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  • Sally Gerak

Week of 9.17.18

MOCAD Interchange Art + Dinner

From their arrival at the foot of Roz and Scott Jacobson’s Bloomfield Hills driveway and trip in a golf cart up the hill to the Rock ’n’ Roll theme party site, 100-plus MOCAD supporters ($500) relished generous, good natured hospitality. The English Cotswold residence was recently reinvented by architect Mark Johnson, who was in the crowd. In addition to the important art in the Jacobsons’ collection (by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Liz Cohen, Tony Cox, Anders Ruhwald, Anne Lindberg, Willem de Kooning, Miro and Hitoml Uchikura’s gold leaf panels in the dining room)) the new pool house ceiling sports a large, metal chandelier circle with a tongue-in-cheek French legend in neon lights designed by the architect and Roz, a designer in her own right. (It says “I love you all except for you over there.”) Extraordinary victuals by Bacco’s Luciano DelSignore included passed hors d’oeuvres like large, lollipop lamb chops around the pool and, inside, buffet fare like lobster tails and crab claws deftly released from their shells by attentive service. But the raucous fun began when the Beatles legend band started rocking on the stage set up under the moonlight in the auto courtyard out front. For non-dancers the thoughtful hosts even provided lounge seating. Although the band stopped at midnight some guests savored the unparalleled hospitality until 2:30 am. The wide ranging Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit programs benefited from the fun.

Boys Hope Girls Hope Liberty Mutual Invitational

Frank Torre and Kerrie Binno again chaired the annual benefit for the scholars of Boys Hope Girls Hope. They moved it to Franklin Hills Country Club this year (thanks to the sponsorship of members Kristin and Christopher Brochert) and 144 golfers ($1,000) vied for the opportunity to play in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational at Pinehurst next April. (That honor went to 1st place winners John Draper, Charles Bolden, Willie Mayes and Maurice Adams.) The golfers were joined for cocktails, music by Royce & Jenn, dinner and the program emceed by Paul W. Smith by another 100 ($300) BHGH supporters. Among the dozen helpful and friendly scholars working as event volunteers were Jai’Chaun Banford, who won the Frank Torre Scholarship, and alum Omar Troncoso, both of whom earned applause for their expressions of gratitude. Dan Jenuwine also conducted a live auction that raised $34,050. Combined with the silent auction ($15,144), dedicated giving ($7,000), the raffle and mulligans ($7,312) and the generous sponsors (see photo gallery), this brought to more than $4-million the amount Torre and Binno have raised for the program. It is unique because it provides homes and education through college graduation for academically capable children-in-need.

Angels’ Place Friends & Family Fun Day

After the early morning rain cleared, some 500 Angels’ Place supporters of all ages gathered on the Marian High School playing field to play on inflatables and the rock wall, to cuddle animals in the petting zoo, ride a pony and win prizes playing arcade games. The Marian choral group ushered in the activities by leading all in singing the National Anthem. In addition to many of the AP residents, guests included Queen Elsa from “Frozen” and the Detroit Lions’ Roary. Kids of all ages savored carnival chow (Coney dogs, chips and spinach pies from National Coney Island, chips and hummus from 2941 Mediterranean Street Food, Michigan’s own Pop Daddy Popcorn, cookies from Forte’ Belanger, ice cream, sno-cones, cotton candy and fresh fruit). Other very popular diversions were the video game truck and square dancing with a caller from Milford’s Lazy J Ranch. Thanks also to presenting sponsors Medwest Associates and Joliat Ventures, the day’s festivities raised over $46,000 for the critical services Angels’ Place provides adults with developmental disabilities.

Check in the coming weeks for reports & photos from these events:

Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing

Women of Tomorrow Girls On Track

Preservation Bloomfield’s 2018 Preservationists of the Year Celebration

Birmingham House Tour

Hospice of Michigan’s SPEED – A Chandeliers Event

The Community House Movie Marathon

Camp Casey Gold Rush Gala

Rochester Area Neighborhood House 50th Anniversary


Although the CARE House CARE Night which will honor Jerry and Pat Wagner is not until Saturday, Oct. 13, Lisa Payne is hosting the Benefactor Party on Monday, Sept. 17. For sponsorships and tickets ($250 & up) call 248-333-4936.

The inaugural meeting of 100+ Millennials Who Care is 7 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Royal Oak Emagine Theatre. The new non-profit aims to harness the power of collective giving. Membership requires a quarterly donation of $100 and an hour of time to attend the meeting to vote on a recipient charity. For more information contact Michelle Denno at 248-930-5486 or go to

Benefactors of the Belle Isle Conservancy Polish the Jewel Legacy Luncheon (which is not until Thursday, Oct. 11) will be saluted at the Benefactor Party hosted by Sarah Earley 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, Sept. 20 at C.A.N. Art Handworks (2263 Wilkins, Detroit, 48207) in Eastern Market. For tickets to both the Benefactor Party ($300 & up) and the main event go to at

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 Greektown’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.

