The Michigan Chapter of the Friends of Camp Mak-A-Dream held a benefit called Cookies N' Dreams on Oct. 28 at the Somerset Collection in Troy. The evening affair raised funds to send children and young adults with cancer to a cost free camp in Montana. Camp Mak-A-Dream was founded by Michigan residents Sylvia and Harry Granader.
The Big Apple was on full display at Art Van Furniture's fundraiser for the Henry Ford Health System on Oct. 21. The evening event, which coincided with Art Van Furniture's 51st anniversary, included a strolling supper, live entertainment, and displays of New York.
On Nov. 4, the Somerset Collection Charitable Foundation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Detroit Shoppe, a collection of Detroit memorabilia from such iconic institutions as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Motown Museum, and Pewabic Pottery. The store, located on the second level of Somerset North near Macy's, will be open daily until year's end.
The Brother Rice Business Alliance held one of its three annual fundraisers benefiting Brother Rice High School in Birmingham on Oct. 12 at Ocean Prime in Troy. The networking reception included a keynote address by Andrew (Rocky) Raczkowski, the Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional District (Oakland County).
On Oct. 27, the Detroit chapter of TiE (Talent, Ideas, Enterprise) hosted a networking reception prior to TiECon Midwest 2010, Michigan's largest entrepreneurial conference (Oct. 28-29), at The Henry in Dearborn. The conference included a keynote address by Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.
On Oct. 7, the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce held its Salute to Excellence Award Dinner at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. The event included a networking reception, dinner, awards program, and a keynote address by Wally Tsuha, chairman and CEO of Saturn Electronics & Engineering Inc. in Rochester Hills.
The Antonio Rugiero Diabetes Research Fund at the University of Michigan held its 1st annual Rugiero Casino Royale on Oct. 30 at the Italian American Club in Livonia. The fundraiser included a strolling dinner, a silent auction, gaming, a raffle, entertainment, and a tribute to the late Antonio Rugiero Sr., who lived with type 2 diabetes for nearly 40 years.
Former Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson's Charity for Children (CATCH) held its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Oct. 13 at The Henry in Dearborn. The Night of Champions event, which included a dinner and live auction, honored Vicki and Tom Celani, Ted Lindsay, and Tom Wilson.
The Ambassador Club hosted its 6th annual Showtime event on Sept. 29 at Penna's of Sterling Heights. The evening benefited Henry Ford Macomb Hospital's Neighbors Caring for Neighbors Clinics, Trauma Services, and Outpatient Rehabilitation facilities.
On Oct. 11, Vicki and Tom Celani hosted area restaurant owners and their executives staffs for a wine tasting in Bloomfield Township. The evening affair included Celani Family Vineyards' Ardore, Chardonnay, 'Vincenza' Rose, Tenacious, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests also sampled a selection of fine wines from the Celani's cellar.