• Sally Gerak

Social Lights Sept. #1, 2019

Updated: Oct 30, 2019

In this issue

  • Founders Junior Council FASH BASH

  • Rose Hill Foundation Golf Tournament

  • Circumnavigators' Summer Safari

  • Christ Child Society Pink Party

  • Forgotten Harvest on Track to End Hunger

  • Big Wine Classic

  • The Community House House Tour Preview

DIA Founders Junior Council FASH BASH

Editor’s note: For the first time in many years, this reporter was not able to get to FASH BASH. This story was written with input from friends who did attend. The photographs (except as noted) are the work of Olga Gamburg for the Founders Junior Council. This reporter is very, very grateful for the assistance.

Unlike the last three years, Mother Nature provided perfect weather for the 2019 Founders Junior Council major fundraiser, permitting cocktails and the after party festivities to be on the majestic front steps of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Longtime supporters, like past FJC president Amy Zimmer, were especially pleased. “You almost wanted to go around saying ‘Happy FASH BASH’,” said she. Six hundred supporters ($1,5000. $750, $375, $250 tickets) gathered for cocktails before the Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion runway show in the Diego Rivera Court and the Great Hall. Lifetime Honorary Chair Brenda Rosenberg, featured in video remarks before the show, noted that a 1970s poolside Splash Bash party was transformed into FASH BASH in 1980, thanks to Joe Hudson’s support of her vision. (She was JL Hudson VP of Fashion and an FJC board member at the time.) This year’s show by NM Corporate Producer Margaret Merritt, “…was actually good,” according to Laura Segal, and included a fun segment inspired by “Game of Thrones”. After party ticket holders (nearly 200 at $150) watched the show live streamed on a video screen out front before show goers joined them for schmoozing, dancing, sipping and nibbling. Proceeds are earmarked for the FJC $1-million DIA endowment campaign pledge.


1. Event co-chairs Jennifer & Chris Granger


2. Past FJC president Amy Zimmer and board member Lorron James

3. Suzy Farbman, Kathy Rines, Cara Kazanowski date their friendship back to days as FJC board members

4. Ken & Marilyn Way, Christine & Rick Zantop

5. Lifetime Honorary Chair Brenda & Howard Rosenberg

6. Stone Rhodes & his mother Patti Rhodes-Prowse

7. Molly Saeli, Christine Provost, Sue Ahern


8. Susan Kaplan, Alex Erdeljan

9. Past FJC president Sandra Plezia & Ryan Husaynu

10. Julie Marx

11. Renee Godin & Scott Ferguson

12. Andrea Hughes, Connie Hogan

13. Domenic & Nina Holden, Renee & Chuck Janovsky

14. Jeffrey Sturges & FJC President Maggie Durant, co-chairs Burt Jordan & Marchelle Costa, co-chairs William & Ashley Slatkin, Howard & Lifetime Honorary chair Brenda Rosenberg, DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons, co-chairs Jennifer & Chris Granger, co-chairs Amanda Fisher and Ben Hubert, presenting sponsor Neiman Marcus' Renee Janovsky

15. Lori & Larry Rapp

16. Kathy Reason

17. Aaron & Carolynn Frankel, DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons

18. Lacey Foon, her aunt Laura Segal & Steven Lin

19. Lynn & Bharat Gandhi

20. Steven Rybicki, Amy Zimmer, Billy Costello

21. Jeffrey Sturges, FJC president Maggie Durant and her parents Susan and Clark Durant

22. Cindy & Tim Leuliette, Elizabeth Belkin

23. Jill Margulis and her mother-in-law Annie Margulis Photo by Bruce Margulis

24. Model Caroline Reason wearing Gorski fur, Zac Posen Ivory Satin gown, Devon Leigh Earrings and necklace, Clutch & Crown Jay Strongwater Dragon

25. Model / “Game of Thrones” star Corey Bartos wearing Gorski fur cape, Gorski fur shawl, Brunello Cucinelli lace shirt, PRPS distressed denim, Wolverine Boots, stylist’s own belt, with Triumph, the dog from Animal Actors

Rose Hill Foundation Golf Tournament

Lightning postponed the cocktail hour, $1-million Shoot Out (for a hole-in-one on #9) at the 28th annual golf fundraiser for the psychiatric treatment and rehab center. But it did not dampen the spirits of the 140 Rose Hill Center supporters gathered inside Bloomfield Hills Country Club for dinner and the program. When two clients who are roommates in the transition program finished a Q & A with expressions of gratitude, they got a standing ovation. Closest to the hole winners - Robbie Wilson, Susan Lucken, Joe Vassalla and Walter Douglas - plus Reggie Boerger, Nick Connor, Trevoe Pampalona and Tony Moscone qualified to participate in the Shoot Out, which was postponed until the 2020 event. Aaron Michael and Jessica Tasco won Longest Drive titles. Teams winning Waterford crystal were:1st: Fred Adams, Don Carney, Mel Vanderburg, Bob Roland, 2nd: Dan Kelly, Benny La Sala, Mary Jo Martin, Dr. Lewis Rosenbaum; 3rd: Dick, Pat, Dan & Andy Walsh. The event - the last for newly retired head of the center Ben Robinson - raised more than $85,000 for financial patient assistance at Rose Hill, which was founded by Rosemary and Dan Kelly. All guests took home a souvenir pot of roses, cultivated by residents of the center, where mental illness recovery also blooms.