Matt Melchoir and Hilary Notaro are chairing the 25th Annual Partners Event, 7 pm, Friday, Sept. 21 at Detroit’s Michigan Building Theatre (220 Bagley). Plans include valet parking for the carnival themed gala with a strolling cocktail reception and dinner; silent auction; raffle; live entertainment and interactive experiences. Jack D. Sobel, M.D., dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, will also be recognized for his outstanding career as a medical leader, clinician and educator, and for his many contributions to the field of medicine. For tickets ($175, $95-age 21-30) go to or call 313-756-8106.

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

The Home Builders Association’s Professional Women in Building Council and Habitat for Humanity Oakland will present the second annual Design Challenge - Innovative Design on a ReStore Budget, 6 – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Farmington Hills. Plans include designer-created vignettes using ReStore items, heavy hors d'oeuvres and libations, voting for favorite vignettes and hobnobbing with the designers and judges. Proceeds from the event support the PWB Scholarship Fund and Habitat Oakland County. Go to for tickets ($25) through Sept. 23. Tickets will also be available at the door for $35. 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.

Preservation Bloomfield’s Celebrity Luncheon is 11:30 am, Friday, Sept. 28 at Pine Lake Country Club. It will feature a presentation by actor/author Michael Cole of “Mod Squad” fame. Guests are encouraged to dress a la the ‘60s. For tickets ($100-patron, $125-benefactor) call Linda Kmit at 248-644-52727 or email her to

Sid Moss’ 8th annual Wine & Dine in the D is Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Westin Book Cadillac. Plans include a 5:30 pm round table discussion by some of the most prominent Multiple Myeloma medical experts, designed to educate patients and caregivers about the many new treatment options, followed at 6 pm by a silent auction, gourmet dining on the stroll, fine wine and jazz music. Proceeds support Multiple Myeloma cures and research. For sponsorships and tickets ($175; $275-Patron, includes champagne afterglow) go to

Artist Julie Dawson and musician James Tocco will be honored by the Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Council at 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Friday, Oct. 5 at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. The public is invited to the free event.

Michelle & Walter Quillico, Laura Segal and Carol Ziecik are chairing the Pink Fund’s Dancing with the Survivors 6:30 -11:30 pm, Friday, Oct. 5 at the Shriners Silver Garden Center in Southfield. Plans include cocktails, dinner and dancing to benefit breast cancer patients in treatment. Featured dancers are Barbara Biess, Sara Erzen, Cynthia Lutz, Stephanie McKire and LeaAnn Pugh. For tickets ($150) go to

Sarah Early is chairing the 14th annual Belle Isle Conservancy Polish the Jewel Legacy Luncheon 11 am-1:30 pm, Thursday, October 11 at the Detroit Yacht Club. In addition to lunch, plans include networking and mobile bidding in a silent auction. Proceeds will support the BIC Beachfront Revitalization Project. For tickets ($150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 8) go to at or call 313- 331-7760. Benefactor level tickets (at $2,500 for a Benefactor table, $1,000, $500 or $300 giving levels for individual tickets) as well as corporate sponsorships are also available. Benefactor level tickets include a luncheon celebration on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Linda Dresner, Elle Elder, Elyse Foltyn, Andrea Morganroth, Gregory Parkinson, Terese Reyes, Nedda Shayota and Jane Schulak are the host committee for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s annual Gala + Art Auction 7 pm, Friday, Oct. 12 at the museum. It will honor the memory of Julie Reyes Taubman. Plans include valet parking, “Lust for Life” attire, cocktails, a silent auction, seated dinner, remarks by Bobby Taubman, entertainment until midnight by Detroit DJ Norm Talley . For tickets ($1,000 & up) call 313-832-6622 or go to

Jerry and Patricia Wagner will be honored at the CARE House Care Night, Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Townsend Hotel. For sponsorships and tickets ($250 & up) call 248-333-4936.

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.

The Lear Corporation is presenting the 6th annual HAVEN Tailgate 12 pm, Sunday, Oct. 21,at Red Run Country Club (2036 Rochester Road, Royal Oak). Plans include a barbecue buffet, bloody Marys, craft beer, open bar, cigars, special liquor tastings, football squares, silent and live auctions and Detroit Lions legends teaming up to tackle domestic and sexual violence. WDIV’s Jamie Edwards will emcee the program. For sponsorships call Blanca at 248.322.3703. For tickets ($125 until 10/8, $150 after 10/8; $60 – under 35) go to

Save the date for the 20th annual Cookies and Dreams, a cookie contest benefiting Friends of Camp Mak-A-Dream, a cost-free camp for children and young adults touched by cancer. It is 5-7:30. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Somerset Collection North.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano will emcee the fifth annual Friends of Foster Kids Fundraiser, 6-9 pm, Thursday, Oct. 25 at Troy’s San Marino Club. Plans include food stations, cash bar, raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Go to for tickets ($100).

Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Dan Loepp is chairing the Alzhimer’s Association’s Chocolate Jubilee Gala - A Night in Havana - Saturday, Oct. 27 at the MGM Grand. Plans include a Pre-Glow at 6:30 pm for donors of $2,500 +, dinner at 7 pm, the chocolate samplings at 9 pm. For sponsorships and more information go to

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

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