Jazz show host to be emcee at center fund-raising gala

Sandy Kovach

By Evelyn Cairns
Nationally syndicated Smooth Jazz Network Morning Show host Sandy Kovach will be the master of ceremonies Oct. 10 when the Taylor-based Information Center celebrates 38 years of community service at a benefit “Gala Experience and Silent Auction.”

The event will begin at 7:15 p.m. with a VIP reception at Crystal Gardens in Southgate, followed by dinner, an awards program and dancing to the music of Detroit’s Sin Hielo Brazilian/Latin jazz trio.

AIGA Detroit will be recognized at the awards ceremony for creating a new logo and graphics for the Information Center.

Kovach, who appears on national television with the eScapes Network, is well known locally as the voice of Detroit Public Television.

“We are looking forward to having a lot of fun at this annual fund-raiser while supporting the efforts of our staff and volunteers to help those who need our help,” said Edward D’Angelo, president and CEO of the Information Center.

Among the approximately 50 prizes to be offered in the auction are a VIP wine tasting and tour of the Chateau Chantal winery in Traverse City, a puck autographed by Detroit Red Wing Pavel Datsyuk, a beauty party for eight at Neiman Marcus, photography, paintings, jewelry and restaurant certificates.

For additional information or gala tickets, $75, call the center at 734-282-7171. Crystal Gardens is at 16703 Fort St.

Halloween events set
Old-fashioned Halloween celebrations featuring a headless horseman, a witch and other scary sights, are planned for three weekends this month (Oct. 11 to 13; 18 to 20 and 25 to 27) at Greenfield Village.

Some 1,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns will light the path for celebrators as they visit 11 themed treat stations (treat bags will be provided). In addition, meals and snacks will be available at the Taste of History restaurant and the Guild Beer Hall.

The cost is $15 for adults and youths; children under 2 are free. Village admission is free with reservations, which are $55.50.

Special Halloween dinner packages, complete with music and harvest games, will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26. For more information or reservations, call 313-982-6001.

L&LS annual walk is slated
Volunteers are busily completing plans for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Downriver/Dearborn area Light the Night Walk scheduled for Oct. 19 at Bishop Park, 2701 Van Alstyne at Biddle, in Wyandotte.

A goal of $70,000 has been set for the 16th annual fundraiser, with proceeds earmarked to provide treatments and find cures for blood cancer diseases, according to co-chairwomen Karen Ranka and Carol Ann Owens.

The event will get under way at 5 p.m. with festivities, introductions and a Chinese auction for more than 50 items. A remembrance ceremony is planned for 6:15, and the walk will start at dusk.

Strollers, wagons wheelchairs and dogs are welcome, Ranka said. Refreshments including submarine sandwiches, cider and donuts, coffee and hot chocolate will be served to the participants, who will carry lighted paper lanterns in lieu of the helium-filled balloons of previous years, owing to the current shortage of helium.

White lanterns will be carried by blood-cancer survivors, red by supporters, and gold by those who have lost relatives or friends to blood cancers.

To register for the walk, or for more information, call Stephanie Holland at 248-581-3898 or 800-456-5413.

Coming up . . .
Oct. 12, 13 — Historic Fort Wayne Flea Market, sponsored by the Detroit Historical Society Guild and Historic Fort Wayne Coalition; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fort, 6325 W. Jefferson (at the foot of Livernois); no admission charge, tours are $3 per person; refreshments will be available; for more information, call Shirley Hartert at 313-882-6107.

Oct. 17 — First lecture of the season in the 2013 Downriver Town Hall Series, by actress Stefanie Powers; 11 a.m. following a celebrity luncheon (doors will open at 10 a.m.); at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St.; for additional information, call 734-783-9224.

Oct. 19 — Magic Mike “Trick-a-Nosis” magic show, fundraiser for the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center; 7:30 p.m. at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson; call 734-771-7945 or go to www.dypac.com for tickets: $15, preferred seating; $12, adults; and $10, children and senior citizens.