1. Event co-chairs Greg Schwartz, Jr. and founder/sponsor Dan Kelly, CEO/Pres. Ben Robinson

2. Volunteers Pat Fallis, Annah Yokley, Rosemary Kelly (also a sponsor) and Carol Chisholm

3. The Walt Douglas family, pioneer event supporters: Edmond, Walt, Retha, and Mark Douglas, team member George Hamilton

4. Val & Tom MacFarlane, event sponsor Jeannine Gundle

5. Lewis Rosenbaum, Foundation board president John Tierney

6. Foundation & Center board member J. Michael Moore, Bruce Birgbauer, Dick Rassel, Paul Broughton

7. Judith Darin, Chip Dawson, Mary Jo Kelly Martin

8. Tim & Susan Lucken, foundation board member John Boukamp, Sr, John Boukamp, Jr

9. Sponsor GDT’s Paul Clem, Brian Maisel, David Moran

10. Matt Thatcher, Caryn Ciagne, event co-chair Greg Schwartz, Jr.

11. 1st place team: Bob Roland, Don Carney, Fred Adams, Mel Vanderbrug

12. 2nd place team: Dan Kelly, Mary Jo Kelly Martin, Benny La Sala, Dr. Lewis Rosenbaum

13. 3rd place team: Dan Walsh and Dick Walsh (Not pictured- Pat and Andy Walsh)

14. Sponsors

Circumnavigators Summer Safari

Lee and Floy Barthel hosted the 25th annual Michigan Chapter Circumnavigators Club’s Summer Safari at their 160-acre spread in Farmington Hills. The Mexican theme made Margarita’s the beverage of choice (Kent Jivod was the accomplished mixologist) and El Nibble Nook catered authentic cuisine.) Ann Swinford shared some Russian travel experiences, noting that Moscow and St. Petersburg are lovely “…but you do not want to be on the streets during a protest.” Membership in the Circumnavigators Club is open to all who have traveled around the world promoting friendship and understanding. Safari proceeds benefit the Circumnavigators foundation which funds travel study for college students. For more information go to http://circumnavigators.org/.


1. James R Pearson, his mother / Michigan Circumnavigators Chapter president Kathy Sinclair-Pearson, event host Lee Barthel

2. Mary Lou Butcher, Vicki Lange, Amy Jivod, event hostess Floy Barthel

3. Margarita maestro Kent Jivod

4. Lil Dullinger, Betty Bright, Anne Vestevich, Sybil Jacques, Marusa Judy, Mary Small

5. Mexican flag

Christ Child Society Pink Party

No one needed rose-colored glasses at Christ Child Society’s third annual Pink Party hosted by Amanda Uffelman at her Bloomfield Village home because pink was everywhere. Sixty guests, many wearing pink, gathered on the terrace around the swimming pool which floated pink and white beach balls. They sipped a specialty “Pink Drink” and sparkling rose wine. Pink and white serving platters held pink sprinkled sugar cookies, cupcakes and French macarons in various pink shades. Rosette satin runners adorned tables and the diving board. Pink mini lights twinkled. The girls night out party raised $4,500 and, judging from Joan Page’s photos which follow, was a very pretty prelim for the society’s major fundraiser, the Night of Angels, that Sarah DuBay and Laura Karmanos are chairing Nov. 2 at Bloomfield Hills Country Club.


1. Hostess Amanda Uffelman, Carol Schmidt, Lynn Sirich, Sara Uffelman

2. Mary Callaghan Lynch, Bridget Ebbing, CCS president Chris Schwartz

3. Mary Jo Dawson, Patti Jessup

4. Board member Cristina Recchia, Christ Child House Executive Director Maria Lessnau and Director of Residential Services Erica Stuchell

5. Lanie Hardy Cosgrove, Michelle Lutfy, board member Lizzy Hardy, Cali Cosgrove

6. Carole Hill, Mary Schelske, Mary Bergmann

7. Bess Paradiso, Caroline Johnson, Mari MacKenzie

8. Board members Laura Karmanos and Pam Surhigh

9. Lynn Root, Glenda Meads, Nora Hamill, Michelle Anstett

10. Kathy Kolbe, Sara Marshall, Dona Tracey, Bridget Bealin

11. Missy Hess, Marlen Borio, Julie Wells

12. Michelle Lievois, Patty Bakken Clelland

13. Shannon Anderson, CCS Development Director Laura Keziah, Board Member Elaina Ryder

14. Joan Page, Patti Jessup, Carole Hill

15. Party scene

16. Party scene

17. Close-up of table décor


Forgotten Harvest on Track to End Hunger

More than 300 Forgotten Harvest advocates ($150 ticket) rallied at the M1 Concourse for the fund raiser presented by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. MBFS VP Geoff Robinson and 30 of his associates were in the crowd, as was Mark Anusbigian, who, for the last 16 years, hosted the event’s Dream Cruise preview predecessor at his Westborn Market. If you think this suggests that hunger warriors like cars, know that 200 of the Track guests took rides around the state-of-the-art, 1.5-mile track in a Mercedes AMG or a Dodge Hell Cat. “It was phenomenal,” opined sponsor Pat Williams, who is also a volunteer at the food agency. When folks weren’t riding, they ate, drank, line danced to music by Serieux or bid in the silent auction that raised $10,000. The inaugural event raised enough money to provide more than $1-million worth of groceries.


