Week of 2.20.17

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Bates Street Society Dinner

The Community House Board of Directors welcomed 200 to the second annual dinner ($200, $250 tickets) honoring significant donors ($25,000 plus). It also saluted community Pillars of Vibrancy who were toasted at a preliminary champagne reception. The 2017 Pillars are: Culture - architect Victor Saroki and publisher of Downtown Publications David Hohendorf; Wellness - Richard Astrein and Beaumont Hospital President Rosanna Morris; Philanthropy - Lois Shaevsky and George Miller; Education - Margaret Matthes. They were eulogized by house CEO/President Bill Seklar and received tribute pins from past pillars before joining the dinner crowd.
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oakland confidential

March 2017

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz , both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She ...more»
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Guy Gordon

Two months into hosting "The Guy Gordon Show," on Detroit's News/Talk 760 WJR AM, Gordon, of Bloomfield Hills, said he is adjusting to the change of hosting a live, weekday radio show from his work as a television news anchor/reporter for the past three decades....more>
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Victor Pytko

Renowned painter and actor Victor Pytko has acted alongside A-list celebrities like Hillary Swank and Sigourney Weaver, and as an artist, today his paintings can be viewed at the Birmingham Museum. ...more>
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Lynn Crawford

Noted author and art critic Lynn Crawford began her career as a social worker in New York before discovering her flair for writing. "While I was in New York I met some writers and artists. I fell in with the art crowd and they saw my potential," Crawford said. ...more>
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Steve Claramunt

Groves High School assistant basketball coach Steve Claramunt has played, coached and officiated the game at the college and high school level for more than two decades since graduating from the school where he now works with students. But it's through his founding of the Motor City Athletic Club that he places a special focus on youth development and academics....more>
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Mandy Moran

Altruist Mandy Moran grew up in the upscale city of Birmingham, but in 2010, she joined the Peace Corps and lived among villagers in the most rural, underdeveloped parts of Mongolia. ...more>
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Thomas Fiscella

Playing the role of mafia crime boss Gyp DeCarlo in "Jersey Boys," the behind-the-scene musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, actor Thomas Fiscella has been touring with the show since the fall of 2011....more>
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Titus Smith III

The founder of Generation 2 Book Club at Harlan Elementary School in Birmingham, Titus Smith III is a tenacious 11-year-old who was recently chosen to contribute for the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. ...more>
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Roop Raj

Whether he's on the air to talk about local weather conditions or relaying vital information in the midst of a natural disaster, FOX 2 Detroit news reporter Roop Raj said the key to connecting with viewers is by being himself....more>
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Jason Ruff

Master glassblower Jason Ruff was studying ceramics in 1991 at the College for Creative Studies, in Detroit, when he stumbled on a group of students blowing glass across the hall from one of his classes....more>
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