• Sally Gerak

Social Lights April #1, 2020

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

Events reported in this issue

St. Regis Masquerade Ball & Auction

St. Hugo Time to Shine Auction

Brother Rice Irish Nite

Boys Hope Girls Hope Masters Raffle

St. Regis Masquerade Ball & Auction

The St. Regis annual fundraiser attracted nearly 200 school boosters ($172, $125 tickets) to the Double Tree Hilton. This included the 50+ VIPs ($250) and sponsors who arrived early for the glam event coordinated by Bridget Sagmani and school Advancement Director Heather Venner. When guests settled at the handsome tables decorated by Paper Moon Event Specialists both women were praised profusely by the pastor and principal in their welcoming remarks before dinner was served. During dinner, speed artist Dave Santia began painting three canvases ( Bo Schembechler, Sparty, Spirit of Detroit) that sold for a total of $4,850 in the live auction. Conducted with flair by Dave and school receptionist Meghan Rivard, the live auction raised more than $52,000. Raffle drawings also garnered attention, with Judy Jonna being the lucky winner of a week’s stay for 10 people at a villa in Tuscany. (She was reportedly thrilled when her son Joey called to relay the news.) Cloud 9 DJ energized the After Party and sushi donated by Adachi was the sustenance. The evening grossed more than $145,000. This will increase as people, motivated by the current “distancing” that is de rigueur, continue buying guest slots for all the future social events donated to the silent auction, which won't close until fall.

1. Event coordinators Heather Venner and Bridget Sagmani

2. Mark & Colby Mitchell, Bryan Leith

3. Dave & Kelly Gvozdic, Marina & Mike Brock

4. Sandi Sesi

5. Emcees / auctioneers Meghan & Patrick Rivard, Heather & Bill Venner

6. Nick & Nancy Mikhail, Nahrain & Doraid Mansour

7. Mike & Beth Kinna

8. Bryan & Lauren Tolles, Lauren & Andy Combs

9. Andrew & Katy Murray

10. Event chair Bridget & Steve Sagmani, Darlene & Anthony Marougi

11. Nicole & John Battista

12. Jeremy & St. Regis Principal Katie Brydges

13. Heather Sofran, pastor Fr. Dave Buersmeyer, Jennifer Waechter

14. Jason & Kristine Vazzano

15. Heather & David Sofran

16. Christopher Gawel, Theresa Skwara

17. Volunteers Mara Brydges, Lola Sagmani, Hana Priester, Danielle Denha, Emma Teleps

18. Jodie Kennedy

19. Sponsors

20. Friends of Regis

21. “Handy cabinet”: by 1st grade class

22. “Precious Hands” by 2nd grade class

23. “Sweet, Silly, Sassy Smiles’ by 4th grade class

24. “Mosaic Memories” by 5th grade class

St Hugo Time to Shine Auction

St. Hugo of the Hills school boosters crowded the Double Tree Hilton 450 strong ($259, $175, $125 tickets) to sip, sup, socialize and bid at the annual fundraiser. Sandy Orow and Tracey Jacob chaired the evening where the energy level, as well as the decibels, were so high that auctioneer, St. Hugo dad Raymond Abro, seemingly worked a miracle to garner more than $35,000 for the seven items in the live auction. Before dinner, they also spent nearly $60,000 for the silent auction offerings. Combined with the plethora of generous sponsors (thanks to Stephanie Schwartz) Time to Shine raised about $300,000 for a long list of building improvements and educational equipment for the 80-year-old Catholic grade school. More than 150 partiers hung around for the After Glow and DJ Freddy’s dance music. Little did they know the soiree would be one of their last gatherings before the introduction of “social distancing.”

1. George & co-chair Sandy Orow, parish pastor Msgr. Tony Tocco, co-chair Tracey & Larry Jacob

2. PTG co-presidents Reena & Matt Herstein

3. Alvin & Kristin Semma, Fr. Dominic Macioce

4. Courtney & James Clark with 2nd grade art creation

5. Justin & Natalie Jagels

6. Teachers Meghan Carter, Marlia Budiongan, Sara Drlik, Andrea LoVasco

7. Maya & Bashar Okka

8. Teachers Denise Carlson, Sue Nagel, Mary Przygocki, Sharon Zelek

9. Benson & Sylvia Sandiha, Katrina & Dan Braet

10. Steve & Lisa Seneker, a St. Hugo alum and teacher

11. Anthony & Ann Galaba

12. Justin & Claudia Liegmann, Nancy & Dave Gumbel

13. Mark & Veronica Steffanina

14. Gold Sponsors

15. Silver Sponsors

16. Precious Pearl Sponsors

17. More Precious Pearl Sponsors

18. Ruby Red Sponsors

Brother Rice Irish Nite

The first coronavirus-impacted event on our calendar was the 43rd annual Brother Rice High School auction scheduled for March 14 at Birmingham Country Club. On Friday, March 13, it was changed to an online event which raised nearly $275,000. This prompted an email note from president Tom Reidy which thanked Honorary Chairs Coach Al & Phyllis Fracassa, Leadership Chairs Gerry & Patty Phillips, and everyone who responded to the moment with understanding and generosity.

Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit

The following week, BHGH - which nurtures and guides motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others - transitioned its Masters Raffle Cocktail Party from the Country Club of Detroit to a Zoom video event. Three of the $200 raffle tickets were pulled by Executive Director Dr. Patrice Johnson. The grand prize - a private jet trip for two to attend the 2020 Masters Tournament final rounds plus luxury hotel accommodations, tournament badges, and dinner at Palmetto Golf Club - was won by Mark Shapiro. (He will have to wait to learn what date will be rescheduled from April 11 - 12.) Jeffrey Harness won the second prize - a round of golf for four at Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort. Andrew Light won the third prize - two tickets to the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview. Since the 2020 NAIAS has been cancelled, his experience will have to be postponed until 2021. BHGH is one of the non-profits that benefits from the Charity Preview. All of them are now challenged to deal with the huge shortfall caused by the cancellation. The others are Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, The Children's Center, The Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation; Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund, Detroit Pal, Judson Center, and March of Dimes Metro Detroit.

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