Society: Night of Champions raises money for sick kids

Chuck Bennett
Alexios Assimacopoulus, left, Ava Moschet and Aidan Haas greet patrons dressed the way the evening’s honorees would.

Immediate smiles came over the faces of each guest who entered the CATCH Night of Champions event at The Henry on Wednesday. Three adorably rambunctious students from Divine Child Elementary School — Ava Moschet, Aidan Haas and Alexios Assimacopoulus — greeted patrons dressed up as the evening’s honorees — Amy Andrews, Nate Forbes and Mitch Albom, respectively.

CATCH, founded in 1987 by the late Sparky Anderson, annually raises funds for items and services that improve the quality of life for sick, injured and needy pediatric patients who receive care at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital. This event, the 27th annual, brought out more than 400 guests, netting more than $195,000 to support the cause.

After a lively cocktail hour guests were ushered to the ballroom for dinner and program. After dinner featuring a duet of New York strip and Tuscan chicken, three students from Grosse Pointe Academy (Courtney Mecke, Abby Keane and Lorrie Savage) began the program, serving as emcees.

Fox 2 News anchor and honoree Amy Andrews delivers her acceptance speech.

Community leaders Andrews, a Fox 2 News anchor; Forbes, managing partner at the Forbes Co. and vice chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers; and Albom, author, columnist and WJR radio show host, were inducted into the CATCH Hall of Fame, each delivering powerful messages in their acceptance speeches. Additionally, Dr. Tisa Johnson, director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Henry Ford Health System, received the Dr. Clarence S. Livingood Humanitarian Award.

Honoree Nathan Forbes, left, and Jim Berline, CATCH board chair, enjoy the event at The Henry.

CATCH has provided $6.5 million to the two hospitals while growing its board-designated endowment to more than $9 million. Ford Motor Co. was the evening’s title sponsor. Its support of CATCH Night of Champions totals $1.71 million and dates back to 1991.

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