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Birmingham Education Foundation's Unabashed Bash

"We are so fortunate to have the foundation…and the best parents in Michigan," declared Birmingham Public Schools chief David Larson. He was talking to the sold out crowd at the 11th annual BEF Unabashed Bash at the Townsend. They had already bid nearly $25,000 in the silent auction and enjoyed the music of the Seaholm Chamber String Ensemble during the cocktail hour. They would further enjoy Seaholm's Jazz Band while they devoured a superb dinner and give a standing ovation to Groves Theatre students for songs from their spring "Bye Bye Birdie" musical. And even though Jim Moll has retired as the principal at Berkshire Middle School, he was on hand for yeoman service as the volunteer auctioneer in the post dinner live auction that raised nearly $25,000. This brought the event gross to more than $133,000 for enrichment programs in the schools. The importance of these programs had been highlighted before dinner when guests saw a video staring singer/songwriter/producer Mike Posner, a graduate of Groves HS, in which he noted how much he owed to Birmingham Public Schools.

The Children's Charities Coalition's Sing Out 4 Kids

The third annual Sing Out 4 Kids attracted more than 200 to The Community House to cheer on the good sports who took to the stage for spirited karaoke performances. These included Kathy Brook Ballard, ReMonda Palmer, Joe Knollenberg, Monica Gail and her husband Dean Greve, Nicki Hathaway, Hal Feder, April Tini, Taylor Segue, Meredith Deighton and Zavette Gibson. Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Henry Baskin shared the emcee duties and Ballard and Karla Sherry co-chaired the rousing event. Selections ranged from Knollenberg's rendition of "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey" to Palmer's version of Whitney Houston's "I Believe in You." The latter was especially poignant because Houston's death occurred earlier in the day. The benefit for the four members of the CCC was presented by the Kroger Co., with additional support from Huntington Bank and Kathy Broock Ballad. The four coalition agencies are The Community House, Variety, CARE House and Orchards Children's Services.

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