Society: Child Safe Michigan honors its ‘legends’

Chuck Bennett

Although it seems that there was little pre-publicity on the Detroit Legends Ball presented by Child Safe of Michigan on Saturday, apparently it didn’t matter. The event, held at the tony Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, was a huge financial success and a sellout to boot. Some 330 people filed into the hotel’s elegantly decorated ballroom to support Child Safe, which protects abused children, and to salute eight Detroit “legends.”

After a VIP reception followed by a cocktail hour, guests were seated for a duo entree dinner — grilled salmon and stuffed chicken breast — and a short program emceed by the very lively Fox 2 sports reporter Jennifer Hammond. The event also included a spirited live auction that alone brought in nearly $75,000 to benefit Child Safe.

“Because of this spectacular evening, we will be able to better provide for the needs of the children in our care,” said Keith Pomeroy, who is chairman of the board at Child Safe Michigan. “I also have a deep debt of gratitude for our event chairs and for the Detroit Legends that were honored.”

The event chairs were Susu Sosnick and Christine Tobias. The honored Detroit Legends, who are known in the fields of sports, entertainment and journalism, but more importantly for being strong advocates of children, were Isiah Thomas, Martha Reeves (a no show), Jackie Kallen, Thomas Hearns, Dave Bing, Denise Ilitch, Mitch Albom (also a no show) and this columnist.

The evening also included a Motown performance by Horizon and dancing with music from DJ Thom T.

“I want to thank everyone who worked so tirelessly to make this evening a great success, with a special thanks to our Legends,” said Sosnick. “Child Safe Michigan is so important and this event will benefit so many deserving children. I am so proud.”

Child Safe Michigan is a foster care, adoption and mentoring agency that works with abused, neglected and at-risk children. The organization is now affiliated with the Judson Center, with a goal to become the premiere comprehensive provider of child welfare services in Southeast Michigan. Tickets to the Detroit Legends Ball started at $300 per person.

Chuck Bennett is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador and creator of the Social D. See