Six young women will bow at annual White Rose Ball

Photo by Evelyn Cairns
Joan Brophy (left), the new president of the Downriver Council for the Arts, presents a plaque to the outgoing chief executive, Paula Boase, on behalf of the organization for her outstanding performance as president. Looking on is Wyandotte Councilman and former Mayor James DeSana, for whom the DCA headquarters building was renamed. The presentation took place at a recent meet-and-greet reception to which all DCA members were invited. DeSana spoke to the group about the DCA’s contributions to the community and the importance of the Wyandotte headquarters as a location for programs and events of all Downriver organization and residents.

By Evelyn Cairns
Six young women of Hungarian descent will make their debuts to society at the Hungarian Arts Club’s annual black-tie White Rose Feb. 2 at the Dearborn Inn.

Club members, guests and the honorees and their escorts will gather at 6:30 p.m. for a reception to be followed by a formal dinner at 7 p.m.

The debutantes are Brooke Thanasiu of Trenton, Sara Risch and Morgan Black of Allen Park, Sydney Nimeth of Carlton, Megan Sellars of Canton Township and Madison Tyler of Pinckney.

They will be introduced along with Natalia Slattery, winner of the club’s annual scholarship, and guest of honor Endre Csoman.

Afterward, the debutantes and their escorts will open the ball with a performance of the palotas, a Hungarian court dance.

Brooke, a student at Trenton High School, is the daughter of Michael and Eva Thanasiu. The debutante, who enjoys band, soccer and Spanish, will be escorted by Joseph Krajcz of Monroe.

Sara, whose parents are Paul and Donna Risch, will be escorted by Antonio Stamm of Lincoln Park. An Allen Park High School student, she is interested in volleyball, music, travelling and history.

The daughter of Zoltan and Cassandra Black, Morgan attends Allen Park High school and enjoys swimming, computers and arts and crafts. Her escort will be Marco Marchelletta of Dearborn.

Sydney, a student at Lincoln Park High School, is the daughter of Steven and Francesca Ban. The debutante’s escort will be Ian Bejster of Gregory. She likes symphonic and jazz-band music, and dance.

Escorting Megan, who likes to write fiction novels and read, will be Jacob Piszar of Northville. The daughter of John and Judith Sellars, she is a student at Salem High School.

Madison, a student at Pinckney Community High School, is interested in martial arts. Her parents are Mark and Julia Tyler. Justin Karamon of Pinckney will be her escort.

The scholarship winner, a Littleton, Mass., resident, works in a range of visual arts, mainly 2-D paintings and multimedia. She will display part of her silhouette series at the ball.

Csoman, who came to the United States from Ozd, Hungary, in 1956, is the national vice president of the William Penn Fraternal Association.

Tickets for the event, $65, are available by calling Jana Johnson at 734-459-5253 or e-mailing The reservations deadline is Wednesday.

Alliance sets soup dinner
The Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance has scheduled its first monthly Lincoln Park SOUP fund-raising dinner for 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Park Restaurant Hall, 1681 Fort St.

Admission, $5 at the door, will include chili, a salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. Proceeds will help fund Lincoln Park projects and organizations, as well as the alliance’s renovation projects, according to Leslie Lynch-Wilson, alliance spokeswoman.

She said that organizations interested in proposing a project should e-mail to be included on a program to follow the meal. Dinners will continue on the fourth Monday of the month and feature a different soup at each.

Resource fair is scheduled
Representative of agencies and organizations from a multitude of service sectors will gather Jan. 25 for “Mending the Safety Net,” an annual resource-sharing fair to be held at Wayne County Community College District Downriver, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor.

The event, scheduled for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., is open to family service workers, hospital and school social workers, nurses, caseworkers, health, education, and early-childhood personnel and others who help families in need.

Additional information is available by emailing