Connie and Chip Quarrier (Martin LeFlore)
This was not the usual society party. Ethan Davidson and KC Crain hosted more than 200 friends at the Detroit Mercantile Company in Eastern Market to celebrate the release of “Pete Karmanos: A Life in Progress,” which was authored by Karmanos’ wife, Danialle, with former Hour Detroit editor Rebecca Powers.
The simple invitation asked guests to come and honor Karmanos and indulge in a little scotch, snacks and rock and roll. Representing hockey, business, community, politics and publishing, the eclectic group included former NHL player Jimmy Carson; Plymouth Whaler coach Mike Velucci; mayoral candidate Mike Duggan; Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon; businessmen Scott Jacobson, Nate Forbes and Chip Quarrier; Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson; and publisher Bill Haney, to name a few.
Celebrated caterer Forte Belanger, which is always on point, stepped up its game even more for this event with innovative modes of passed hors d’oeuvres, such as a wooden tray that became a traveling seafood buffet and a wheeled cart with hot pretzels and a multitude of fixings.
There was a brief program with charming and witty comments about the book from Davidson and Crain (who are both Karmanos Cancer Institute board members), Danialle Karmanos and ultimately Peter Karmanos.
The book is a beautiful coffee-table book that captures the essence of Peter Karmanos and his contributions to the community. It is told in three sections — business, philanthropy and family. In a move that is authentic Karmanos, 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Karmanos Cancer Institute and Danialle Karmanos‘ Work It Out Foundation. The book will be sold exclusively at the Detroit Shoppe in Detroit and Troy for $44.95.
Each guest was gifted with a copy of the book that was personally inscribed by Peter and Danialle Karmanos. By the way, the evening’s rock and roll came by way of the band, the Sights; and the scotch was top shelf Macallan 18.