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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-02-20

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For The Children

JPM to host its own benefit art auction.

SHARON LUCKERMAN

StaffWriter

F

or the first fund-raising bene-
fit of its own, the Jimmy
Prentis Morris Building of
the Jewish Community
Center in Oak Park will offer an art auc-
tion presented by Part West Gallery of
Southfield. The dessert reception and
preview begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
21, at the JPM Building. The benefit
auction begins at 9 p.m.
"It's the first time in the five years I've
been here that the JCC Oak Park is
doing its own fund-raising benefit," said
Andy Roisman, adult and family educa-

tion program coordinator and in charge
of all special events in JPM building.
"The proceeds will go to programs at
JPM and are targeting new sports equip-
ment for kids. Our dream is getting a
climbing wall," she said.
"Our budget was cut so much that we
were working on a minimal program
budget and wanted to improve the qual-
ity of some programming."
The event is being chaired by Jodee
Raines of Huntington Woods and
Malke Torgow of Oak Park.
"The Oak Park JCC is a true jewel of
our community that. I don't think many
people are aware of," Raines said. "Even
though it's a small building, it offers a

lot of programs for a broad range
Mark Schlussel of Southfield displays one of his
of people. In fact, that's one of the
original acrylic paintings that will be part of a
things that I like best. about JPM.
silent auction.
It brings together a great cross sec-
tion of the Jewish community —
families, singles, seniors,
raffled off. Art prices begin around
Orthodox, Conservative, Reform,
$200.
Russian-speaking, evennon-Jews from
"It'll be a fun evening and a great way
the neighborhood. And it does this in a
to make some money" Roisman said.
warm, caring, down-to-earth environ-
'Also a great Saturday night social event
ment."
that can bring the whole community
From traditional to modern works of
together — from the Huntington
art, more than 300 original works by
Woods crowd to those in the Orthodox
Chagall, Dali, Goya, Lekniff, Tarkay and community"
animation artists from Disney and
Tickets for the evening are $15 per
Warner Brothers will be auctioned by
person or $25 per couple. For more
Park West. Several paintings also will be
information, call (248) 967-4030. El

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Circle of
Friends
recently
honored Judge
Edward Sosnick at
a benefit for the
Child Abuse and
Neglect Council
CARLA
for Oakland
SCHWARTZ County. More than
Spotlight
200 patrons attend-
ed the afternoon
luncheon at the Townsend Hotel in
Birmingham. Guest speaker was
Naomi Haines Griffith, author of

Red Clay Vinegar.
Judge Sosnick graciously received
the Garnet Award and shared some
personal stories. He described his
mother as a heartwarming woman
whose home was always open to
those in need. She grew up in the
Ukraine without her nuclear family
and even slept on a bakery floor at
times. Her father, who was in
America, brought her to this country

when she
was 17.
"She
instilled the love
of family and taking
care of children," said
Judge Sosnick, who volunteers his
time with troubled youth. "From
her," he said, I developed a tremen-
dous love of children."
Some of the patrons included:
Doris August, Diana Dietle, Diane
Farber, Francine Gold, Barbara
Goldberg, Hilary Isakow, Laura
Korotkin, Judee Lewis, Deena
Lockman, Julie Nelson-Klein, Fair
Radom, Wendy Roth, Sandy
Schwartz, Lois Shaevsky, Linda
Sircus, Judge Kimberly Small,
Phyllis Strome, Janice Tracht, Anne
Weiner and Julie Zussman.
"This started as the seed of an idea
that blossomed into a wonderful
event," said Elyse Essick Foltyn,
event chair.



Left: Loren Gold of West Bloomfield, Lori and Marc
Barron of Birmingham and Cheryl Matthews of
Sylvan Lake

Above: Oakland County judges Wendy
Potts, Edward Sosnick and Joan Young

Above: Denise Alexander
Pyle of Birmingham and
Julie Nelson Klein of
West Bloomfield

Right: Elyse. Essick Foltyn of
Birmingham, Beth Mondry of
Franklin and Diana Dietle of
Commerce Township

2/20
2004

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