SC: West Coast wine trip with a romantic twist

West Coast wine trip with a romantic twist

Beauteous local photographer Aly Berman thought she was going on a West Coast wine trip recently to celebrate the birthday of her man of six years, Jeremy Sasson. Little did she know that Jeremy, who owns the Townhouse Restaurants, had plans of his own — a surprise marriage proposal. “It was so exciting, and I can’t believe I had no idea this was about to happen,” admits Aly.

During a tour of Napa Valley wineries, Jeremy suggested they stop at one more private winery. Jeremy concocted a story that the winery was shooting a video for its website and asked that he and Aly dress up for the occasion. “Dressed up, strolling through this amazingly beautiful winery, sipping wonderful wine, suddenly Jeremy reaches over to one of the vines and pulls out a bouquet of white roses,” Aly recalls. “Then he gets down on one knee, and I was in total shock. It couldn’t have been more beautiful.”

Seems that Jeremy had been planning this surprise proposal for some time, including a breathtaking video of the whole scene. “In fact,” says Aly, “everyone in my life knew about it but me.” The lovebirds continued their romantic West Coast wine tour and ended up in San Francisco two days later for Jeremy’s actual birthday. When they arrived, they were greeted by a couple dozen family members from both sides. Another surprise arranged by Jeremy without Aly’s knowledge.

Aly and Jeremy have not set a date, but are looking at August of next year. “We have to figure out where we’re going to do it, first,” she adds. Obviously, Jeremy enjoys doing things in a big way. We can’t wait to hear about it. Congratulations, you two.

Rapper Wale in spotlight at charity event to benefit youth

Award-winning rapper Wale will perform at Eastern Market on Thanksgiving eve at a benefit presented by the Massive Group in partnership with The Dallas Nicole Foundation. Tagged “The Edutainment Series,” this charity event will benefit inner-city youth with educational tutoring, fitness programs, and mentoring. In addition to Wale, there will also be performances by T3 of Slum Village and the Klouds Band.

“We are so excited and thankful for this opportunity to host a great event while, as a direct result, supporting the youth in our area, increasing educational proficiencies, health and fitness, and life skills in our community,” says Terrance E. Woods, founder of the Massive Group. “Thanksgiving eve will be epic for Detroit this year at Eastern Market.”

The event, to be held in Shed #5 at Eastern Market, also features a two-hour open bar and a complementary buffet. Cocktail attire is requested and RSVPs are a must — call (313) 469- 5660 or email

Miracles, others rally to support Billy J. Wilson

Billy J. Wilson, founder of the Motown Alumni Association (not an affiliate of Motown Records), is dealing with an undisclosed serious illness and is recuperating in a local nursing home. On Sunday, several well-known recording artists will come together at Bert’s Warehouse to help raise funds to assist with his mounting medical expenses. Scheduled to perform are the Miracles featuring Mark Scott, the Original Vandellas, the Fantastic Four and Phase 5, to mention a few. Tickets are $25 and $40 for VIP. For information, call (248) 905-1853.

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