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Carole King sings for Stabenow at exclusive show

A few close friends and supporters of Sen. Debbie Stabenow were in for a special treat on Monday night at the home of Weight Watchers guru Florine Mark. Nearly 300 people were invited for an exclusive performance by award-winning singer/songwriter Carole King. Guests arrived at Florine’s sprawling ranch style home for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before converging downstairs into a theater seating situation surrounding a stage and a piano. After a few quick speeches from Florine, Sen. Gary Peters and Stabenow, Carole King took the stage leading the audience through four strong Carole King songs. “I was proud to hold this fundraiser at my home for Sen. Stabenow,” Florine said. “She is a good friend of mine, and I am big supporter of all her hard work in Michigan and this country. Carole King is a personal friend of Stabenow.” Tickets to the benefit were from $1,000 to $25,000.

Chef feeds, clothes people for Black Friday

While many folks were busy shopping on Black Friday, chef Bobby Nahra of Lakeland Banquet Hall, along with his family and friends, were busy helping those in need. They infiltrated the Roseville Masonic Center, feeding more than 600 people, and 400 were given clothes and care packages in a program called Macomb Feeding the Need and Vets Returning Home, run by Cheryl Glentz Becigneul. “So many people give away turkeys for Thanksgiving,” Bobby said. “But what about the day after, or even the day after that. I’m really proud of my family and friends.” And finally on Friday night, after it was all said and done, chef Bobby and crew went to his house and finally had a chance to chow down on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Les Gold steps outside ‘Pawn’ role for ‘Chopped’

Les Gold of “Hardcore Pawn” (he owns American Jewelry and Loan) will appear on a special holiday version of “Chopped” on the Food Network. Les will appear with three other reality show stars, including Claudia Jordan (formerly of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Jenni Pulos (“Flipping Out”) and Karina Smirnoff (“Dancing With the Stars”). This episode of “Chopped” will premiere at 8 p.m. Monday.

Aretha hosts Beans and Cornbread dinner event

Aretha Franklin hosts major concert/dinner events for people in the community usually twice during holiday time. This year was no different with Beans and Cornbread serving up over 1,400 meals. “It got so busy, we actually had to go back to the restaurant to bring in some more food,” said Patrick Coleman, who owns the restaurant. “There was lots of singing, and praising, and lots and lots of eating.” Among the dishes were chicken, turkey, mac and cheese, and collard greens. “We even brought oxtail soup for radio personality Mildred Gaddis,” Coleman said.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of TheSocialMetro.com and is the Style Ambassador of Fox 2 News.

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