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  • Sally Gerak

Week of 9.3.18

DIA Founders Junior Council FASH BASH

Mother Nature again dictated that the Founders Junior Council’s signature event be held inside the museum. It was led by co-chairs David and Christine Colman, Andrea and Chris Provenzano, Farhat and Mohammad Qazi, Nedda Shayota and Nathaniel Wallace and attracted 520 ($250, $375, $750, $1,250) for cocktails and the Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion show, plus another 150 ($150 ticket) for the Lincoln Motor Company After Glow in Prentis Court, Kresge Court and Romanesque Hall. As per usual, the guests’ fashion statements, Forte Belanger’s small plate cuisine (homemade Hamburger Helper, Cheeto crusted Shrimp, Soba noodles) and DJ Jared Sykes’ music were first rate, but the runway show was really the story of FASH BASH 2018. NM maestro Ken Downing employed an unheard of number of models – 55 – to show off the haute couture selections inspired by the 1980s. Think disco, punk, power dressing, new wave, urban cowboy, uptown opulence and downtown girls. (See photo gallery). He didn’t miss a trick and got enthusiastic applause when he took a victory lap at the end of the show. After the show, DIA loyalists like Lauren Fisher and Amy Zimmer raved about the spectacular theatricality of the presentation. (Fisher: “So glad Neiman Marcus stepped up for the DIA.” Zimmer: “Ken Downing worked his magic again.”) This event has come a long way since it was modestly introduced in the 1970s with volunteer celebrity models showing apparel from many stores around the pool at the old Pontchartrain Hotel. Proceeds will also go a long way towards the Founders Junior Council’s $1-million pledge to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Beaumont Children’s Miracle Classic Sam Yamin, Ken Noonan and Dr. Brian Berman chaired the 29th annual golf benefit for Beaumont Children’s, A Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. It attracted 240 golfers to the Detroit Golf Club. (First Place on the North Course was won by the Titan Advisors team of John Trydal, Rob Kowalski, Frank Stone and Brian Shiny. First Place on the South Course was won by the John E Green Company team of Ben Green, Rod Mathis, Mark Syms and Paul Kosnik.) Camaraderie, cocktails, an auction ($5,700), dinner and the awards presentation followed play. The swinging event raised $350,000 for life-saving services, vital pediatric equipment and scholarships for families unable to afford needed care. Check in the coming weeks for reports & photos from these events: Forgotten Harvest Cruisin’ to Drive Out Hunger ORT Rub-A-Dub Christ Child Society Pink Party Jacobsons’ MOCAD Interchange Art + Dinner Angels Place Family Fun Day Boys Hope Girls Hope Liberty Mutual Invitational


The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Fifth Annual Interchange Art + Dinner Series fundraiser offers eight dinners in spectacular locations from Detroit to Long Island featuring landmark architecture, lakefront vistas and outstanding art collections. The remaining events are hosted by Roz and Scott Jacobson at 7 pm, Friday, August 24 in their Bloomfield Hills home; Ann Stevenson and Curt Catallo at 7 pm, Saturday Sept. 8 at their lakefront Grosse Pointe home. For tickets call 313.832.6622 or go to

The 18th Annual Ted Lindsay Foundation Golf Outing Monday, September 10 at The Detroit Golf Club offers golf, dinner and open bar, silent and live auctions and the awards program or the post golf-only activities. A highlight of the dinner program will be the presentation of two Courage Awards which recognize a person and a family who demonstrate great character and perseverance while living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. For information go to

Laurie and Tom Cunnington are chairing Girls On Track 6 – 9 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the M1 Concourse to benefit the Women of Tomorrow mentoring program for more than 1,200 girls at-risk girls. Plans include valet parking, food, specialty drinks, thrill ride on the track with professional driver, racing simulator, DJ music by iHeart media and exotic cars on display. For sponsorships and tickets ($200-individual; $2,500 & up - tables) contact Jill Harris at or 248- 430-4095 or go to

Preservation Bloomfield’s 2018 Preservationists of the Year Celebration 6 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 12 at The Iroquois Club will honor Mia Materka, Sue Nine, Carol Shaya and Jake Bolyard. Plans include entertainment, dinner and cash bar For tickets ($100-patron; $125-benefactor) call Claudine Baxher at 248-230-9596 or email her at

Rose and Brian Bolyard are chairing the 31st annual Birmingham House Tour fundraiser for the Community House 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 13. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased by phone at 248-644-5832 or online The event is presented by Hall & Hunter Realtors, with support from : Ethan Allen, Gorman’s Furniture and Boylard Lumber. Plans include self-guided touring of seven unique homes ranging in style from traditional to contemporary. Day of tour tickets will also be available for $45.

Linda Juracek-Lipa and Sue Nine are chairing Hospice of Michigan’s SPEED – A Chandeliers Event 5:30 – 9:00 pm, Thursday, Sept.13 at M1 Concourse in Pontiac. Plans include valet parking, open bar, a strolling dinner, one-of-a-kind thrill rides with professional drivers along the concourse and the program. It will feature the presentation of the 32nd annual Crystal Rose Award to Rabbi E.B. (Bunny) Freedman from the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network for his passionate commitment to HOM and its mission. For tickets ($120; thrill rides-$100 donation) go to Proceeds will benefit HOM’s Open Access program that ensures palliative care regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay.

