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Future Columns & Events

Updated: 2 days ago

Events to be reported

  • OUR TOWN Benefactor Party

  • Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing

  • Variety Kovan Golf Classic

  • New Day Foundation No-Show Glow

Events on the Calendar

Coronavirus-related updates will be posted as received

  • The Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan announces the re-opening of its popular ReSale Connection store (204 S. Main, downtown Rochester). Initially, the store will be open two days per week - Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m. Appointments are NOT necessary. Enter through the back door. Face masks are required. Credit card payment only. Phone: 248-656-0414. Website: AssistanceLeague.org/southeastern-michigan.

  • The 35th Annual OUR TOWN Art Show & Sale is going VIRTUAL from Thursday, Sept. 10 - Sunday, Sept. 30. Jurors Barbara Heller and Laurie Tennent have selected more than 300 works of art including paintings, pastels, sculptures, photography, fiber works, jewelry and mixed media, all created by talented Michigan artists. The show will be posted Sept. 10 at https://www.communityhouse.com/event/our-town-art-show-sale/. To purchase a piece of art, simply click on the inquiry button next to the image or email info@communityhouse.com. Generous sponsors are the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation and the Bank of Ann Arbor – Birmingham. The artists donate 35 percent of the sale price to The Community House Foundation.

  • The Beyond Basics Annual Event - Coming Together for Children - has been rescheduled, again, to 5 pm, Friday, Sept. 25. It will be an outdoor Garden Party hosted by Jack Krasula at his home (4530 Charing Cross Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304). Plans include valet parking and self-guided tours of the remarkable park-like gardens as well as cocktails, dinner and the program honoring Carolyn Lynn as Volunteer of the Year and, in great gratitude for outstanding generosity, General Motors as Literacy Chair Recipient. Partner of the Year is the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Whatever It Takes Award will be presented to the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation. For tickets ($150-patron, $500-benefactor) contact Angela Rampin at 248-459-9670 or rampin@beyondbasics.org.

  • The Bonnell Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals living with cystic fibrosis, is virtually hosting its annual Night of Hope fundraiser on Sat., Sept. 26 from 7-8:30 p.m. The event will feature local musicians Jill Jack and Bob Mervak and include performers and speakers with CF from across the world, including South Dakota-based artist Ashley Ballou-Bonnema and Carre “Queen Kwong” Caloway from the UK. There will also be a silent and live auction. Tickets can be purchased at https://thebonnellfoundation.org/event/night-of-hope-celebration/

  • Yatooma for the Kids Foundation’s annual Champions For The Kids Golf Tournament is Monday, Sept. 28 at Wyndgate Country Club. In addition to golf, plans include cocktails & putting contests at 3:30 pm and dinner and awards at 4:30 pm. For information go to https://e.givesmart.com/events/gkO/ or to https://forthekidsfoundation.org/.

  • Adele Acheson, Kelle Ilitch, Kim Reus and Linzie Venegas are chairing the Cranbrook Institute of Science Women Rock Science VIRTUAL gala, 7 - 8 pm, Thursday, Oct. 1. The interactive experience will honor STEAM champions: Outstanding Leader Award: Consumer Energy’s Patti Poppe; Outstanding Educator Award: Hamtramck Public Schools teacher Rahiel HouseyJohnson; Rock Star Award: Southwest Research Institute’s Cathy Olkin (CK ’84). Proceeds support CIS’s Service to Others initiative which currently benefits nearly 34,000 Michigan PreK-12 students each year. For more information, contact: Katja Thomakos, CFRE Director of Development at 248-645-3220, kthomakos@cranbrook.edu or go to https://science.cranbrook.edu/women-rock-science.

  • The Community Housing Network and the Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan are hosting a family-friendly Drive-In Movie Fundraiser featuring: Jumanji- Welcome to the Jungle (Rated PG-13), Thursday, October 8 at Freedom Hill County Park (14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights, MI 48312). For tickets ($60 per vehicle) go to https://communityhousingnetwork.org/support/drive-in-movie-night-fundraiser/. Screening is limited to 150 vehicles. Gates open at 6:00PM; Movie begins at 7:30PM. BYOB (non-alcoholic). Concessions will be available for food, popcorn and non-alcoholic drinks. ALL tickets will be sold in advance ONLY.