1. Donna and sponsor Westborn Market ‘s Mark Anusbigian

2. Rosalind & board member Nathan Upfal, Forgotten Harvest’s Mike Spicer

3. Sophia, Alison & Subash Kapur

4. Carol & sponsor Thermal King Michigan’s Mike Furlong

5. Sponsor VTC Insurance Group’s Pat Williams

6. Board member Mark Ellis, Forgotten Harvest’s Tim Hudson

7. Mike & sponsor Sterling Insurance Group’s Stephanie Ciranna, Steve & Marie Ciranna

8. Michael & Jillian Pintar

9. Sponsor Michigan.com’s Georgette Adkins with husband Jeff and daughter Kylie

10. Generous participating restaurants

11. Sponsors

12. Sponsors

Big Wine Classic

The 14th annual event inspired by the late Rob Schuele’s desire to “rock someone’s world” brought 124 golfers to Birmingham Country Club the last Monday in August. When play was completed, the team of Steve Mancuso, Bruce Soderberg, Todd Williams and Mike Carty had the low score, 126. But the real winner was the 2019 Schuele Scholarship recipient Grace Rost, who is going to MSU to major in psychology and wants to focus on teenage mental health. She, along with three other recipients, joined 270 donors at the strolling dinner and fine wine experience that followed play. Each spoke briefly about their academic aspirations and / or the financial challenges that necessitated their application for the four-year, full ride scholarship. Their remarks emphatically answered emcee Chris Lievois’ question, “Was the day worth it?” ($475 for golf and dinner; $200 for dinner only.) The event raised more than $180,000 for the Robert A. Schuele Scholarship Fund, thanks to generous sponsors and ten co-hosts. They are Bart Tinsley, Tom Violante Jr, Bernie Ronnisch, Curtis Burstein, Dave Provost, Steve Ortale, Terry Thomas, Dave Lychuk, Chris Lievois and Scott Steigerwald. For information about another scholarship fund benefit - The Big Bird Classic, a pheasant hunting and wine tasting gathering to be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at Metamora’s Hunters Creek Club - go to the website at https://rasscholarshipfund.org/.


1. Event co-hosts Bart Tinsley and Dave Provost

2. Co-host Bernie Ronnisch, Metro Detroit Youth Clubs CEO Brett Tillander

3. Emma Schuele, Hannah Schuele and their step brother John Polakowsk

4. Lori Schuele Polakowski, Katie & Tom Prior

5. Sponsor Planning Alternatives’ Ed Shaw and Nathan Mersereau

6. Emily McLogan, Hannah Haley

7. RAS scholarship winners: Alora Allen, Grace Rost, Jana Ratzloff and Savanah Major

8. Lou & Susan Reid, Tom & Marti Gotshall, Scott & Mary Currie

9. Sponsor Flo-Control Systems’ Steve Mancuso, Lauren Kortas and Ron Long, Bruce Soderberg

10. Amy Ordona, John Balardo, Janet Baccanari, Faith Straton, Dan Olmstead

11. Rick Sarrach, Cheryl & Dan Westes, Allen Coleman

12. Ice sculpture

7. RAS scholarship winners: Alora Allen, Grace Rost, Jana Ratzloff and Savanah Major

8. Lou & Susan Reed, Tom & Marti Gotshall, Scott & Mary Currier

9. Sponsor Flo-Control Systems’ Steve Mancuso, Lauren Kortas and Rong Long, Bruce Soderberg

10. Amy Ordona, John Balardo, Janet Baccanari, Faith Straton, Dan Olmstead

11. Rick Sarrach, Cheryl & Dan Westes, Allen Coleman

12. Ice sculpture


Birmingham House Tour Preview

Seven generous home owners have agreed to open their homes from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 12, so that HG/TV addicts can see behind the front doors. The 32nd annual event is a fund raiser for The Community House programs and services. Those interested in volunteering may contact Kathie Ninneman 248-594-6404. Sponsors of the benefit are Hall & Hunter Realtors, Gorman’s, Maison Birmingham, Equity Title, Bolyard Lumber and Detroit Home. Tickets are $42 in advance, $49 the day of the tour at The Community House. Following are photos of the seven homes.


1. Photo by Gene Meadows of tour home in Birmingham

2. Photo by Gene Meadows of tour home in Birmingham

3. Photo by Gene Meadows of tour home in Birmingham

4. Photo by Gene Meadows of tour home in Bloomfield Township

5. Photo by Gene Meadows of tour home in Bloomfield Township

6. Photo by Mark Vecchio of tour home in Bloomfield Township

7. Photo by David Tabashnik of tour home in Beverly Hills

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