Rosie O’Donnell to speak at Heart Association event

Photo courtesy of the Hungarian Arts Club
Debutantes who made their bows to society Feb. 1 at the Hungarian Arts Club’s annual White Rose Ball (Feher Rozsa Bal) and their escorts pose for photo-graphs at the event, attended by nearly 300 people at the Dearborn Inn. The debutantes are: Abigail Kosch (front row left) of Dearborn, Alyssa Thanasiu of Tren-ton, Brigitta Szatmari of Grosse Ile, Katalin Schmidt of Rochester, Drew McDonald of Howell, Veronica Woods of Ann Arbor and Krisztina Kovacs of Hazel Park. The escorts are: Ali Mackie (back row left) of Dearborn, Jozsef Krajcz of Monroe, Ian Bejster of Gregory, Richard Szabo of Windsor, Jed Kogler of Rochester, Andrew Piszar of Northville and Austin Krause of Gregory.

Rosie O’Donnell, Emmy Award-winning star of television, stage and screen, will be the keynote speaker Feb. 14 for the 10th annual American Heart Association Go Red for Women luncheon at the MGM Grand.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with registration, a silent auction and educational exhibits, to be followed by a heart-healthy luncheon for which attendees are encouraged to wear red.

O’Donnell, who suffered a heart attack in 2012, is well known as the controversial moderator on “The View” from 2006 to 2007. She left the show after an on-air dispute with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and falling out with Barbara Walters, the show’s creator.

O’Donnell was scheduled to appear as a guest on the program on Feb. 7.

She also is the author of several books, including “Celebrity Detox,” “Crafty U: 100 Easy Projects the Whole Family Can enjoy All Year Long,” and “Kids are Punny: Jokes Sent to the ‘Rosie O’Donnell Show.’”

A veteran crafter and children’s advocate, she established the All Kids Foundation, which provides grants to child-related organizations, among her other charitable endeavors.

Tickets for the Go Red for Women event, $250, are available by going to

Annette Sciberras of Dearborn Heights, who is one of 11 women selected to represent Go Red for Women nationally, will take the spotlight at a free Girlfriends Go Red event from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Sean Lee, WWJ-AM 950 personality, and Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet, also will take part in the program.

The event, in the hospital’s South Tower, will start with a discussion by a panel of health experts, followed by an “Ask the Doc” session, and continue with fitness demonstrations, hustle lessons, health screenings, educational exhibits, refreshments and drawings for prizes. Free parking will be available at the South Parking Lot.

The 11 national representatives were selected from among hundreds of women who shared their stories about heart disease on the Heart Association website.

Sciberras, a cardiac nurse and the cardiac progressive care manager for the Beaumont Health System, knows about the challenges of heart disease first-hand. She underwent heart surgery for a congenital heart defect and was the caregiver for her parents, both of whom died of heart disease.

The deadline for reservations for the Girlfriends Go Red program is 5 p.m. Feb. 20. To register, go to For more information, call Kyle Kankonde at 517-349-3102. It is suggested that attendees wear red attire.

Bowlers sought for fund-raiser
Bowlers are being sought by the Friends of the Lincoln Park Farmers Market to raise funds for markets to be held starting in May.

The fundraiser is planned for 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Belmar Lanes, 4035 Fort St., and includes three games, shoes, pizza and pop. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for those under 18.

Markets are scheduled on Sundays through October, with a special holiday market in late November. For reservations or additional information, call 313-427-0443 or e-mail

Chili winners are announced
The weather may have been bitterly cold, but the chili was hot at the seventh annual chili cook-off Jan. 25 at Sharkey’s Riverfront Tavern on Grosse Ile.

Twelve chiliheads entered the contest, with first place and $50 going to Todd Taylor, second place and $30 to Gayle Long, and $20 and third place to Ron Takacs. The winners received plaques as well.

Winners were determined by the number of votes the contestants received from customers at $1 per vote.

More than $700 was raised for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Michigan at the event, which included a 50-50 raffle and drawings for prizes including auto detailing, a three-hour limousine trip and gift certificates.

Coming up . . .
Feb. 13 — Lecture in the Downriver Town Hall series; 11 a.m. at Crystal Gardens; the speaker will be Gentry Lee, chief engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena, Calif.; for additional information about the lecture and a luncheon to follow, call 734-783-9224.