  • Christ Child Society’s First Annual Men's and Ladies Golf Outing is 11 am, Monday, October 12 at Indianwood Country Club - New Course. Plans include a shot gun start and best ball play, 18 holes, lunch and a raffle with golf prizes - rounds at Crystal Downs, Oakland Hills, Orchard Lake and Indianwood plus a Pontoon Tiki Boat Experience on Pine Lake. For sponsorships and reservations ($200, $150 under 31) contact JD Hess at 248-227-8289 or jhess@christchildhouse.org.

  • Belle Isle Conservancy President / CEO Michele Hodge and M1 Rail’s Sommer Woods are co-hosting the 16th Annual Polish the Jewel Belle Isle Legacy Luncheon 12 - 1:30 pm, Thursday, October 15. The virtual event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Beth Peter, advocate for Park Rx. Attendees will receive a picnic basket of goodies to accompany the at-home experience and to use for future visits to Belle Isle. Plans include a thoughtful discussion of Belle Isle’s role in the community, of the important and various meanings that the park holds to its visitors, and the importance of an equitable park user experience. Additionally, the program will include a host of special guests including 2019 event chairs Gina Coleman and Evette Griffie, and Amy Peterson (Rebel Nell), Gena Conti (Gena Conti Millinery), and more, sharing their connections to the island and advocating for support of the Conservancy’s mission. For tickets ($150-$2,500) go to belleisleconservancy.org/ptj or contact ptj@belleisleconservancy.org. For sponsorship and ticket inquiries, please contact ptj@belleisleconservancy.org.

  • The JVS Strictly Business annual luncheon event will be virtual from 12 - 12:30 pm, October 15. It will honor Tyler Feil and and Gwynevere Cole. or sponsorships and details call Sandy Shuster at 248-233-4290 or go to jvshumanservices.org/strictlybiz.

  • The Tenth Annual Wine & Dine in the D that was scheduled for Thursday, October 29 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, has been postponed to 2021. Instead, a virtual panel discussion led by some of the most prominent medical experts in multiple myeloma from around the country will begin at 5:30. It is designed to educate and inform patients and caregivers about the many new treatment options available to patients today. To get a link to the panel discussion go to www.curemultiplemyeloma.org.

  • Guest House - a residential treatment center for Catholic clergy, women & men religious, and seminarians suffering from alcoholism, addictions and other behavioral health conditions - will host the 62nd Annual Detroit Bishop's Dinner Thursday, October 15. This virtual event will be live-streamed on Facebook and the Guest House website beginning with Mass at 5:30 which will be celebrated by keynote speaker, Detroit's own Joseph Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, NJ. His Eminence, Cardinal Tobin's keynote remarks will be offered at 8:00 pm. For raffle tickets, call Mary Lou Cochran at 248.393.8974. For donations and sponsors go to go to https://guesthouse.org/.

  • Dave & Jane Buckley and Kirk & Patti Brannock are chairing the Angels’ Place Annual Dinner, Thursday, Nov.12. It will be virtual and feature General Robert Brooks Brown as the featured speaker. We’ll present more details as they are available.

  • Karen and JACK Entertainment’s Matt Cullen and Mary and TCF Bank’s) Tom Shafer are chairing the new American Cancer Society virtual gala, the Night of Discovery, Thursday, Nov. 12. The pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m. and the event program begins airing live at 7 p.m. Plans include live entertainment, a silent auction and opportunities to fund the mission of the American Cancer Society. Major event sponsors include TCF Bank, Magna, Lingenfelter Collection, and Campbell Marketing. For more information about Night of Discovery and sponsorships, visit https://www.nightofdiscoverydetroit.org/.

  • Rescheduled to a Live Virtual Event on Thursday, November 19... Suzy Farbman will be in the spotlight at the JVS Human Services' Trade Secrets, at Home. For new event details and tickets ($150) go to https://www.jvshumanservices.org/events/trade-secrets/ Proceeds support the Women to Work program which helps women re-enter the workforce after a significant life-changing event.

  • Postponed until Sat., May 8, 2021...Variety, the Children's CharityHearts & Stars honoring Lois Shaevsky at Hearts & Stars at the Townsend Hotel. Visit www.variety-detroit.com to sponsor, volunteer or attend.

For Social Calendar inclusion, please send dates and details of fundraising events to SamGerak@aol.com or by snail mail to Sally Gerak, 28 Barbour Lane, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304.


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