White elephant supports veterans

Photo by Kelton Kaye Downriver for Veterans founder RoseAnn Rudisill (left) and Mary Combs attempted to show the event live on Facebook, but met with technical issues.

Photo by Kelton Kaye
Downriver for Veterans founder RoseAnn Rudisill (left) and Mary Combs attempted to show the event live on Facebook, but met with technical issues.

By ANGELA NIMS
Special to the Sunday Times

WYANDOTTE — The faces behind Downriver for Veterans stepped out in the light Jan. 16 at a meet-and-greet white elephant at the Brass Monkey.

Supporters of Downriver for Veterans were surprised by the Downriver Flash Mob who showed up in support.

“One of the members of the flash mob is 92 years old — and she still made it out to support us,” Downriver for Veterans founder RoseAnn Rudisill said. “I was just awed by the end of the night. It couldn’t have come together better.”

The white elephant was the collection of ugly Christmas gifts: participants were asked to rewrap their ugliest Christmas present and bring it along to regift it.

Though dessert wasn’t originally on the menu, A Serendipity Cakery of Wyandotte donated 40 cupcakes for the event, while City Clerk Lawrence Stec, came bearing two huge brownie trays.

“A lot of really good people contributing to make sure everything went smoothly,” Rudisill said. “What a wonderful night.”