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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-02-07

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month, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at Gilda's Place,
"For anyone who has cancer," she says.

Making An Impact


Monday-Saturday 10-6
Thursday 10-9
Sunday 12-5

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Open aTENDER Charge Today

Raminick first heard of QFAD on the
Oprah Winfrey Show, (Winfrey's Angel
Network donated $10,000 in supplies
to the organization). So moved by what
she saw, Raminick started the first chap-
ter in this area last October, joining 29
others around the country
"I've done volunteer work before, but
never saw the kids I was helping," she
says. But now, she says she feels she can
make an impact and reach children on a
personal level.
Originally, Raminick's goal was to
make a difference in 100 girls' lives
this year.
But she's going to exceed that number
by March; she's already hosted more
than 40 girls.
"Part of me is so happy we can see so
many girls," Raminick says. "Yet it's also
so sad how many have cancer."
One of the main reasons for her suc-
cess, Raminick says, is the generosity
from the community. Even for the very
first event, pizza was donated, as was
makeup from Levin and Marlo Beauty
Supplies. Mary Kay reps came to the
party to do the makeovers on the girls.
Raminick has also gathered over 50
volunteers, such as Lois Pershin, 70, of
West Bloomfield and daughter Lisa
Zeldes, 46, of Farmington Hills.
"Lois is my fund-raising guru,"
Raminick says of her volunteer who
talked her Thanksgiving guests into
contributing $300.
Raminick also has done her research
and received several grants, while also
contacting various hospitals, including
William Beaumont and University of
Michigan where she plans to hold
future teas for their young patients.
When a child can't leave the hospital
or home, QFAD will travel to them,
while also preparing for gatherings at
places like Victorian Rose in Rochester,
a restaurant Raminick rented to give the
royal treatment to 25 teens from
Children's Hospital.
"I want the community to know
we're here if anyone needs us," she
says. "We'll do any cancer organiza-
tion or hospital that needs our servic-
es. I'm lucky we have our volunteer
base large enough so we can pull it
To donate to Queen for a Day or if
a child wants this service, call
Raminick at (248) 961-1697.

Jewish Fund
Awards Grants

The Jewish Fund approved $6 mil-
lionin grants for 23 mostly health
care related programs — with $2.3
million to be paid this year.
The majority of the grants will
benefit the Jewish community's frail
elderly, including $2.7 million for
in-home support services and $1.5
million for a day care program for
seniors with Alzheimer's or similar
Helping individuals with special
needs is another priority of the
Jewish Fund. Among the January
grants was a three-year, $300,000
commitment to the Jewish
Community Center's Kids All
Together program, contingent upon
the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit raising funds
for this and similar programs for
special needs individuals.
Jewish Fund grants also will bene-
fit programs outside of the Jewish
community, including a partnership
between Children's Hospital of
Michigan and the Barbara Ann
Karmanos Cancer Institute to serve
children with cancer and their fami-
lies; a dental program for uninsured
children in the Detroit Public
Schools; a health career development
program for students in the Oak
Park Public Schools; a certified
nurse practitioner at the Detroit
Institute for Children; and contin-
ued sponsorship of the Jewish
Community City Year team in part-
nership with the Federation, United
Jewish Foundation and Jewish
Community Council of
Metropolitan Detroit.
In addition, seven grants totaling
$619,030 were awarded to the
Detroit Medical Center to purchase
equipment for Sinai-Grace Hospital
and several of the DMC's ophthal-
mology and vision care centers that
are part of the Oakland Virtual
Medical Center.
The Jewish Fund was created in
1996 from proceeds of the sale of
Sinai Hospital to the Detroit
Medical Center and has since award-
ed $20 million in grants to expand
health and human services to resi-
dents of metropolitan Detroit.
Following is a complete listing of
the dollars allocated and purposes of

the latest awards.
• AMOD (Oak Park): $10,000 for
a 24-hour medical hotline and
health education programs.
• Children's Dental Health
Foundation (Farmington Hills):
$120,000 over three years to provide
dental services to uninsured children
in Detroit.
• Children's Hospital of Michigan
and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer
Institute (Detroit): $90,000 for the
Friends Like Me program, a collabo-
rative effort to expand support serv-
ices to families of children with can-
• City Connect Detroit (Detroit):
$75,000 over three years to increase
federal and national grant support
for the city of Detroit and the metro
Detroit nonprofit community.
• City Year (Detroit): $225,000
over three years to sponsor the
Jewish Community City Year team
in partnership with the Federation,
United Jewish Foundation and
Jewish Community Council.
• The Detroit Institute for
Children (Detroit): $45,000 to
employ a Certified Nurse
Practitioner to help reduce the
Institute's waiting list.
• DMC-Weisberg Cancer
Treatment Center (Farmington
Hills): $1,916 from the Benjamin R.
Gutow Memorial Fund.
• DMC-Sinai-Grace Hospital
(Detroit): $38,552.80 to purchase a
millennium anterior phaco machine
for the Sinai-Grace Department of
Opthalmology's Clear Vision Center.
• DMC-Sinai-Grace Hospital
(Detroit): $183,873.49 to purchase
a Coherent Carbon Dioxide Laser
and Candela Vascular-Pigmented
Lesion Laser.
• DMC-Sinai-Grace Hospital
(Detroit): $71,283.47 to purchase
two Haig Streit Slit lamps for the
Sinai-Grace Eye Clinic.
• DMC-Sinai-Grace Hospital
(Detroit): $263,614 to purchase a
Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope
and construct a pediatric rehabilita-
tion area at the Vision
Rehabilitation Institute at the
Lahser-11 Mile Campus.
• DMC-Sinai-Grace Hospital
(Detroit): $65,000 to purchase

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