Member tribute to include passing of SWCRC gavel

Two individuals and two businesses will receive awards for their outstanding contributions to the Downriver community and the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber during the organization’s annual Member Tribute Jan. 14 at the Downriver Italian-American Hall in Wyandotte.

The event, slated for 5:30 to 7:30, will include the passing of the gavel of office by outgoing chairman of the chamber board Sam Sobh of TCI Energy to Jeff Jones of Apex Systems.

Jeanne’s Catering and the hall will host the gath-ering, to include hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Award recipients will include Noel and Debbie Jackson, Community Service; Tim Keyes, Image; and Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Corporate Citizen.

In addition, Greening Downriver awards will go to Wade Trim, Large Business; Riverside Kayak Con-nections, Small Business; and the city of Southgate, Community.

Tickets for the tribute, $15, are available by call-ing the chamber office, (734) 284-6000. The hall is at 646 Biddle Ave., north of Goddard Road.

Auto Show gala will aid children
Twelve children’s charities will receive medical services, support and clothing from proceeds of ticket sales for the North American International Auto Show preview gala, planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15 at Cobo Center.

The Auto Show opens to the public on Jan. 16 and continues through Jan. 24. For hours and addi-tional information, go to

Nationally known rock band The Romantics will perform an exclusive show at the preview. The band, which chose its name because it was organized on Valentine’s Day in 1977, established itself in the power rock movement with such hits as “Talkin’ in Your Sleep,” “Rock Up” and “One in a Million.”

Tickets for the gala, $250 per person (with $240 tax-deductible) are available by going to or calling (888) 838-7500.

The fund-raiser, which has raised more than $79 million for charity since 1979 (over $35 million in the last six years), is one of the largest annual fund-raisers of its kind, according to the NAIAS.

Among the charities benefiting from the gala will be Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Easter Seals-Michigan, the March of Dimes and the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund, which serves all of southeastern Michigan.

Diabetes subject of new display
Everything you ever needed or wanted to know about diabetes is explained in unique new 2,500-square-foot exhibit titled “Diabetes: A Deeper Look” at the Detroit Science Center.

The centerpiece of the display is a structure simulating a giant cell and pulsating with 40,000 LED lights to show how insulin helps get glucose into the body.

Inside the structure are hands-on exhibits and displays demonstrating the importance of diet and ex-ercise in the treatment of the disease, along with in-formation about how medications control blood sugar, and facts about diabetes research.

There is no charge for admission beyond the regular admission fee: $13.95, adults; and $11.95, seniors and children 12 and under. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. The admission charges in-clude other hands-on exhibits, Planetarium shows and one IMAX Theatre admission.

The Science Center is at 5020 John R.

Detroit’s history calendar subject
If you haven’t yet purchased a 2010 calendar . . . and even if you have. . . consider the Detroit Historical Society’s outstanding calendar, which features an event in the city’s history for each day of the year, plus nostalgic photos from the Walter P. Reuther Li-brary at Wayne State University.

The cost is $12.95, and the calendar is for sale locally at Another Look Books, 22263 Goddard, Tay-lor, online at or with a credit card at (313) 833-7935 (add $3 to the price for sales tax, postage and handling).