DYPAC benefit to feature live, plastic mannequins

By Evelyn Cairns
Live and life-size plastic mannequins will share the spotlight Saturday at a “First Impressions” luncheon and fashion show benefit for the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center.

The live models will parade fashions from Trisha Boutique on the runway at the Grecian Gardens, in Southgate, while their 24 plastic counterparts, decorated or dressed by Downriver artists, are on display awaiting results of a competition.

Awards of $300, first place; $200, second; and $150, third, will be presented on the bases of creativity and other criteria. Judges will be Trish Flavin, Marilyn Bommarito and Nancy Hopkins.

In addition, a People’s Choice Award will be determined by votes of the guests.

The event will get under way at 11 a.m. with a champagne bar and raffles for specialty baskets.

Lunch, at noon, will include potato-leek soup, Michigan cherry and chicken salad and chocolate mousse-filled dark chocolate teacups. Centerpieces, to be awarded as table prizes, will consist of pink roses provided by Flowers on the Avenue, and paper mannequins in black dresses.

Shelly Schutt is chairman of the fundraiser. Tickets, $35, are available at Trisha Boutique, Timber’s Salon and the offices of Jackson, Snider & Parker Family Dentistry, all in Trenton; online at www.dypac.com; or by calling 734-771-7945.

Black-tie gala is coming up
The black-tie gala kicking off the 2013 Business & Lifestyles Exposition Thursday at the Benjamin F. Yack Arena in Wyandotte promises to be the best ever, according to presenter The Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber.

Partying will begin at 6 p.m. and continue during a 9 p.m. afterglow at Belicoso’s Café.

The culinary specialties of more than 25 Downriver chefs will be featured, along with a cash bar and the opportunity to network with scores of business representatives at their vendor booths.

Among the participating restaurants are The Cakery, Sharkey’s, The Rhapsody, Ford Yacht Club, TV’s Deli & Diner, TV’s Grand Event, Fratello’s Restaurant & Banquet Center and the Matador.

Gala tickets are $65, chamber members, and $75, non-members. The cost for the afterglow is $15, members, and $20, non-members. Tickets are avail-able by calling 734-284-6000.

The expo will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with demonstrations every hour.

A Happy Hour workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 26 will offer appetizers, drinks and a speaker after the expo closes for the day. The cost is $10, chamber members, and $15, non-members.

Breakfast set with Thomas
In conjunction with a “Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013” at Greenfield Village, special early-morning Railroaders’ Breakfasts will be served from 8 to 9 a.m. April 27 and 28 and May 4, 5, 11 and 12 at the Taste of History Restaurant.

The menu will be buttermilk pancakes, fruit salad, sausage and beverages. The cost, including the train ride, ranges from $22.50 to $40 for children and $25.25 to $49.25 for adults.

For tickets or additional information, call the Henry Ford at 313-982-6001 or go to www.thehenryford.org.

Exhibit to open with cocktails
A preview of the exhibition “Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s” is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Henry Ford Museum.

Tickets, $40, including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music, are available by calling 313-982-6001 or going to www.thehenryford.org. The exhibit will open Saturday.

Fundraiser is planned
The Michigan Humane Society’s annual Bow Bow Brunch is set for 11:30 a.m. April 28 at the Dearborn Inn. The event will feature an auction of more than 100 items and the opportunity to mingle with adoptable animals. For tickets, $200, call 248-283-5634.