Melvindale 6-year-old helps homeless children with birthday party fundraiser

Photo courtesy of Rick Sadlowski Zoey Das (right) with Rick Sadlowski (left) of the Brass Monkey Gastropub and Sophia's Banquet Center, 1519 Oak St., where the fundraiser was held Nov. 6, and her mother, Mandy Darnell.

Photo courtesy of Rick Sadlowski
Zoey Das (right) with Rick Sadlowski (left) of the Brass Monkey Gastropub and Sophia’s Banquet Center, 1519 Oak St., where the fundraiser was held Nov. 6, and her mother, Mandy Darnell.

 

Photo by Sue Suchyta Melvindale Mayor Stacy Bazman (left) congratulates Zoey Das, 6, who, with her family, hosted a fundraiser spaghetti dinner in lieu of a traditional birthday party when she turned 6, raising more than $2,000 to benefit homeless children. Zoey donated the proceeds to ChristNet, a homeless shelter in Taylor.

Photo by Sue Suchyta
Melvindale Mayor Stacy Bazman (left) congratulates Zoey Das, 6, who, with her family, hosted a fundraiser spaghetti dinner in lieu of a traditional birthday party when she turned 6, raising more than $2,000 to benefit homeless children. Zoey donated the proceeds to ChristNet, a homeless shelter in Taylor.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – Not many 6-year-old children have a mayor recognize their birthday with a proclamation, but Zoey Das, who raised money for homeless children in lieu of a traditional party, is unique.

Zoey, who turned 6 on Nov. 11, hosted a spaghetti dinner on Nov. 6 with the help of her family that raised more than $2,000, which the family donated to ChristNet, a Taylor homeless shelter.

Mayor Stacy Bazman said Jon Williams, Zoey’s late father, would take his daughter with him to feed the homeless, an experience that left a lasting impression on her, especially seeing children her age in need.

Bazman recognized Zoey at the Nov. 15 City Council meeting, and proclaimed Nov. 11 “Zoey Das Day,” presenting her with a proclamation, a gift certificate to Toys-R-Us donated by the Police Department and a candlelit cupcake. The council, city officials and attendees then sang “Happy Birthday” to her.

“You should be very proud of yourself,” Bazman told Zoey. “A lot of grown people don’t do that, so it was very nice that a young girl like yourself (did).”

For more information about ChristNet, call 734-671-1300 or go to christnetservices.org.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)