Downriver Light the Night fund-raiser is set for Oct. 8

Aaron Blanzy of Grosse Ile, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Honored Hero for 2009, cuts the ribbon kick-ing off last year’s Light the Night Walk in Wyandotte. This year’s walk will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the corner of Biddle and Elm in Wyandotte. Check-in will begin at 6 p.m.

By Evelyn Cairns
More than 500 Downriver and Dearborn residents and businesses are expected to demonstrate their support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by raising $70,700 at the organization’s annual Light the Night Walk Oct. 8 in Wyandotte.

The one-mile walk will kick off at 7 p.m. at Biddle and Elm. Check-in will start at 6 p.m. Participants of all ages and fitness levels will carry illuminated balloons: patients and survivors, white; supporters, red; and those who will be walking in memory of loved ones who succumbed to the disease, gold.

A program including food, music, a raffle and activities for children will be provided by Carey Ann’s Clown Caravan beginning at 6:45 p.m.

There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to raise $100 in donations for the walk in order to receive a T-shirt, balloon and food.

A special guest at the walk will be Karen Kraepel of Grosse Ile, who will serve as the event’s Honored Hero.

Kraepel was misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and discovered to instead have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She eventually had a bone-marrow transplant and “has been doing great for the last 21 months,” said Light the Night campaign man-ager Stephanie Holland.

A drive to recruit individuals who wish to join a bone-marrow registry will be conducted at the walk.

Local sponsors for Light the Night include AISIN World Corp., Texas Roadhouse and the Burlington Coat Factory, which has become LLS’s top fund-raising partner by encouraging shoppers to donate $1 for paper balloons at its checkout stations. Burlington has raised approximately $2 million for the LLS.

Proceeds from the walk will help fund the society’s research and patient-services programs.

For more information about Light the Night or the society, call Holland at (248) 581-3898 or e-mail

Henry Ford to greet fall
The Henry Ford will celebrate the fall season Oct. 2 and 3 with a farmers’ market, cooking demonstra-tions featuring Michigan produce and other foods, and product samplings throughout Greenfield Village.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2, a Farmers’ Market featuring Michigan growers and producers, among them the Greenfield Village Herb Society, will be held at the Village Pavilion, with the society selling items from vegetables to bread and honey.

On Oct. 3, Henry Ford Executive Chef Nick Seccia, will demonstrate gourmet dishes using Michigan products in the Village Pavilion.

Samples of products at the Village Store will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

Admission to the events is free with regular admission to the village. For more information, go to

Town Hall talks start in October
Subscriptions are available for the 2010-11 Downriver Town Hall Lecture Series, which opens Oct. 21 with a talk by Julie Powell, author of “Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously,” the book that be-came a hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Ad-ams.

Lectures begin at 11 a.m. at Crystal Gardens, Banquet & Conference Center, 16703 Fort St., Southgate. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Other speakers include Anne Thompson, chief financial correspondent for NBC-TV News; Klea Blackhurst, who will perform a tribute to Ethel Merman; and Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, author of “Thieves of Baghdad: One Marine’s Passion to Recover the World’s Greatest Stolen Treasures.”

The final speaker will be Gina Barreca, who has been called a feminist humor maven by Ms. Magazine.

The cost for all five lectures is $55 (patrons, $85). The luncheons cost $10.50 each. To order tickets, send a check and self-addressed, stamped envelope to Downriver Town Hall, P.O. Box 2131, Riverview, MI, 48193-1131. Names and addresses of all those attending should be included.

For more information, call (734) 783-9224.