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ChildSafe Michigan Legends Gala

Legends were the story at the ChildSafe gala. But not the celebrity type. Rather at-risk children and their dreams for becoming Legends of Tomorrow a doctor, a ballerina, a teacher. To make those dreams come true, 310 supporters ($300) flocked to the Townsend Hotel for the annual benefit. Event co-chairs SuSu Sosnick and Christine & David Colman and board chair Keith Pomeroy greeted the 125 VIPs ($500) who arrived early for a reception in the Clancy Room before dinner, a salute to honoree Sandy Pierce and a live auction conducted by Christopher Aslanian. The auction concluded with a package Katie Valenti hustled during the reception by getting 11 good guys (Sam Valenti Sr, Sam Valenti, Jr., Keith Pomeroy, Joseph Saker, Bruce Kridler, Yousif Ghafari, David Colman, Tom Cunnington, Peter Ghafari, Tim Clarey and Tom Pierce) to combine their talents for a super duper dinner party. It sold for $27,000. Thanks also to generous sponsors, (see photo gallery) the evening raised a record $450,000 for ChildSafe's foster care, adoption and mentoring programs.

Beaumont Drive to Beat Breast Cancer

What Susan Cooper and the late Dr. John Ingold founded 22 years ago as a golf and bridge tournament for women has really grown. Big time. This year it required two venues the Village Club for more than 250 bridge and canasta players and Bloomfield Hills Country Club for 153 men and women golfers. Martha Quay and Michelle Kleiman organized the card scene that rewarded two teams of players: Claudia Snyder and Valerie Strait for 1st place; Rachel Herbst and Marion Wyatt for 2nd place. (The latter was especially pleased because she had participated all 22 years and never before been a winner.) Chris Emde and Ryan Marsh chaired the golf committee. They got golf instruction legend Rick Smith to hit tee shots with each foursome and presented several prizes. Rob Kowalski was Closest to the Pin. Jeff Blake and Martha Palmer were Longest Drive. Howard Wolpin and Karen Glorio Luther were Most Accurate. The top three teams were 1st - Seizert Capital Partners, 2nd Minute Man Services, Inc., 3rd Huron Capital. Prizes were presented at the dinner concluding the day's activities when more than 200 gathered for cocktails on the front porch and the dinner in an adjacent tent. Because the event funds support Beaumont's Walter and Marilyn Wolpin Comprehensive Breast Care Center, the dinner program featured an update by the center's first breast surgery fellow Dr. Nayana Dekhne. There was also a raffle won by longtime committee member Jan Mann. With the support of many sponsors (see photo gallery) the day added $175,000 to the $3.4-million raised since the event was launched.

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