Going Places

Taylor woman aims to aid survivors of blood cancer

Sarah Barbour, co-owner of Top Gun Shooting Sports in Taylor, is one of 10 Individuals participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Man & Woman of the Year contest to raise funds for children who are blood cancer survivors.

The candidates for the titles are conducting special events and seeking donations in honor of the society’s Boy & Girl of the Year: blood cancer survivors Bradley Simmons, 8, of Woodhaven and Catie Maurer, 9, of Lake Orion.

Every dollar counts as one vote, and the man and woman with the most votes at the end of 10 weeks will win the titles. In addition, the winners will have the opportunity to be named national titleholders, as similar competitions are under way in the society’s 68 chapters.

Barbour and her husband, Michael, will host their second annual “Targeting Lymphoma Shoot” on April 18 at the shooting range in memory of Sarah Barbour’s father, Paul A. Manikkowski, who died of the disease, as one of their fund-raising events.

“The reason I connect with LLS is because they devote the biggest portion of funds raised to research, patients and patients’ families,” Sarah Barbour said.

Registrations, tickets and additional information about the shoot are available by calling the range at (734) 282-8470. Only those older than 18 will be permitted to shoot at the all-day event, which will include food and a variety of activities.

The couple, who also are involved with the LLS annual Light the Night walk, held a walk event in 2009 that raised $13,000.

Among those competing against Sarah Barbour are Adrian Vido of Ford Motor Company; Ryan LaFontaine, LaFontaine Automotive Group; Ron Shriver, Martinrea; Al LaHood, LaHood Properties; and Jack Aronson, Garden Fresh Salsa.

Others are Richard Ross, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Andrea Allen, Quicken Loans; and Sherry Schaffert, LSG Financial Services. In addition, Denise Stein is a posthumous candidate.

Boy of the Year Bradley, who was diagnosed with Pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia on what would have been his first day of preschool, underwent 164 weeks of chemotherapy.

A second-grader at Hedke School, he will mark the second anniversary of his last chemo on March 27, the wedding anniversary of his parents, Lori and Greg.

Bradley loves to color, eat pizza and play flag football and soccer.

Sleeping Beauty stagings slated

The classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty will be staged as a Disney production beginning April 9 by the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center with a cast aged 5 though 19 representing 15 Downriver communities.

The play will open at 7:30 p.m. April 9 and continue with performances at the same time on April 10, 16 and 17 at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson. Matinees are planned for 2:30 p.m. April 11 and 17. On April 11, the Terpe Theatre will present shadow-interpreted signing for the deaf.

Tickets are $10, adults, and $8, seniors and students. For tickets and more information, call (734) 671-2202.

Sets, props and costumes for the production were created by volunteer parents and community members.

Save the date . . .

March 29 — Non-equity auditions for UDM Theatre Company casting list; 7 p.m. in Reno Hall Studio 164 of the McNichols Campus, 4001 W. McNichols, Detroit; for more information call Greg Grobis at (313) 993-3273 or e-mail grobisgj@udmercy.edu.

April 8, 9 — Performance by Tim Allen, comedian and actor; 8 p.m. at the Sound Board, in the MotorCity Casino; tickets, $42 and $45, are available at all Ticketmaster locations, www.Ticketmaster.com and (800) 745-3000.

April 10, 11 — Detroit Historical Society Guild’s annual flea Market; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson at the foot of Woodward; free admission; tours ($3), re-enactors, secured parking ($5); refreshments and baked good will be on sale; for more information or to purchase a table, call (586) 498-9298 or (586) 771-1353.

April 12 — Cooking with Style class, “Journey to India: Southern Regional Fare”; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton; cost, $120, includes dinner with complementary wines and table-setting ideas (guests can participate for dinner only for $75); for additional information or reservations, call Leslie Jacobs at (248) 646-4517 (e-mail ljredead@aol.com) or Colin Berens at (313) 253-4357 (e-mail colin.berens@ritzcarton.com).