Week of 6.26.17

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Suite Dreams Project Hats Off Luncheon

From the first sip of pink bubbly (in a split with a pink straw) to the Hat Crawl guests’ exit with huge, hot pink balloons, the 16th annual Hats Off Luncheon was a dreamy, Sweet/Suite Sixteen production. During the reception the sold-out crowd (400 @ $150, $200-patron) oohed and aahed each others’ hats and bought all of the 1,000 chance auction raffle tickets. The luncheon program emceed by Rhonda Walker had highlights. Ali MacManus, a songwriter/singer who was born prematurely with multiple birth defects and has survived 11 major surgeries, got a standing ovation when she sang her composition “Breaking Free.”
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oakland confidential

July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...more»
Help support Xpress magazine

Downtown Publications is now working on the possible launch of a new monthly newsmagazine for the LGBT community in southeast Michigan, called Xpress.

This will be the second monthly newsmagazine produced by Downtown Publications from our offices in Birmingham.

The editorial focus of Xpress will be to celebrate the accomplishments of the LGBT community through feature stories and personality profiles, combined with in-depth features exploring the issues facing the LGBT community.

The impetus for Xpress was a number of requests from members of the LGBT community to have Publisher David Hohendorf focus his publishing skills on a publication for the LGBT community.

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Hohendorf has been networking with members of the community over the last 18 months and conducted several focus group meetings with a variety of gay and lesbian citizens to gauge reaction to his concept for a magazine like Xpress.

Downtown Publications is currently raising funds on kickstarter.com to help defray the costs of launching Xpress magazine. If you visit our project online, you will be able to get more details about this publication and how you can support our effort for as little as a $1 donation.

We look forward to bringing Xpress to the market in June and appreciate any support you can give to our publishing effort on behalf of the LGBT community.

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