CHUCK BENNETT

Society Confidential: Q to walk the runway for MS

Chuck Bennett

Q will walk the runways Friday to benefit MS

Where is Q, faithful Fox 2 Morning News viewers keep asking? Anqunette “Q” Jamison-Sarfoh, the popular morning anchor, took off on medical leave during the spring of this year and has not returned. We’ve communicated with Q a number of times, and she’s actually doing pretty well, considering she’s been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and her doctors have advised her to take it easy. So for now, that mostly consists of learning all about her disease, supporting its research efforts, and enjoying her life as much as she can with her husband, Richard. We were pleasantly surprised last week to hear that she has been approached by highly respected talent agent Renee Godin from RGA in Farmington Hills to be a model. And cooler than that, she’s already been booked for her first stroll down the fashion runway.

“At first I thought she was joking or at least just trying to be nice,” says Q, with an infectious laugh. “Then when she approached me a second time, I thought, ‘Why not?’ I guess there’s a market for models to show what regular women look like in clothes.” As far as her job at Fox 2, her leave is “indefinite.” But if you want to see her strut her stuff down on the catwalk, catch her at Carson’s Laurel Park’s “New & Now” fashion event at 9 a.m. Saturday. And in the true style and class of Q, she’s asked to have her talent fee for the event donated to the MS Society.

Guests get early look at Townsend’s new Clancy Room

The highly anticipated Clancy Room inside the Townsend Hotel opened for a private viewing and ribbon-cutting reception Tuesday with about 70 guests, including Birmingham Mayor Rackeline Hoff, members of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, and Birmingham City Councilmembers. Townsend Hotel signature house wines, along with coconut chicken tenders, short rib sliders and seared ahi tuna with cucumber salad were passed with white-glove service. The Clancy Room is named for the late Dan Clancy, a celebrated interior designer who was the mastermind behind the motif of the new Townsend private dining space. “He was an incredible talent and visionary,” comments Townsend Managing Director Steven Kalczynski. “He was the one that found both fireplaces in the hotel, had them imported from England and said he loved how the hotel revolved around these fireplaces.” He loved to work with us and tease us with ‘upgrades,’ above and beyond what we thought we would like — and in the end, we always agreed.”

S. Epatha Merkerson comes home for Detroit Repertory celebration

Big things are brewing at the Detroit Repertory Theatre for its Annual Black Tie Awards Night and Homecoming Celebration. Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson will be keynote speaker. UAW-Ford is the major sponsor for the fundraiser to be held on Nov. 19 at the theater. Bill Dirksen, Ford Motor Co. vice president of Labor Affairs, and UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles are co-chairs. Merkerson, a native Detroiter, is probably best known for her 17-season run as Lt. Anita Van Buren on NBC’s “Law and Order.” The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, she attended Cooley High School and holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Wayne State. For information on the gala, call (313) 868-1347.

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