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CHUCK BENNETT

Society Confidential: Garden Party Foundation event

Chuck Bennett

Hundreds enjoy Garden Party Foundation event

Now in its eighth year, the Garden Party Foundation presented yet another spectacular event on Sunday. More than 600 people enjoyed perfect weather in a beautiful setting (Meadowbrook Hall and Garden), great wine (more than 100 different varieties) and some of the best food in Metro Detroit (more than 30 restaurants, including Joe Muer, Bistro 82 and Beverly Hills Grill). Several car enthusiasts brought out their classic cars and everything went off without a hitch — until the very end.

“No good deed goes unpunished,” says Syd Ross, who founded TGPF with his wife, Elizabeth. “My ’62 Cadillac Eldorado broke down on the way home. We finished the day sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. All dressed up and no place to go.” Apparently, Lew Cooper and his wife, Susie, did stop and try to help, but they were driving a two-seater. Cooper is the co-CEO of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits with Syd and the J Lewis Cooper Foundation, which maintains The Garden Party Foundation with the Elizabeth and Sydney L. Ross Foundation. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Macomb Community College’s Applied Technologies Program and Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute.

Fashion photog to open collection of Paris photos

Local fashion photographer Boswell Hardwick is one of the chosen few Michigan photogs who over the years has been invited to shoot the major fashion houses during Paris Fashion Week. While there, he also often shoots some of the world’s top models, including Sebastian Sauve (who happens to hail from Royal Oak). On June 25, at the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Boswell will showcase his latest collection of photos, “If I Must,” depicting a modern and gritty Paris, creating “a beautiful tension with the timeless architecture of the city, sharing highlights of my life in Paris on paper, metal, and canvas,” he explains. Also on display in the main gallery will be a selection of Boswell’s portraits and fashion imagery, with a curiously naughty surprise awaiting attendees in the lower gallery. “No You Can’t,” is a capsule collection of erotic imagery (open to 18 and over, please).

Twenty-six photographs will be available, with prices ranging from $800-$4,500. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wayne State University’s The Horizons Project, the only HIV/AIDS program in Michigan that specifically focuses on providing services to HIV positive and at-risk youth ages 13-24.

Detroit Legends Ball benefits Child Safe Michigan

Sliding in under the radar as one of the best parties of the season, the Detroit Legends Ball, benefiting Child Safe Michigan, was a huge success. With little pre-publicity, the sold-out event (nearly 400 guests) took place at the Townsend Hotel (which is owned by Keith Pomeroy, who is the chairman of the board of Child Safe Michigan). Five Detroit legends were honored (who were all in attendance), including founding general director of the Michigan Opera Theatre David DiChiera; attorney Geoffrey Fieger; Detroit Tigers baseball great Al Kaline; former NBA star and Detroit Pistons “Bad Boy” Rick Mahorn; and former NHL/Detroit Red Wings star Mickey Redmond. The evening included a performance from Nuclassica, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, a program, a live auction and dancing into the night with Nouveaute. Child Safe Michigan is a foster care, adoption and mentoring agency that works with abused, neglected and at-risk children, making a difference in hundreds of children’s lives every year.

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