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Cong. T'chiyah Hosts
Community Activist
Congregation T'chiyah in Oak Park will
hear Bill O'Brien, executive director/co-
founder of the Harriet Tubman Center
in Detroit, at Shabbat services on Friday,
Aug. 23.
O'Brien has a total of 31 years of com-
munity organizing. His Harriet Tubman
Center specializes in recruiting and train-
ing entry-level organizers and has a state-
wide network of grassroots organizations.
The synagogue will be partnering with
the Harriet Tubman Center in a social jus-
tice effort called Project Micah. The goal
of the project is to overcome the region's
history of racial and economic division
through action — in solidarity with all.
There will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m.
followed by O'Brien's talk at 6:45. The
Shabbat service starts at 7:45. For infor-
mation, call (248) 542-0900.
(Project Micah will kick off with a din-
ner honoring social justice leader Andy
Levin on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Shed 3 of
Eastern Market in Detroit.)

Sports Gala Dinner
To Benefit Charity
Compass Management, an athlete busi-
ness management firm, has set its
2013 Michigan All Star Gala for Friday,
Aug. 23, at the Townsend Hotel in
Birmingham.

The gala will bring together the area's
top businessmen and women and elite
professional athletes with unifying
cause: to make an impact on the youth of
Detroit.
The event is the brainchild of Compass
Management owners Jordan Dumars and
Daniel Sillman and will feature keynoter
Detroit Piston President of Basketball
Operations Joe Dumars.
Channel 4 sportscaster Bernie Smilovitz
will emcee the evening with a live auction
hosted by Les Gold from Hardcore Pawn.
Guests will also hear musical performanc-
es by Ben Sharkey and DJ Tom T.
The gala will raise money for Gleaners
Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan,
Children's Hospital Foundation of
Michigan and Detroit Police Athletic
League in order to enrich their children's
health programs. The goal is to positively
affect the mental and physical health and
wellbeing of thousands of children in the
Metropolitan area, bettering the lives of
future generations.
Doors open at 8 p.m., and the evening
will include a strolling dinner, open bar
and Detroit-inspired late-night food.
The event will also set the stage for next
year's Michigan All Star Hoops Festival, a
basketball game featuring some of the best
players of Detroit's past and present. To
purchase tickets or for more information,
visit www.allstarhoopsfestival.com .

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Singer Eydie Gorme
Dies At Age 84
(JTA) — Eydie Gorme, who won Grammy
Awards singing solo and with her husband,
Steve Lawrence, died in Las Vegas on Aug.
10 following a brief illness. She was 84.
Gorme, whose 1963
song "Blame It on the
Bossa Nova" was her
biggest hit and got her
a Grammy nomination,
performed in nightclubs,
and as both a solo artist
and with Lawrence since
the mid-1950s. They per-
formed in Las Vegas for
many years before she retired in 2009.
Gorme and Lawrence met in 1953 on a
local program hosted by Steve Allen and
later were regular cast members on NBC's
"Tonight Show," hosted by Allen, when it
began in 1954. They married in 1957.
The couple had their own TV variety
show, The Steve Lawrence and Eydie
Gorme Show, until Lawrence entered the
Army for two years and Gorme went on
the nightclub circuit.
"Eydie has been my partner onstage and
in life for more than 55 years," Lawrence
said. "I fell in love with her the moment
I saw her and even more the first time I
heard her sing. While my personal loss is
unimaginable, the world has lost one of
the greatest pop vocalists of all time."

Gorme was born Edith Garmezano to
Sephardic Jewish parents in New York
City. Her father was a tailor from Sicily,
and her mother was from Turkey.
She worked as a Spanish-language
interpreter and later recorded in Spanish.
Her song "Amor" became a hit throughout
Latin America.
Gorme and Lawrence had a son who
died in his 20s of a heart condition.

Junior Board Sought For
Ronald McDonald House
The Detroit Ronald McDonald House
(RMHD) is seeking volunteers, ages 18-29,
for its new junior board. The goal is to
cultivate young leaders who will eventually
serve on the full board and bring fresh and
creative strategies to the agency.
RMHD provides a home-away-from-
home and support services to parents with
hospitalized children. It is located next
to Children's Hospital of Michigan on the
Detroit Medical Center campus.
RMHD is currently accepting applica-
tions and will be interviewing candidates
in October. There will be a junior presi-
dent, vice president and secretary. The
president will sit in an advisory position
on the full board. Approved candidates
will attend four meetings per year.
To apply, contact Executive Director
Jennifer Litomisky at JLitomisky@
rmhc-Detroit.org or call (313) 745-5911.

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