The Community House Foundation and the Birmingham Teen Council are presenting the inaugural Movie Marathon Friday, Sept. 14 12:30 pm – to Saturday, Sept. 15, 6:00 am at Emagine Palladium in Birmingham. Plans include 18-hours of movie watching fun, unlimited soda and popcorn, dinner, breakfast, a midnight snack. Proceeds will benefit Community House children’s programs. Registrants will create their own personal fundraising page to raise a minimum of $100 to participate. Contact The Community House for details on how to register at 248-644-5832 or visit

Kirsten Adgate and Audry Moiseeff are chairing the Camp Casey annual Gold Rush Gala 7 – 11 pm, Friday, Sept. 14 at The Reserve. Plans include valet parking, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, silent auction, dessert auction and entertainment. For tickets ($100, $250 and up) go to Proceeds support Camp Casey equine programs for kids with cancer and their families.

The Rochester Area Neighborhood House will celebrate 50 years of helping people in crisis on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Canterbury Village in Lake Orion. Plans include a car show open free to the public from 9 am – 2:30 pm and a Birthday Party with dinner, open bar, music and silent auction from 3 – 7 pm. For tickets to the latter ($115) go to or call 248-651-5836, ext. 17.

The Community House third annual SIP Food & Wine Classic, a unique event celebrating cuisine and wine, is 8:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 21 at the Community House. Plans include valet parking, exceptional wine and small plate food stations with area Chefs and Sommeliers, and wine-centric silent and live auctions. For tickets ($298-patron 6 pm arrival, $195-general; $95-Young Adult 21 to 30) call 248-644-5832 or go to The event serves as a signature fundraiser for The Community House Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization under the umbrella of The Community House.​

The New Day Foundation for Families Hope Shines Gala is 6 pm, Friday, Sept. 21 at Detroit’s Atheneum Hotel. Plans include valet parking, dinner, silent and live auctions, music and dancing. Gold attire to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is encouraged. For sponsorships and tickets ($200 and up) go to or call 248-648-1105. Proceeds benefit families with cancer-related financial toxicity.

OESA’s Julie Fream and Toyota’s Bob Young are honorary chairs of the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball, 6:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Plans include networking, strolling supper and desserts, VIP Reception (6:30-7:30PM), live music - Ashley Lynn & The Spurs, silent auction, raffle, Mechanical Bull Riding, live auction, and the afterglow with Devin Scillian and Arizona Son.. The program emceed by WDIV’s Kimberly Gill includes a live auction and presentation of the Cowger Leadership Award and the Chuck Wagon Restaurant Awards. For sponsorship and tickets ($200, $500-patron, includes valet parking and VIP reception) call 248-663-3401 or visit

James Hoffa is chairing the Yatooma Foundation Champions for the Kids Golf Tournament Monday, Sept. 24 at Wyndgate Country Club. Barbara & James Rossmann are chairing the anniversary celebration which will follow on Saturday, September 29th at the M1Concourse. The two-part event commemorates 25 years since the passing of Manuel S. Yatooma and 15 years since the foundation began serving Michigan’s kids in his honor and memory. For sponsorships and tickets to both events go to

Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber’s 15th annual Vine & Dine is 6-9 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac. Plans include valet parking, domestic and imported wines, a strolling buffet featuring the finest restaurants, a chance auction benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank and live entertainment by Axis Music Academy. MiCommunity Bancorp in formation by Rob Farr is the presenting sponsor. For tickets ($85; $95 at the door, with special pricing available for bulk tickets of 12 or more) go to Connie Beckett and Kelly Shuert are chairing the Variety Feeds Kids Luncheon 11:30 am, Thursday, Sept. 27 at Pine Lake Country Club. It will feature inspirational author/speaker Steve Pemberton, Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice President—Walgreens. The Honorary Chairs are Karen and Alan Barry. For sponsorships and tickets ($125, $225-includes feeding one child for a year) call 248-258-5511, email or go to https://varietyfeedskids.event.

Jennifer Wheeler is chairing Baldwin Library’s Novel Wine Tasting 6-9 pm, Friday, October 19 at the library. This is the 2018 version of the former Books and Bites. Plans include a silent auction, live jazz music, a photo booth, a wine tasting game, a strolling dinner and desserts from Cannelle Patisserie, Commonwealth, Holiday Market, Noble Fish, Svenska Café, Papa Joes, and Ike’s Restaurant, provided by Uptown Market. The beer tasting is sponsored by Griffin Claw Brewing Company and the wine tasting is sponsored by Uptown Market. For tickets ($75, $65 for ages 65 and older) go to Proceeds from the event will help fund the expansion and renovation of the Youth Room. Silent auction donations are welcome and sponsorship opportunities are available. Event sponsors at the $1,000 level or higher will be commemorated on an Honor Roll Donor plaque in the new Youth Room and will receive four event tickets.

Send ideas for this column to Sally Gerak, 28 Barbour Lane, Bloomfield Hills, 48304 or email

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