Backstage Pass fundraiser to include auctions, dinner

Photo by Stacey Catalbo
Wyandotte City Councilman Daniel Galeski (fourth from left) cuts a ribbon celebrating the donation of new wood-grained laminate flooring for the Downriver Council for the Arts art gallery by Lumber Liquidators. Also participating in the ceremony are Joan Brophy (left), DCA president; Paula Boase, past president; Natalie Rankine, city of Wyandotte downtown devel-opment director; Dan Titus and Robert Jastrzebski Jr., Lumber Liquidators representatives; Tammy Trudelle, DCA executive director; and Southgate Mayor Joseph Kuspa, board member. The city of Wyandotte DPW installed the flooring. The ceremony took place Feb. 22 during the opening reception for the current “Hanging with a Friend” art exhibit. The gallery is in the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, the headquarters of the DCA.

By Evelyn Cairns
A highlight of the Southern Great Lakes Symphony fundraiser Backstage Pass IV Friday will be a live auction for four items, including a trip by airplane, a day-long excursion aboard a 33-foot sailboat and condo accommodations in New York and Charlevoix.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Crystal Gardens in Southgate and include musical performances, a buffet dinner, a silent auction for more than 40 items, a raffle for accommodations at three condos and a 50-50 drawing.

Dinner, to be served at 7 p.m., will feature Fettuccini Alfredo, Potatoes Dauphinois, roasted chicken and pork, cappuccino gelato and a coffee bar.

The destination of the plane trip will be the winner’s choice of Put-in-Bay or a Port Clinton winery.

Among the prizes in the raffle will be weeklong accommodations at condos in Costa Rica; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and Lake Charlevoix. Silent-auction items will include dinner and entertainment packages, framed art, jewelry and gift baskets.

Patrick Paddock is general chairman of Back-stage Pass IV. Assisting him are committee members Cliff St. Pierre and George Gullen, co-chairmen, auction; Joe Hoshaw, publicity; Debby Mitek, tickets; Kevin Smith, music; and Robert Malone and Mary Hunter, sponsors.

Tickets are $50 per person, with a cash bar. VIP tickets are $100. (The names of VIP ticket holders will be displayed at the entrance to the event.) For tickets or more information, go to or call Mitek at 671-8343.

‘Hate Mail’ to be staged
The comedy of errors “You’ve Got Hate Mail” will be staged by the Wyandotte Community Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the James R. De-Sana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut.

Appearing in leading roles will be Jeffrey Tate, Ricky C. Naida, Erika Fesler and Dinah Tutein.

Tickets, $12 ($11, seniors and students), are available by calling 734-775-9635. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

Coming up . . .
March 12-24 — Performances of the religious satire “The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical; at the Fisher Theatre; the musical is about two missionaries who are sent to Uganda, where a cruel landlord is threatening the population; tickets starting at $49 (including free parking) are available at all Ticketmaster outlets; at or; for more information, call 313-872-1000.

March 13 — Talk by Michael Farrell, professor of art history, on “Great American Collectors: The As-tors”; at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut; $15 per person ($10, DCA mem-bers; $5, students); to register, call 734-720-0671 or e-mail

March 14 — Talk by comedienne and former Miss North Carolina Jeanne Robertson; 11 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) at Crystal Gardens in Southgate; for information about tickets and a luncheon to follow, call 734-783-9224.