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Angels Place Friends & Family Fun Day

More than 500 people of all ages ($20 tickets) flocked to the annual happening that Angels Place has been staging for 14 years. Forty of them came early for the run/walk/roll through the Marian High School neighborhood. Then the main, carnival-type event opened at 10 am with a welcome by sponsor Sun Community's John McLaren and a chorus of the National Anthem led by the Marian Melodies. After that, it was full speed ahead to the giant slide, inflatables, rock climbing wall, pony rides, petting farm, basketball challenge zone, dunk tank, face painting station, raffle booth and ever-popular game tent with prizes for all. The latter has been coordinated for all 14 years by Mark and Amy Carroll, who now have three kids to help out. Food breaks offered National Coney Islands, ice cream, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn. Nora Grabowski won the chocolate chip cookie contest and the Lions' Roary, Tigers' Paws and Disney's Snow Queen Elsa schmoozed everybody. That includes the residents of the 20 Angels Place homes where people with disabilities know lifetime care in a family-like setting. Thanks to generous sponsors (see photo gallery) the 14th annual fun day raised more than $63,000.

Women's Fund Summer Soiree

Barb Cenko and Maria Trahan chaired The Women's Fund annual summer gathering at Arteva's Idea Show House in Rochester Hills' Clear Creek Community. Nearly 100 members and their guests toured the more than 7,000 square feet of inspired architecture and cutting-edge design. Highlights included an indoor sports arena in the lower level, a floating cantilevered circular study and the ultimate living kitchen with integrated Sub-Zero refrigeration and Wolf cooking technologies. Socializing and touring paused briefly for WF president Lori Roscoe to share the fund's accomplishments over the past year. These include grants that help victims of domestic assault; emergency financial assistance; healthcare screening for uninsured women; family crisis assistance due to catastrophic illness; job seeking & retraining initiatives; assistance for seniors with needed home repairs; and scholarship funding for two high school seniors. Roscoe also provided an update on the WF Endowment Campaign whose goal is $1 million by the year 2020 and the Legacy Circle whose members donate $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000.

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