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Friends In Deed Newsletter
2016 Annual Dinner:
Volume 33, Issue 2
A Night of Fun and Fundraising
… for those in need.
Evening’s Awards
Inside This Issue:
Sally Carpinella
Blanket and
Pillow Drive
Register for the
2016 Golf
Whole Foods
Annual Meeting
Friends In Deed is an
interfaith organization that
responds to unmet needs
of low-income Washtenaw
County residents.
We partner with the
community to provide
critical financial assistance,
furniture, congregational
services and agency
“The charity that is a
trifle to us can be
precious to others.”
~ Homer
May 2016
Harbison Award for long-time significant
support of FID: Mike Weber
JoAnne Kooyers Award for the
Volunteer of the year: Gayle Stewart
Bob Burandt Service Award for an
organization making a difference at FID:
Ypsilanti Thrift Shop
The theme for the 2016 Annual Dinner was
Celebrating Cinema, which resulted in a lot of
creative ideas for decorations, photos, auction
items and entertainment. Once again the event
was held at the Atrium of Towsley Auditorium at
Washtenaw Community College. We picked the
perfect time to take advantage of the atrium’s
view this year. Just look at those apple blossoms!
We offered two items in the live auction : an
over-night sailboat excursion and a tour of
Metro Detroit Airport. We picked well, because
the bidding was fierce and entertaining. While
the items netted $1,300 for Friends In Deed, it
was the Fund the Mission donation event that had
the bid paddles flying, and Friends In Deed’s
The movie-related theme allowed for some great coffers filling. We collected over $12,000 to
pictures and a movie-related trivia game pitted keep utilities on for Washtenaw County families
table against table to determine the master(s) of over the summer.
movies. A huge Thank You goes to Russ Collins
and Brian Hunter of the Michigan Theater. They With over 120 items, the Silent Auction was also
not only donated 19 posters for us to auction off, a huge success. Not only were there gift cards
aplenty, there were several Mother’s Day
they also gave us the Great Gatsby Marquee
packages, a host of movie posters from the
that served as our picture back drop.
Michigan Theater, new experience opportunities,
and antique furniture. We even had a dumpster!
Master of Ceremonies
Scott Elwart stepped up this year to MC the
event. He not only took over as auctioneer, he
added a touching introduction that highlighted
just what the evening was all about: helping
families in Washtenaw County. He didn’t stop
there, he also provided quite a few laughs that
helped make the evening memorable. He’s a
So how did we do toward raising money for
Friends In Deed and its programs? We did
great! The evening netted more than $31,000,
which was a significant bump over prior years.
Thank you to Rev. Greg Briggs of Bethlehem United Church of Christ for offering the
Invocation and Rev. Budge Gere of First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor for the
Benediction. A special thank you also goes to The Enchanted Florist for the flowers for the
centerpieces, Michigan Theater for the posters, Michele Dixon for the cupcakes, Betty
Mosshart for the cookie bars, Jim Robertson for taking pictures, and Arbor Beverage
Company for the beer and wine. We’d also like to thank Bill Holmes and Rob Compton
for the experiences they donated to our live auction.
Friends In Deed May 2016 Newsletter
Page 2
We Lost a Very Good Friend: Sally Carpinella
devoted to Friends In Deed. Not only did
she volunteer for 15 years on the
furniture line, she often used her
personal Suburban to pick up donated
In fact, she served as a volunteer
Religious Educator for 40 years. In
recognition of her long years of
volunteer work, Sally was recognized as
a finalist for Citizen of the Year in 2006,
an award sponsored by The Ann Arbor
In addition to her time, Sally contributed News.
her keen eye for detail to the furniture
program. Many of the procedures she
The Early Years
Sally was a very, very good friend to
created to make the process more
Friends In Deed. In fact, she worked for efficient are still used by Lora (the
Sally was born and raised in Chicago.
the organization in one capacity or
furniture coordinator) today, including
She earned a degree in Zoology and
another for over two decades. Few
her Lazy-Susan filing system that allows Chemistry from the University of Illinois
people remember this fact, but she was the staff and volunteers to handle
in Champaign-Urbana in 1964 and later
Friends In Deed’s very first furniture
multiple clients at the same time.
ran the Agronomy Lab for Federal
coordinator. She served in the position
Chemical in Omaha, NE.
for two years from 1996 until 1998,
Unselfish Dedication
declining the pay that went along with it
In 1965, she married her husband, Ron,
the whole time.
