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Mike Riehls

SOC hosts two September fundraisers


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August 30, 2012
Services for Older Citizens holds two "Mad Men" themed fundraisers in September, featuring food, entertainment and a live and silent auction.

The Thursday, Sept. 13, event is a silent auction at the Detroit Yacht Club. Guests can bid on items ranging from restaurant gift certificates to jewelry and antiques. Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres are served. Local pianist and singer Rennie Kaufmann provides the musical entertainment.


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Hand-crocheted scarves, in a variety of colors, are just one of the items available during the Sept. 13 SOC auction. Shirley Kennedy, left, and Ginger Morketter created the scarves, sold for a $20 donation. Proceeds benefit SOC’s capital campaign.
The Swinging Sixties gala is Friday, Sept. 28, at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club where guests can view a selection of silent auction items, and have the opportunity to participate in a live auction. Items include a week's stay in a luxury condo in Umbria, Italy, or Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Dinner, various raffles and a live performance by the Rick Lieder band are part of the evening.

A Marco Bicego Jaipur overlapping bangle in 18 carat hand-engraved gold with mixed semi-precious colored stones, donated by edmund t. AHEE Jewelers, is to be raffled Sept. 13, and a diamond bracelet with 18 carat white and yellow gold, donated by LaLonde Jewelers, is raffled Sept. 28.

A "101" raffle is set for Sept. 28. One hundred and one tickets are sold for $100 each and the winner chooses an auction item. Raffle tickets are sold in advance and at the event. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

The annual auctions are SOC's largest fundraisers and the proceeds represent 25 percent of the revenue received for a year.

"The auctions are our only major fundraisers for the entire year and the funds we raise make all the difference for how we are able to serve our seniors for the upcoming year," said Sharon Maier, SOC executive director. Gioconda and Thayer McMillan are the events' honorary chairs.

Tickets for the Sept. 13 event cost $45 and tickets to the Sept. 28 event cost $115. Both events are open to the public.

Advance reservations are encouraged, but not required and a select number of tickets are available at the door.

To buy event tickets, raffle tickets, make a donation or for more information, contact Melissa Jenness at socdevelopment2@yahoo.com, or at (313) 882-9600.


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