Information Center’s 17th annual gala raises $50,000

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Jill Harrison of Southgate (left) receives congratulations as the recipient of the Community Partner Award at the Information Center Gala & Silent Auction Oct. 13 at Crystal Gardens, in Southgate. Pictured with Harrison are gala master of ceremonies Jay Towers (left), WJBK-TV anchor and WNIC-FM radio host; Edward D’Angelo, Information Center executive director; and Lisa Rutledge of Taylor, chairman of the center board. The gala raised $50,000 for the organization, a family resource agency.

By Evelyn Cairns
A crucial Tiger baseball game (which the team won), didn’t keep supporters of The Information Center, the Family Resource Place, away from attending the center’s 17th Annual Gala & Silent Auction Oct. 13 at Crystal Gardens, in Southgate.

The news that the benefit raised $50,000 and that the Tigers were still in the race for the pennant was announced by gala master of ceremonies Jay Towers, WJBK-TV Channel 2 News anchor and feature reporter, who also hosts a morning show on WNIC-FM.

During a ceremony conducted by Edward D’Angelo, executive director of the Information Center, the organiza-tion’s Community Partner Award was presented to the American House Foundation for its “remembrance of and dedication to the area’s senior citizens.”

The award was accepted by Jill Harrison, executive director of American House Riverview, on behalf of the foundation.

Entertainment throughout the evening was provided by guitarist Steve Jarosz of the Detroit-based Groupo Escobar, who performed modern classical and jazz selec-tions by American and Latin composers.

In addition to the auction, a raffle was held for an iPod and a basket of wines from the Traverse City area.

The mission of the Information Center is to provide assistance, information and access to public resources and community services.

Family show set at WCCC
Michel Lauziere, known as the “Master of the Unusual,” will present a program of Halloween fun for the family at 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Heinz C. Prechter Educa-tional and Performing Arts Center of Wayne County Community College Downriver.

Lauziere, a comedian, acrobat, inventor and musician, will appear in a unique horn suit and play popular music with water guns, and dishes as part of his performance.

He has appeared on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, the “Dave Letterman Show” and at venues throughout the world.

Pre-performance activities for children will begin at 3:30 p.m. with window painting, the coloring of a Halloween scene and trick-or-treating. Children are encouraged to attend in costumes for an on-stage parade.

All tickets are $15. They are available at the box office of WCCCD, located at 21000 Northline Road, Taylor, be-tween 1 and 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thurs-days. For more information, call 734-374-3200.

Walk slated by Alliance
Haunting stories about the early days of Lincoln Park will be related on Oct. 29 during the Fourth Annual Ghost Walk of the Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance.

The walk will start at 6:30 p.m. at the parking lot of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield, and continue along Fort Park Boulevard to Garfield, an area that dates to the 1850s, when 120 acres were purchased by the Cleophus Goodell Family from the Native Americans.

Hot cider and treats will be available. Walk tickets are $5, adults, and $1, children.

Center plans fifth Follies
Auditions for the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center production of the holiday revue “Frost Follies Five” will be conducted from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Tren-ton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson, Trenton.

Director Mary Zaleski said that prospective cast members (5 through 19 years old) should be prepared to sing a song karaoke style or a cappella and wear cloth-ing and shoes suitable for dancing.

There is no charge to audition, but an $80 fee ($40 for siblings) is required for participation in the perform-ance. The cost includes membership in DYPAC and a sweatshirt.

The performance will take place Dec. 9 through 11. For additional information, call 734-362-8153 or go to

Save the date . . .
Nov. 3, 4, 5, 6 — Fall Festival of the Arts, Fine Arts Exhibit and Sale, and Christmas Craft Boutique; at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson, Trenton; opening reception and awards presentation at 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3.