guests then danced to Simone Vitale's music. The evening raised nearly $400,000.

Donor Reception for The Children's Library at Roeper Lower School

Nearly 70 generous supporters of Roeper School attended the VIP grand opening celebration of The Children's Library in the lower school. The $1.1-million project was funded solely by Roeper families, alumni, alumni families, trustees, administrators and community friends. A ribbon-cutting ceremony followed a champagne reception and words of gratitude by Roeper administrators and board chair Steve Milbeck. The ceremony involved Milbeck and lead donors Alan and Ann Frank and Donna and, in absentia, Steven Silk. Then new librarian Carman Pianko's enthusiasm made all wish they were kids again as she pointed out features of the spectacular, tricked out, 21st Century, very green, tech space where "everything moves." The 2,700 sq. ft library is double its former size and now includes a publishing center for students and a collection of printed and digital works by George and Annemarie Roeper, who founded the Pre-K-12 school for gifted children in 1941.

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