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The cloudless summer day on Saturday was perfect for the garden party that Detroit physician Elayne Arterbery hosted at her breathtaking home in the historic Boston Edison District. The invitation-only event was called “Summer Solstice,” a chapter celebration for Renaissance Links Inc.

A tent was set up to shield partygoers from any possible unwanted elements, along with an array of 100-year-old trees accented by a sea of beautifully manicured flowers and shrubs. This was a perfect backdrop for the 100 or so guests who fashionably abided by the attire request for ice cream colors.

Guests enjoyed champagne and light fare, including salmon and mushroom crepes and colorful cupcakes for dessert. There was also music and a spoken word performance by BlackMaria She Shakespeare.

The event was to celebrate the remarkable work of outgoing chapter president Wendy Turner Lewis and to welcome new president Jeanette Abraham.

“Wendy embodied the essence of friendship, service and community,” said Links member and GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “The Renaissance Links under her presidency executed a number of signature event fundraisers and award-winning umbrella programs to empower women.”

The Renaissance Chapter Links is committed to celebrating and uplifting what it means to be forward-thinking, compassionate women of character who look into the eyes of the community members whom they serve, with an emphasis on women and children through an initiative called Working on Women.

At the end of the event, each guest was presented with a framed pictured of themselves, along with a teacup and saucer set.

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

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