Award recipients honored by local Soroptimist Club

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Ruby Award winner Karen Colina-Wilson (center) of Grosse Ile is pictured with Soroptimist Club member Lynn Watkins (left); Holly Gerring of Southgate, recipient of the Virginia Wagner Award; Sue Renaud, Soroptimist president; and Kelsey McCracken of Livonia, Violet Richardson Award winner. The recipients were honorees March 3 at the annual awards banquet of Soroptimist International — Wyandotte, Southgate, Taylor in Wyandotte.

Members of Soroptimist International — Wyandotte, Southgate, Taylor gathered for the organization’s annual awards program March 3 at the Silver Shores Waterfront banquet center in Wyandotte.

Award recipients included Karen Colina-Wilson of Grosse Ile, who was honored with the club’s coveted Ruby Award —Making a Difference for Women, and Holly Gerring of Southgate, the Virginia Wagner Award.

Other award winners were Kelsey McCracken of Livonia, the Violet Richardson Award, and Jennifer Yocum of Muskegon, the Women’s Opportunity Award.

Wilson was recognized for providing grants and programs for children, youths and women and development opportunities for women and children in education, art, literature and music through the Karen Colina Wilson Foundation. Wilson is married to Patrick Smithbauer.

Gerring, who attends the University of Michigan, Dearborn Campus, received a grant of $1,000 to further her education.

McCracken, at student at Stevenson High School, was presented with a check for $500 for helping to build houses in Appalachia as a volunteer with members of her church, St. Matthew United Methodist, which received a check for $250 from the club.

As the female head of a household seeking to improve her opportunities for employment, Yocum won an educational grant of $2,000.

The club members are making plans for a euchre tournament to be held at 6 p.m. April 27 at Crystal Gardens. For tickets and more information, call (734) 925-1423.

Relay for Life benefit slated
Relay for life of Dearborn has scheduled its sixth annual spaghetti dinner for noon to 6 p.m. next Sun-day to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

The dinner, to be held at the O’Kelley Knights of Columbus Hall, 23663 Park, will include all-you-can-eat pasta with a choice of marinara, meat or Alfredo sauce, plus salad, rolls, pop and coffee. Participants will be invited to purchase dessert at a bake sale to be hosted by relay teams.

In addition, a silent auction, music and dancing are on the agenda. For more information, or to donate items for the bake sale or silent auction, call Debbie Malyn at (313) 683-2573 (

Tickets, $7 ($5 for children 4 though 10), are being sold by team members and will be available at the door. For more information about tickets, call 313-561-2377 or e-mail

The relay is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 1 though 2 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Additional information about the relay is available from Deena Gardner, American Cancer Society community representative, at (248) 663-3427 (, Denise Abdullah (, the event chair, or

Save the date . . .
March 27 — Detroit Historical Society “Behind the Scenes” tour featuring a look at the production of the science-fiction comic-book-style film “Sucker”; 10 a.m. at the Motion Picture Institute in Troy, with lunch at a local restaurant to follow; for reservations, $30, or more information, call (313) 833-1801.

April 16 — Exchange Club of Dearborn’s annual Monte Carlo Night party, black tie optional; 6 p.m. at Park Place, 23400 Park; appetizers, open bar, seafood/steak dinner, desserts, drawings for cash prizes totaling $10,000; tickets, $150 per person (only 200 will be sold); for tickets, more information or to become a sponsor, call Mark Karcher, (313) 277-4600 ( or Marty Heger, (313) 565-3100 (

April 18 — “Targeting Lymphoma Shoot,” a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; 5 to 9 p.m. at Top Gun Shooting Sports, 16725 Racho Road, Taylor; raffles, door prizes, dinner, euchre tournaments, silent auction and more; tickets, $50, shooting; $35, non-shooting; $15, children under 18; for more information, to make a donate or become a sponsor, call (734) 282-8470.