Society Confidential: ‘Fifty Years of Parties’ gears up

Chuck Bennett

Veteran party host Tom Schoenith and a team of 10 of his Roostertail employees are working diligently on what Tom says is probably the biggest party of his illustrious career. And understandably so, since the theme focuses on 50 years of parties hosted by him and his wife, Diane. “We’re going through 100 boxes of pictures, newspaper clippings and movies,” says Tom. “We have a space of 3,000 square feet to sort everything by year. There will be a thousand original newspaper articles on display at the party, along with over 3,000 original photos and dozens and dozens of movies and videos.” The party will also showcase the many designer dresses that Diane Schoenith wore during these elaborate, celebrity-filled soirees, with guests including the Jackson 5, the Supremes, Bobby Darin, the Four Seasons and actor Robert Duvall, to mention a few. The party will take place in April at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, with 750 expected to attend. “Many of these were parties were attended by iconic Detroiters like the Fords, the Dodges, the Taubmans — nibbling on caviar and sipping champagne,” Tom continues. “We’re hoping to get some positive national press for Detroit from this event, and in lieu of gifts, we will be donating to the Detroit Historical Society.” The Schoeniths have trademarked “Fifty Years of Parties” and are developing the website

Dynamic duo launch Simply Luxury

During a late lunch at Ocean Prime in Troy on Tuesday, we ran across Barbara Spencer-Johnson and Bernadine Rogers, two local creative types, who have recently found a way to promote their diverse artistic talents under one glamorous umbrella. Barbara’s company, which she runs with her husband, Daryl Johnson, is Walls of Virtue, one-of-a-kind, faux finish wall treatments found in many luxurious homes across the country. Bernadine, a former renal tech with a penchant for style, is making a mark with her collection of clothing called RenoWear, designed specifically for dialysis and cancer patients who need clothing with easy port access. With their new company, Simply Luxury, the two will combine upscale products that address the home, body and spirit. “Bernie and I have assembled a team of talented artists whose wares we will sell,” explains Barbara. “We will also launch our line of Walls of Virtue wallpaper, in addition to showcasing beautiful decorative pillows, exquisite candles, one of kind jewelry — all available by catalog; all to satisfy our homes, our bodies and our spirits.” Roger’s RenoWear will also be available through the Simply Luxury catalog, which will be available online this spring.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation event moves to Townsend

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Michigan is stepping up its annual luncheon game this year, taking this popular gathering, now in its ninth year, from the country clubs to the elegant Townsend Hotel. In addition, a dazzling New York-style fashion show will be presented by Renee Godin Agency. Tickets to the luncheon that takes place on Cinco de Mayo and benefits CCFM are $150 and can be purchased by calling (248) 737-0900.