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  • Sally Gerak

Week of 9.24.18

Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing

The Ted Lindsay Foundation’s Celebrity Golf Outing was rife with moments to applaud…The 170 golfers ($1,125 & up) all got a 16” x 32” print of the three Red Wings stadiums signed by players who have starred at each - Lindsay (Olympia), Joe Kocur (JLA) and Dylan Larkin (LCA). The drawings were by former, all state, high school goalie Samantha Carrier, now a student at CCS. “If goalies (in my day) had been as pretty as Samantha, I might have taken more shots,” quipped the 93-year-old “Terrible” Ted to the crowd gathered for dinner (275 @ $165) at the Detroit Golf Club. Texas researcher Laura Hewiston reported progress in Autism Spectrum Disorder studies funded by the TLF that might make a big media splash in a few months…Ken McClure presented the foundation a check for $100,000 from Kroger’s customers…Nick Vondette and Mitch Owens and his family received Courage Awards for overcoming the challenges autism presents… Emcees Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels announced that Dylan Larkin has committed to join Joe Kocur as co-chair of the TLF board…Frank Beckmann garnered $19,000 for four live auction items (including an overnight trip on the team plane for four to a Red Wings game in NYC)… Thanks also to the silent auction ($11,000) and sponsors (see photo gallery), the 18th annual event added about $160,000 (not counting the Kroger donation) to the $4-million-plus already raised.

DiChiera Society Thank You Party

The annual Thank You Party for members of the Michigan Opera Theatre DiChiera Society ($1,000 & up annual donation) set a new bar for fun nostalgia. It was hosted by Ron Lipson and Cathy Loria in their lakeside home. It abounds with Detroit and Hollywood vintage artifacts, curated by historian/author Michael Hauser, now MOT Marketing/PR administrator. (Think a Cunningham Drugs 1940s soda fountain and E.T. on his bicycle.) Event co-chairs Barbara Frankel and Dodie David greeted the 88 guests with big smiles, knowing full well that good humor would rule the day. Cocktails and conversation on the lakeside terrace or in the lower level “play room” preceded the program. It had highlights, most notably soaring vocal performances by the five, current MOT Studio artists Harry Greenleaf, Cheyanne Cos, Michael Day, Katherine DeYoung and Allen Michael Jones and their introduction by resident program director Richard Leech. A Forte Belanger buffet dinner concluded the perfectly delightful Sunday afternoon.

Care Night Patron Preview Party

In advance of the upcoming CARE House fundraiser, host par excellence Lisa Payne generously wined and dined sponsors, board members and major donors at a cocktail hour gathering. The sipping, snacking and conversational updating about family members and summer travels paused only briefly for the host and CH Executive Director Blythe Spitsbergen to thank the assembled for their loyal support and to praise Care Night honorees Pat and Jerry Wagner. The philanthropic couple will receive the Patricia R. Rosen Award at Care Night on Oct. 13 at the Townsend Hotel.

Friends of Preservation Bloomfield

More than 50 supporters of Preservation Bloomfield ($100, $250 tickets) convened at the Iroquois Club to salute four generous people. One of them, Jake Bolyard, gave new meaning to the good neighbor concept. Soon after moving from Birmingham to Bloomfield Township, he learned that PB’s Craig Log Cabin needed its fireplace and chimney restored. (No big deal if you own a lumber yard, right?) Friends of PB President Mia Materka thanked Bolyard for his $50,000 gift of labor and materials, including reclaimed, locally-sourced, historic field stones. PB board President Michael Dul then saluted Materka, Carol Shaya and Sue Nine as Preservationists of the Year for their dedication, hard work and creative fundraising ever since PB was established 10 years ago. The totally volunteer collaboration of the historical society, the school district, the township and the city is building future awareness of the past by preserving two historic structures for community use. Speaking for the trio, Sue Nine confided that treasured friendships have resulted from working together for a decade. The event was the third annual to seed the PB Endowment Fund.

