During election season, it’s harder than usual to poke through the clutter with news. Especially if it’s not breaking.
For example, hockey fans, did you know that Detroit Red Wing Hall of Famer Ted Lindsey, will accept a Spirit of St. Nicholas Award from Michigan’s St. Nicholas Institute next week? That’s right. The new organization will honor Terrible Ted for his softer side at a banquet on Wednesday evening, October 3, in Livonia. Lindsey has been humble about the foundation he established in 2001, raising more than $1.5 million to combat Autism and several children’s neurological disorders. The hockey great has also actively raised funds for The Michigan Special Olympics, Canadian Special Olympics, Canadian Alzheimer’s Association and wheelchair hockey.
The same night, the St. Nicholas Institute will bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award on Irene and Wally Bronner, founders of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
If you’d like to attend the banquet and meet Lindsey and the Bronners, as well as a Santa Claus himself, you can learn more at: www.stnicholasinstitute.org.
No matter what you think about the recent political debates on the 47% of Americans who pay no income taxes, there are thousands in the Detroit area who are slipping through the social safety net. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is holding its annual Friends of the Poor Walk this weekend so you can help make a difference by walking a mile or two in their shoes. There’s still time to be a walker, sponsor or donor or all of the above. This Saturday, September 29, more than 18,000 walkers across the country will take to the streets to raise money to support the SVdP and its work with the needy in 1,000 locations across the U.S. In Detroit, the walk begins at Milliken State Park downtown at 10 a.m. You can register to pitch in at: www.svdpusa.net/pledgathon/public/index.php.
Here in Dearborn you can call Sacred Heart Church at 313.278.5555 or Divine Child Church 313.277.3110 and they’ll be happy to help you get your donation to the poor and the SVdP.
Finally, don’t forget the historic Redford Theatre is showing Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds” this Friday and Saturday. One of the stars of the film, Tippi Hedren will appear in person at the event. She’s the mother of actress Melanie Griffith’s who starred in “Working Girl.” Ms. Hedren will sign autographs an hour before each showing of the horror flick. The Redford is a wonderful venue and attendance helps support the Motor City Theatre Organ Society. The group of volunteers saved and operates the theater. For details, visit: www.redfordtheatre.com.
Now, wasn’t it good to forget about the elections for just a few minutes?