Social Lights May 2019
In this edition
Beyond Basics 20th Anniversary Gala: story & photos
SHINE Variety and FAR camps benefit: story & photos
Erin Go Bra(gh) CARE House benefit: story & photos
Academy of the Sacred Heart Annual Benefit: story & photos
West Point Society of Michigan Founders Day Dinner: story & photos
Women's Division Project HOPE on Safari: story & photos
Detroit Zoological Society Conservation Gala: story & photos
Friends of Preservation Bloomfield "Hamilton" Benefit: story & photos
Ted Lindsay Foundation Wine Tasting: story & photos
In future editions
ORT Michigan WINGO: story & photos
Brother Rice Irish Nite: story & photos
Junior League of Birmingham Little Black Dress Brunch: story & photos
Roeper School Scholarship Auction: story & photos
Alternatives for Girls Role Model Dinner: story & photos
Screening at the DIA of Call Me Bill: The William Davidson Story: story & photos
Questers "Looking Back - Vintage Fashion Luncheon: story & photos
JVS Human Services Trade Secrets: story & photos
FAR Therapeutic Arts & Recreation Sing Out 4 Kids: story & photos
Village Club Foundation Grant Awards Luncheon: story & photos
Oakland County Bar Foundation Signature Event: story & photos
Grace Centers of Hope Women Helping Women Luncheon & Fashion Show: story & photos
U. M. Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center Spring Luncheon: story & photos
Impact100 Oakland County 2019 Grant Total Reveal: story & photos
Project! Whose Your Bartender
Michigan Women Forward WomanUp & Celebrate
Beyond Basics 20th Anniversary Gala
“What a journey,” Pam Good noted after she got a standing ovation at the gala celebrating the very effective, in-school, literacy program she co-founded 20 years ago. The gala attracted 250 to the DAC for cocktails, dinner and a program emceed by board member Gina Coleman. So many memories and good stories. My favorite – one of the kids came from a home that did not have any books until he brought home the one he wrote and published at BB. Thanks to friendly cajoling by Jack Krasula that generated generous bidding for a stay at a Turks & Caicos villa and dedicated giving by supporters like Mort Harris, Gordon Follmer and Drew Peslar (to name only a few), the gala raised $342,000 for the program that gives kids a productive future by bringing struggling readers to grade level.
SHINE ! Variety & FAR camps benefit
From the first note of Rainbow Connection that Ella sang to the final model on the Somerset South atrium runway, the annual SHINE fashion show produced lots of smiles and enthusiastic applause for the 26 youthful models. They had been prettied up by the talents at Alex Emilio Salon before dressing in the Somerset outfits they had selected (and get to keep). A Community Mentor accompanied each model. Ruthie Seltzer and Brooke Kircher chaired the Sunday afternoon event that raised $20,000 for Variety’s horseback riding and FAR’s Camp Sing Out programs for children with special needs.
Erin Go Bra(gh) CARE House Benefit
“Blythe has blown it out of the park,” Kathy Broock Ballad declared. She was introducing her girlfriends to CARE House director Blythe Spitzbergen at the Village Club where they were gathered for her sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day charity cocktail party. Blythe spoke briefly about the problem of sex trafficking, how it starts, and how to spot it. Kathy thanked all for their gifts - bras for CARE House clients. “We all need support,” quipped she. And when the rack on which the donations were hanging collapsed, buddies from her Max Broock real estate team quickly put it back in the support business.
Academy of the Sacred Heart Annual Benefit
Secret Garden Gala
The Secret Garden theme Michelle Jonna and Karen Wilson chose for the ASH benefit was a welcome change after the rugged winter. It was, thankfully, winding down albeit with rain as school loyalists arrived at Bloomfield Hills Country Club where fantasy-sized posies stood at attention near the protected entry. The new, as of last summer, Head of School Damian Hermann and his wife Kristin, (who works at Eton Academy) were front and center greeters. More than 40 Patrons arrived early for a reception in the President’s Grill where a Giving Tree and two raffles competed with conversation. The silent auction nearby displayed 45 items which brought in $10,000. When all 175 guests arrived, the party moved upstairs and Gabby Antakli paid tribute to her grandmother Virginia Antakli, the 2019 Cor Unum honoree. A sense of family is a most discernible ASH difference, and the Antakli clan knows it well. Virginia’s lifelong ties to the worldwide community of schools began when she was in the sixth grade and she has shared them with all nine of her grandchildren. A video of cute kids (“Spend a lot of money, Mom”) preceded the live auction ($40,000) and paddle raise ($55,000). Thanks also to generous sponsors the annual fundraiser netted $176,00.
