Society: Dinner, golf raise money for Work It Out

Chuck Bennett
Special to The Detroit News

There was lots of excitement Sunday night when Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO) hosted its spectacular annual Sunday Dinner, preceding its Celebrity Golf Invitational on Monday. Nearly 200 people attended the event that took place at Pine Lake Country Club in West Bloomfield Township. Guests included a number of Hollywood actors (Mekhi Phifer, D.B. Sweeney, Kevin Dillon, Cheech Marin and John McGinley to mention a few), as well as former pro athletes (Chris Chelios, Vinnie Johnson and Jimmy King among them).

The evening began with a cocktail hour on the patio of the plush country club prior to guests being ushered into the spacious dining room for the dinner and program. The dinner, a chilled seafood melange of crab, lobster and shrimp — and an aged prime N.Y. strip — was served in the midst of the program.

Work It Out CEO Tom Anderson welcomed everyone, along with a heartwarming video presentation from the nonprofit foundation’s executive director Trish Dewald, and a few words from Carol Weaver of Detroit Public Schools. Danialle Karmanos, during opening remarks, conveyed her passion for founding Work It Out. Her husband, Peter Karmanos Jr., announced which celebrities would be playing in which foursomes in Monday’s golf tournament.

Ben Sharkey and his band kicked off the entertainment for the night, which ended with a 30-minute set from Columbia Records artist Matt Kearney. Dinner was topped off with a decadent display of desserts and rare scotch and cigars on the patio.

Work It Out, in partnership with the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, is a research-based program that reaches kids at a critical point in their development. The program uses a unique blend of yoga and nutrition education to prevent childhood obesity, reduce stress and increase self-esteem. More than a million dollars was raised from the golf outing.

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