Sally’s unselfish dedication wasn’t
a USAF officer. The couple eventually
confined to Friends In Deed; she was
moved to Dexter, MI., where they raised
When she decided to cut back on hours also active in scouting, the “Christmas in a family. Sally has two children:
to pursue other interests, she remained April” program, and religious education. daughter Felicia and son Ronald II.
Sally’s Devotion Lives On:
Pillow & Blanket Drive at St. Joe’s
Sally started the
Pillow & Blanket
drive at St. Joseph
Parish of Dexter
over 10 years ago. As a teacher in the parish’s
Religious Education Program, she saw the drive as a
way to give the children (preschool to 6th grade) a
physical, concrete way to give.
Education at the parish. The program helps reinforce
for children how their help enables those without to get
what they need.”
In 2016, the drive provided Friends In Deed with 30
blankets, 15 sheet sets, 61 pillows, 5 comforters,
1 mattress pad
and 3 crib sheets.
Even though Sally’s cancer forced her from
Quite a Haul!
participating in the drive over the last couple of years,
the families involved in the Religious Education Sessions Things may have
continued the tradition.
gotten a little out
of hand…
“There is not a lot kids can do to help physically, so it’s
nice that they can see the pile of pillows and blankets
Pillow Fight!
grow,” said Michelle Hochrein, the Director of Religious
Volume 33, Issue 2
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More Fun & Games: 2016 Golf Outing
Friends In Deed has been blessed with a lot of generous support over the years,
not the least of which has been from a group of dedicated golfers who plan and
participate in the Golf Outing each year.
Name: ____________________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________________
City: ______________________________________ State: _______________
Zip: _________________ Day time phone: __________________________
Email: ____________________________________________________________
Golf Outing Fees:
JULY 18, 2016
The Polo Fields — Washtenaw
Single Golfer(s) at $120
Foursome at $450
Foursome and Hole Sponsorship at $550
Hole Sponsorship only at $100
Luncheon only $30
I am unable to attend but my contribution is enclosed.
Enclosed is a check payable to Friends In Deed OR
Please charge my credit card:
Acct. # ___________________________________________________________
Exp. Date __________________
2955 Packard Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI. 48197
(734) 998-1555
8:00 a.m. Registration and
Team Photo
9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
2:00 p.m. Lunch, scores, winners
Security Code ____________________
Note: Address, Phone Number and Email are required to process credit-card payments
Signature ________________________________________________________
1. _______________________________ 2. _______________________________
3. _______________________________ 4. _______________________________
Return this form to:
Friends In Deed 1196 Ecorse Road Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Or register online at www.FriendsInDeedMI.org
Ken Fil brought his sons to golf in 2015.
U.S. Postage
1196 Ecorse Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Permit No. 365
Return service requested
Friends In Deed - Contact Information
1196 Ecorse Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Administration Line
(734) 485-7658
Help Line (734) 484-4357
Monday-Friday 9:30-12:00
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Furniture Line (734) 484-7607
Tuesday-Friday 9:30-12:00
Newsletter Contributors
Printing: Greater Michigan
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Mailings: Claudia Larson
Content: Laurie Sternberg
Laurie Sternberg &
Sarah Thornburg
Bring Your own bag to
Whole Foods Market until
the end of June, and Friends
In Deed will receive a 10
cent credit. Save a bag!
Friends In Deed’s Annual
Meeting is scheduled for
Tuesday, June 14 at 7 PM
at St. Luke Lutheran Church,
4205 Washtenaw, Ann