The generosity of Beaumont Health System employees is overwhelming. Each of the three hospitals collaborated with charities to make sure children in need had presents for the holidays. At Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak the staff purchased presents for more than 280 children at the Judson Center, a Royal-Oak based nonprofit organization, serving abused and neglected children and adults with developmental disabilities. At Beaumont Hospital, Troy employees worked in the Adopt-A-Family program through Oakland County Services, serving families in Southeastern Michigan. At Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe bins were filled with toys, blankets, mittens and other winter needs for children and adults at LifeBuilders, a Detroit nonprofit that helps people struggling with unemployment, homelessness and addictions.
As Director of Community Affairs at Beaumont, I’m proud to belong to this caring, compassionate health system. Darlene Nikisic, shown in the photo, is part of the Community Affairs staff, and she coordinated the collection of gifts for the Judson Center.
Stressed this holiday? No time to wrap gifts? Motown Savvy has the solution. Lisa’s Gift Wrappers in Royal Oak will wrap your gifts for you. The store offers more than 175 styles of wrapping paper. Whether it’s a personal or corporate present, your professionally wrapped gift will dazzle. This season jewelry designer Denise Ilitch, of Denise Ilitch Designs, created some unique wrapping paper, including the heart paper (shown). Everything is connected to Motown — even the paper was printed in the “D” at Tepel Brothers Printing in Troy.
If you haven’t decided on a gift yet to wrap, check out the Somerset Holiday Collection Book.
AIDS Walk Detroit held their thank you party for all walkers, volunteers and fundraisers who participated in the 2012 event at the Farmers Market in Royal Oak. The walk raised more than $200,000 to promote HIV prevention, education and services for those living with HIV/AIDS. Leon and Lulu, an eclectic boutique in Clawson, hosted the event. These charity events are de rigueur for this fascinating emporium. Leon and Lulu is the ultimate shopping experience for men, women, children and adults. There is something for everyone. From the $1.99 bangles (shown) to the stylish fashions to the whimsical home decor, this store is not to be missed. Even the space is a visual odyssey — it’s a former roller rink now bedecked with chandeliers.
The Park Shelton lobby in Detroit sparkles thanks to entrepreneur Rachel Lutz. Last year she opened up The Peacock Room, a boutique filled with accessories, and new and vintage clothing. This year Rachel opened Emerald, with an entrance on Woodward. Emerald sells unique gifts displayed on antique tables, many with historical significance. The table (shown left) is from the downtown defunct department store, Crowley’s. Rachel explained that Emerald is a temporary venture for now. It will be opened for about six months to see if the business is successful. The photo on the right is from Peacock Alley’s costume jewelry collection. The price points start at about $20, but all the pieces are rich and stylish.
Don’t miss the Faberge exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. More than 200 objects are on display including the precious eggs, jewelry, boxes, figurines, parasol tops and picture frames. The audio portion is easy to follow, and the history is just as fascinating as the designs. All the objects are from the collection of Lillian Thomas Pratt of Fredricksburg, Va., who bequeathed the art to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. There’s even a Motown connection — she was the wife of John Lee Pratt, a General Motors executive. The educational programming of the exhibit is provided by the General Motors Foundation. If you can’t afford a Faberge (there’s only 42 eggs left in the world), you can always pick up a reproduction at the gift shop. Check out the gift shop reproduction below.