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Jackets for Jobs, the charity organization that provides career skills training and professional clothing to job seekers, celebrated its 16th anniversary on Wednesday with an event held at Greektown Casino Ballroom called “Sweet 16.”

Founded in 2000 by Detroiter Alison Vaughn, a former flight attendant, Jackets for Jobs has outfitted more than 18,000 men and women with work clothing.

The event, attended by more than 200 guests, featured an abundance of sweet treats — a candy bar and a buffet of pastries, a fashion show from TJ Maxx, utilizing the company’s employees as models, and a message from keynote speaker and fashion icon Veronica Webb. Webb, who has appeared on the covers of many top fashion magazines and walked the runways for the world’s best designers, lives in New York but grew up on the east side of Detroit.

Keeping with the 16 years theme, 16 outfits were on display throughout the room, donated by 16 high-profile individuals, including Motown recording artist Kem, Grammy-winning gospel singer Dorinda Clark Cole and fashion designer Tracy Reese. The printed program for the event offers a timeline of Jacket for Jobs highlights, including Vaughn appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2002; Jackets for Jobs ringing the closing bell on NASDAQ in New York in 2006; and Jackets for Jobs opening an office in Botswana, Africa, in 2013.

When Art Meets Science

What happens when you put brilliant scientists and talented artists one on one in a room together for an extended period of time? Magnificent art for an art auction to benefit medical research.

Two hundred and fifty people came out to MOCAD Thursday, where one-of-a-kind paintings, sculpture, jewelry and other creations inspired by the cutting-edge science of physician-researchers at the University of Michigan were on display for auction during this annual event. The dinner is hosted by U-M’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute to fund grants for U-M medical school faculty that help them launch their research laboratories.

Taubman Institute Director Dr. Eva Feldman and Dr. Gayle Taubman Kalisman, daughter of the late philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman, welcomed guests and urged them to “bid high and bid often.” Guests paid $350 each to attend and enjoyed a strolling Detroit-inspired menu catered by award-winning Forte Belanger. There was also a mystifying signature “scientific” cocktail served in laboratory beakers, bubbling with a dash of dry ice.

While artists and doctor/researchers mingled with the crowd, when the silent auction closed at 9 p.m., all of the more than two dozen works of art had been sold.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of the Social Metro. Visit thesocialmetro.com.

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