Society: Event benefits Variety the Children’s Charity

Chuck Bennett

A sold-out crowd of 300 people attended “Hearts and Stars” benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on Saturday night.

Guests, who shelled out $250 for general admission and $500 for VIP tickets, enjoyed dancing, cocktails, and a dinner that included a duet of filet mignon and pan-seared halibut.

Paul W. Smith of WJR-AM was emcee and called to the stage three very special Variety children — Henry, Kinsley, and Annabelle — to share their successes with Variety’s program.

This is the 85th anniversary of the organization’s service to southeastern Michigan, and Bruce Rosen was honored for his enthusiastic support and dedication to the children of Variety.

Event co-chairs were Lois Shaevsky and Michael Coyne, and over $225,000 was raised to support Variety’s core programs serving children with special needs.

Meanwhile, the 12th Annual Red Tie Ball was held Saturday, too, at the Dearborn Inn. More than 300 guests attended the Great Gatsby-themed event that began with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a sit-down dinner of beef Wellington and grilled salmon duet.

There was a short program and keeping with the Gatsby theme, guests enjoyed a Speak-easy room with dancing. Tickets to the event were $275.

The silent auction raised more than $10,000, and the live auction and cash for kids raised over $72,000. Overall, the event grossed more than $327,000 to benefit the Center for Exceptional Families and the NICU at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn. The event chairman was Patrick A. Rugiero, executive director of Roman Village Restaurant Group.

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