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The Full Circle Foundation presented “An Evening Under the Stars” Thursday evening, celebrating its 10th anniversary. The organization supports activities that foster a sense of self-worth and independence in people with disabilities, providing them with opportunities to contribute and participate in their community.

The gala was held at the Roostertail for 310 guests. The evening began with cocktails, appetizers and a silent auction, followed by a very long program that was made fun of by Fox 2 News’ Ryan Ermanni, who was a witty and charming master of ceremonies. Speakers addressed the 10-year success of Full Circle Foundation, including guest speaker Suzanne Klein, who is the former superintendent of Grosse Pointe Public Schools.

Full Circle Foundation provides diverse training experience and independent living skills. Among its programs are a resale shop, edible garden, a laundry service, a shredding program and a summer activities program.

Several of the foundation’s clients were at the gala. Many of them performed, including solos from Jeff DiVirgil and Yarnell Waller. After the program, a duo entree dinner of airline chicken and grilled shrimp was served. Auctioneer Charles Wickins conducted a live auction, offering such exciting items as a two-week stay in Calahonda, Spain; a year of fresh flowers delivered to your home; and an elegant dinner for 20 at the Roostertail. Guests danced the rest of the night to the music of Unofficial: Full Speed Ahead.

Honorary chairs for the event were Jack and Suzanne Klein and Mark and Judy Weber were event co-chairs. Tickets were $175 per person.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of TheSocialMetro.com.

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