Society: Mia Farrow helps raise $80,000 for CARE House

Chuck Bennett

Actress and activist Mia Farrow attended a cocktail party in her honor for CARE House of Oakland County on Tuesday to raise support for child abuse treatment and prevention. Wearing a simple black pantsuit, she mixed and mingled with the 120 invited guests at the event, which was held at the nonprofit’s Pontiac facility.

The party was the prelude to CARE House’s annual Circle of Friends luncheon at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on Wednesday where Farrow was keynote speaker to a crowd of 300 supporters. She discussed her experiences advocating internationally on behalf of children for more than 15 years.

“I am so supportive of the work and support that is provided by the staff at CARE House,” she said. “I wish there had been a CARE House for me and my family when I needed help. I felt so alone.”

At the party, guests enjoyed wine from Celani Family Vineyards and were treated to samplings of culinary specialties from restaurants under the Roberts Restaurant Group umbrella, Beverly Hills Grill, Cafe ML and Town Tavern, among them. Owner Bill Roberts and his wife, Maria, were the evening’s hosts and Maria Roberts was the event chair for the luncheon.

Musician Christian Bouchillion provided background music and many guests participated in an orchestrated tour of the child advocacy center. Collectively, the events raised more than $80,000 for CARE House of Oakland County.

Chuck Bennett is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador and the creator of the Social D, a website that represents the social side of Metro Detroit. See