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RJWC raises funds for Meadow Brook Hall and Rochester Area Neighborhood House

Chairs of "An Evening at the Great Estate”, left to right, Kelly Kamman, Lynn Marie Oates, Deanna Gross and Sue Upton
Chairs of "An Evening at the Great Estate”, left to right, Kelly Kamman, Lynn Marie Oates, Deanna Gross and Sue Upton

On January 25, the Rochester Junior Woman’s Club held its annual fundraiser, “An Evening at the Great Estate” at Meadow Brook Hall. Over 300 guests attended this wonderful event, during which they had the opportunity to enjoy the delicious strolling dinner, tour the hall, enjoy entertainment by “Piano Wars!” a dueling piano company and dessert compliments of Gracie Moonpie & Company and Sweet Island Yogurt. Proceeds from the event will benefit Meadow Brook Hall and Rochester Area Neighborhood House.

Silent auction items, donated from local businesses, included a private bar tour from D:hive, Beauty Party at Saks Fifth Avenue, classes at McEntire Pilates, Behind the Scenes tour of the The Parade Company, tea at The Whitney, golf at Pohl Cat, brunch at Mac & Rays, tickets to The Henry Ford, tour of  Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, tour of Meadow Brook Hall, cruise on Detroit Princess Riverboat, dinner at Kruse & Muer on Main, dinner at Slow's Bar B Q , gift certificates to Bordines, passes to Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, tickets to Avon Players , just to name a few.

There was also a wine raffle where everyone was a guaranteed winner!  The raffle featured 100 bottles of many varietals and wines from all over the world valued up to $100 per bottle. Guest pulled a cork and won the bottle of wine that matched the number on the cork.

The funds from the event will help to support specific projects for the recipients; In an effort to move individuals and families toward self-sufficiency, Rochester Area Neighborhood House provides financial assistance in the areas of shelter, utilities and transportation, food and clothing assistance and other basic needs to those clients who cannot meet these obligations without other means.  Funding received through the Rochester Juniors Woman’s Club will allow Neighborhood House to assist local families in their efforts to move toward self-sufficiency.

Meadow Brook Hall will be using the funding for the Historical Interpretation of Danny Dodge’s Cabin and Workshop. In January 2013, Danny’s Cabin, the historic log cabin and workshop built for Danny Dodge, son of John and Matilda Dodge, was moved from its original site on the Meadow Brook farm property to a new site near Meadow Brook Hall’s Knole Cottage, the playhouse of Danny’s sister, Frances Dodge.  The objective of the project is to structurally restore the building back to its original design and purpose, to interpret its significance as an important historical asset on the Meadow Brook estate and to utilize the Cabin as a site to host educational and community programs including tours, youth programming and special events.

The club is also planning their annual “Spring Highlights” Luncheon and Shopping Boutique for March 29, 2014 at the Royal Park Hotel to raise additional funds to support these two worthy organizations.

For over 50 years the Rochester Junior Woman's Club has been proud to contribute to the growth and vitality of the community through volunteer service and donation of funds to local charities and organizations. Since their inception, the Rochester Junior Woman’s Club has donated more than one million hours of community service and raised more than $820,000 to support the local community.

If you are interested in learning more information about the club please contact Cyndi at (248) 941-7991 or catoupin@comcast.net. You can also visit their website at www.rjwc.org or follow them on Facebook at “Rochester Junior Woman’s Club.


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