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SC: Anqunette Jamison talks about her battle with MS

Chuck Bennett

Anqunette Jamison talks about her MS battle

It was far from your typical restaurant happy hour. About 100 people gathered at GreenSpace Cafe in Ferndale on Tuesday to salute the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter, with special guest Anqunette Jamison.

Though it is still not necessarily common knowledge, Anqunette, better known as Q from Fox 2 News, has been recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. At the event, looking resplendent in a form-fitted, moss green Victoria Beckham dress, she addressed the supportive crowd with an update on her current situation. “MS presents itself in a lot of different ways,” she explained. “For me, the most prominent thing and what’s been keeping me off work is that I’m having cognitive issues. My memory is leaving me at a drastic rate.”

Guests — who noshed on GreenSpace’s healthy, plant-based fare like the wild mushroom toast or Mediterranean flatbreads, washed down with blood orange sangria and Vegan Vine cabernet sauvignon — were all visibly moved by Q’s touching testimony. “People keep asking, “When are you going back to work? I don’t know. My doctor has not given me the OK. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go back or not. If I don’t, unfortunately, I’ll be another statistic like so many others that I’ve met through the MS Society.” There was no cost to attend the event, but most guests happily donated to the cause. GreenSpace will host another Happy Giving event on Tuesday, saluting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America with Fox 2 News’ Roop Raj as a special guest.

New York Restoration Project’s Spring Picnic

When Metro Detroiters Diane Schoenith of the Roostertail and Cheryl Hall Lindsay of RGA Talent received an invitation from former Detroiter Ron Miller to attend the New York Restoration Project’s Spring Picnic, they jumped at the opportunity. The star-studded event held at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion on the upper west side of New York City included Sandra Bernhard as mistress of ceremonies, a presentation by Martha Stewart and, among the co-chairs, were designers Linda Allard and Michael Kors.

It was a particularly special moment for Diane that allowed her a chance to reunite with entertainer Bette Midler, who founded the New York Restoration Project. “I met Bette in the mid-1970s when she performed in Detroit at Masonic Temple,” Diane recalls. “My husband, Tom, and I kidnapped her and took her around Detroit — the London Chop House, the Club Room at the Roostertail. It was a great time. I remember there was a food fight with baked Alaska. I happened to have a photo of it that I showed Bette at Restoration Project picnic. She was thrilled. We exchanged information and said we’d keep in touch.” The New York Restoration Project focuses on New York communities that need work in public parks, housing projects, vacant lots, schools, on sidewalks, the waterfront, and in community gardens. Miller, who worked at the DIA when he lived in Detroit, is its chief development officer.

A happy wine surprise at A Night for Sight

Wine lovers were in grape heaven a couple weeks ago when A Night For Sight presented its annual charity wine auction at the Townsend Hotel, this year marking its 15th anniversary. At the event, the charity, which raises funds by auctioning fine, rare wines to restore, improve and preserve vision, also honored Dr. Paul Fecko, the former Michigan Ophthalmological Society president and founding co-chair of A Night for Sight. “The happiest person of the night was certainly the person who bid on a mixed case of Bordeaux wine in which a $5,000 bottle was inadvertently placed,” said ANFS co-founder Dr. Frank Nesi. “Lucky them.”

Chuck Bennett is the creator of thesocialmetro.com and the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador.