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Art of Fashion & Research for Van Andel Institute

Seventy guests ($150 ticket) convened March 9 at Neiman Marcus for the luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the Lighthouse Group to benefit the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids. During the pre-luncheon champagne reception, they socialized, perused designer apparel in the third floor salons and had make-up applications by stylists from Guerlain, Trish McEvoy and Le Métier de Beauté. After lunch, two passions were on display during the presentation before the fashion show. The first was Carol Van Andel's for the cutting edge research, collaborations and education (cancer and Parkinson's disease) that occurs at the institute founded 20 years ago by her in-laws. She concluded her description of the initiatives and the researchers with "...I don't have a job, I have a dream." The second was NM style adviser Ken Dewey's fervor for fashion. He called the show a passion play in three acts which he named Take It to the Max, The Now of the New and The Games People Play. He also shared notable quotes about fashion. Like iconic NYC jeweler Harry Winston's "People will stare. Make it worth their while." The audience applauded many of the looks (see photo gallery). And anyone who did not take home what Dewey called the huge "Bribe Bag" hanging on each chair missed out on valuable gifts from the generous cosmetic houses.

McCann Benefit for Kidney Foundation

On World Kidney Day (March 9) more than 200 people accepted McCann Worldgroup Diversified Agencies Global President Bill Kolb's invitation to "Eat, Drink & Be Giving" at his company's newly-renovated Detroit headquarters in Birmingham. Two soaring pillars in the flower-bedecked lobby were wrapped in Kidney Foundation orange with the legend "Give a Piece of Yourself." (See photo gallery) A splendid silent auction (that raised $21,000), a creative kidney display, food stations and bars were in the adjoining room. National Kidney Foundation Michigan COO Linda Smith-Wheelock marveled, "Even the bathrooms have kidney facts graphics." Kolb's charitable hospitality was motivated by his co-chairmanship with Henry Ford Health System's Wright Lassiter lll of the May 21 Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo. To fuel guests' interest in participating, Melissa Leonard told the moving story of her husband's life-giving gift of a kidney to his twin brother and 15-year-old Danny Zivian told of his future kidney transplant. "Is anybody here type O?" he asked. The good-natured teen has raised $85,000 for the National Kidney Foundation Michigan since he was 11. "My goal is to get to $100,000 by the time of my transplant," he said. All funds raised will help the NKFM prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. This includes 900,000 Michiganers. For Walk information and registration go to

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