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  • By Bill Seklar

September 2019

Throughout our 95-year history, The Community House has clearly demonstrated an unwavering commitment to Birmingham and to the region. Not only does the historic Community House meet its mission each year to “impact lives through exceptional educational, social and outreach experiences,” TCH also offers a “home” to eleven other non-profit or supported groups, providing bricks and mortar, discounted food and services, a platform from which they too can conduct their important business and deliver on their missions.

Our enduring legacy has been, and remains still today, to utilize the gifts entrusted to us by others to seek self-sufficiency. It remains a work in progress. The demands for our programs, services, and yes, too, our charity exceeds our precious resources. Yet, we persevere.

While not blessed by municipal support, tax dollars or any form of long-term, sustained, outside funding, The Community House has learned to be incredible stewards. A successful fall event season can make all the difference. Please join us at one or more of our signature fundraising events or initiatives of the year.

TCH Estate Sale – Rare Opportunity

One of a kind finds – once in a lifetime sale. Starting Thursday, September 5, through Saturday, September 7, The Community House will host an estate sale in the ballroom of The Community House. Through an act of tremendous generosity, The Community House has come into possession of a Birmingham estate full of fine art, designer furniture and high-end furnishings curated by a renowned area interior designer. Basically, everything but the kitchen sink. Sale will be facilitated by Antiques on Main at Sale takes place 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit The Community House.

2019 Birmingham House Tour

The Community House Foundation will host its 32nd Annual Birmingham House Tour, presented by Hall & Hunter Realtors on Thursday, September 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year’s tour offers six spectacular private residential homes, in a variety of design styles and architecture. Co-chairs “extraordinaire” for this year’s event are Rose and Brian Bolyard. Sponsors to date include Presenting Sponsors Hall & Hunter Realtors, Equity Title Agency, Michael Willoughby & Associates, John Kelly Builders, MAISON Birmingham, Gorman’s Furniture, Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union, Michael J. Dul & Associates, Ethan Allen, Bolyard Lumber and Detroit Home. For ticket information, contact 248-644-5832 or purchase tickets online at

2019 Oktoberfest – Beer, Burgers and Brats

New – The First Annual Oktoberfest 2019 will be held at the historic Community House on Friday, September 20. Oktoberfest 2019 Beer, Burgers and Brats will bring together Bell’s Octoberfest craft beer, Zim’s Vodka seasonal craft cocktails and German-inspired cuisine from area restaurants, live German music by John Orischak to celebrate Oktoberfest 2019 under tents at The Community House all for the benefit of the 210,000 children and adults served by The Community House. Tickets $39/person prior to the event: $45/person at the door. Sponsored by the Birmingham Shopping District, Roberts Family and Strategic Planning Concepts. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are still available.

Coming soon

2019 Health & Wellness Series – Informed Minds. Healthy Bodies.

New: A new Health and Wellness Series at The Community House

A free four-part series of health & wellness talks brought to you by The Community House and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital. Topics will include: Heart & Stroke Health with Bill Proctor, Spine Health, Advancements in Prostate Screenings and Opioid Stewardship.

St. Joe’s team of expert medical professionals will share information and insights into some of today’s most pressing health & wellness challenges and concerns. By personalizing service, connecting with the community's needs and offering a health care experience that seeks to heal the patient's mind, body and spirit, SJMO retain its position as a leading health care organization and a vital community resource.

Fall Activities to Watch

Join us this fall for Yoga with Sandra Krafsur, a professional, certified yoga instructor who has been teaching Hatha Yoga for over 40 years. Yoga is an ancient system of healing, toning and rejuvenating the body. In a non-competitive environment, enjoy the benefits of increased flexibility and strength while lowering stress and anxiety. With 13 classes offered six days a week, there are classes perfect for every ability.

For more information about these events, classes or other experiences at The Community House, please call 248.644.5832 or visit us online at

William D. Seklar is President & CEO of The Community House and The Community House Foundation in Birmingham.

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