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

Capitol Steps at JET Gala

Loyola High School Detroit 25th Anniversary

Women of Tomorrow Girls On Track

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

Hickory Sticks Evans Scholar Fundraiser

The Parade Company Distinguished Clown Grand Jester’s Reception

100+ Millennials Who Care Launch

Hall and Hunter Habitat for Humanity Estate Sale

The Community House SIP Food & Wine Classic

New Day Foundation for Families Hope Shines Gala

Karmanos Partners Night

American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball


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.

The Furniture Bank’s 9th Annual Comedy Night fundraiser is Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak. Plans include a full buffet dinner, 50/50 raffle live auction and main act - Jeff Nease, a Midwestern-bred comic with a global following. For sponsorships and tickets ($50) go to

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

Marla Feldman, Mike Jackson and Lisa & Alex MacDonald are chairing the CARE House Care Night, Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Townsend Hotel. It will honor Jerry and Pat Wagner. Plans include valet parking, cocktails, dinner, a live auction and entertainment by Bluewater Kings Band. For sponsorships and tickets ($250 & up) contact Chad at 248-332-7173 or

Beth Ann Richardson is chairing Lakeshore Legal Aid’s Annual Event 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant (461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202.). Plans include free self-parking, live music, hors d'Oeuvres, a hosted bar, networking and antique cars, to celebrate Lakeshore’s impactful legal work with seniors and low-income clients in 47 Michigan counties. For tickets ($75, $50-student) go to

Jennifer Wheeler is chairing Baldwin Library’s Novel Wine Tasting 6 – 9 pm, Friday, Oct. 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. The beer tasting is sponsored by Griffin Claw Brewing Company and the wine tasting is sponsored by Uptown Market. Proceeds will help fund the expansion and renovation of the Youth Room. Silent auction donations are welcome. For sponsorships and tickets ($75, $65 for ages 65 and older) go to

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.

The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester eighth annual Tailgate Party is 6 pm, Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Royal Park Hotel. It will celebrate the football season and the Foundation’s 35th anniversary as well as launch the new Community Enhancement Fund. Plans for the casual event include fan attire, tailgate-style food, cash bar, self-parking and performances by local high schools. For sponsorships and tickets $65) go to To become a Community Enhancement Fund 35th Anniversary Donor contact the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester at 248-608-2804.

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

The Opening Night of the OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale is Thursday, Nov. 1 at The Community House.

The Habitat for Humanity Oakland Fall Extravaganza is Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Troy Marriott. For sponsorships and tickets ($185, $265) call 248-338-1843 or go to

The House of Providence Wishes Gala is 6 pm, Friday, Nov. 2 at the Royal Park Hotel. Plans include strolling hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a program emceed by Chuck Gaidica, Go to for tickets $125). Proceeds benefit girls in foster care.

Julie Pietrosante and Annette Royce are chairing Christ Child Society Night of Angels Saturday, Nov. 3 at Bloomfield Hills Country Club. Plans include a revival of the old-fashioned Feather Party with cocktails at 6 pm, dinner, BINGO and dancing at 7:30 pm, plus raffles, live and silent auctions. For ticket ($175) go to

Judson Center Rewind Gala Saturday, Nov. 3 at the MGM Grand. For tickets and sponsorships go to Events at

The Julian Boivin Courage for Cures Foundation 8th annual Brave Knight Benefit for pediatric brain tumor research is Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Townsend Hotel. Plans include a seated dinner, silent and live auctions, raffle prizes and dancing. Proceeds of the 2018 Brave Knight will fund research grants at U-M's Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center and The DIPG Collaborative. To donate an auction item, become a sponsor, or inquire further, call (248) 790-2350.

Emilie Mardigian Fitch and Nanette Drouillard are chairing Grace Center of Hope’s Night of Hope 7 pm, Friday, Nov.30 at the Townsend Hotel. Plans include valet parking, strolling dinner stations, live music and dancing, silent and live auctions, photo booth and stories about the children whose lives have been impacted by the children's programs at Grace Centers of Hope. For tickets ($95-dinner, cash bar; $135 – VIP dinner & cocktails) and sponsorships call Kim Wehner at 248-334-2187 ext 1140 or Olivia Jones at, (248) 334-2187 ext. 1142 or go to

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