West Point Society of Michigan Founders Day Dinner
Nineteen future West Point cadets were among the 179 guests at the annual West Point Society of Michigan Founders Day Dinner at the Troy Marriott. The evening emceed, by WPSMI president Tom Lynch, included lots of toasts, “Beat Navy” cheers and public admission by alums of “total hours walked” (i.e. cadet punishment). Lynch had the most (200). He also generated enthusiasm for the Army vs Michigan tailgate and football game Sept. 7, the first meeting at the Big House since 1962. But the most memorable part of the evening was the talk by Colonel Cliff Worthy ’53 about his appointment to West Point in 1948 and the challenges for an African American cadet at that time. The nonagenarian, Bloomfield Hills resident’s book - “The Black Knight: An African-American Family’s Journey from West Point—A Life of Duty, Honor and Country” – is getting good reviews since its release in January.
Women’s Division Project HOPE on Safari
Diana Shoushanian and Tina Prevas took Hope on Safari to the Huron River Hunting & Fishing Club. Approximately 50 people made the trek to the 96-year-old private dinner club, originally located riverside near Brighton, now just north of M-5 in Farmington. Its current home is the third version and it retains the rustic décor its founders envisioned. WD guests embraced the hunting tag, many choosing animal print apparel. Lisa D. & Eric Harrington made music during cocktails, the dinner, which met with rave reviews, and afterwards for dancing. The late winter Saturday night safari, though devoid of wild animals, raised some $2,500 for Project HOPE’s global medical mission.
Detroit Zoological Society’s third annual Wildlife Conservation Gala, presented by Ford Motor Company, attracted more than 100 to the Detroit Zoo’s Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. Society loyalists like Bobbi and Stephen Polk, Peter Remington, Jonathan Holtzman and Lisa and Hanna Lis were spotted in the crowd that socialized and savored cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the elegant seated dinner. In conjunction with the gala theme - “Saving Birds Around the World”- they also learned from DZS Executive Director / CEO Ron Kagan of the DZS’s extensive work in bird conservation. The highlight of the event was his presentation of the Nautilus Award to Dr. Daniel Klem, Jr., a professor of ornithology and conservation biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. He has worked for more than four decades to prevent bird collisions, which kill a staggering one billion birds every year in the U.S. alone. The evening netted $53,000 for the DZS’s wildlife conservation programs. (See the Social Calendar for news of Sunset at the Zoo, Friday, June 7.)
Friends of Preservation Bloomfield "Hamilton" Benefit
Sue Nine is getting mega kudos for the super event she coordinated for Preservation Bloomfield. Having snagged 22 front row mezzanine seats for “Hamilton”, for a total of $300 per ticket she added dinner at The Heathers Club and party bus shuttle to and from the Fisher and still made $2,000 for the organization that is restoring the Barton Farmhouse and Craig Log Cabin at the Charles L. Bowers School Farm.
Ted Lindsay Foundation Wine Tasting
More than 230 people ($150 ticket) gathered at the San Marino Club to benefit autism research and education. Birmingham Wine’s Hélène Fertal offered each a pour of JP Chenet sparkling dry rosé before they checked the silent auction, buffets and other wine stations staffed by such celebrities as Frank and Karen Beckmann, Paul W Smith, Deena Centofanti, Jay Towers, BettyAnne and John Ogrodnick and Eddie Mio. Most looked for Lynn Lindsay Lapaugh, Meredith Lindsay Berman and and Blake Lindsay to repeat condolences conveyed the month before at their father’s wake. Foundation president Lew Lapaugh also invoked a moment of silence for Ted and his late wife Joanne before thanking honorary vintner Sonja Magdevski and Frank Beckman who conducted a brief live auction. For this reporter the feel good story of the night, relayed by Ted’s physical therapist John Czarnecki, confirmed that off the ice “Terrible Ted” was anything but. “For his 75th birthday party Ted had seated my wife and me at a table with the Yzermans, the Schembechlers and the Ilitches…He noticed we did not get to the party…And when he learned that it was because our two-year-old son who had autism (needed our attention), he said, ‘What is this autism? What can I do to help?’” recalled Czarnecki. Thus was born the Ted Lindsay Foundation and all it has achieved after "Terrible Ted" turned 75.