The event was attended by about 700 Sparrow supporters including community leaders, physicians and dignitaries. Funds from this year’s Gala will support Sparrow Hospital’s Cancer Center and Phase I Clinical Trials. The evening’s theme was the “Party after the Party.” You know, the Frank Sinatra, Rat Pack era, where friends gather to get comfortable and you’re able to loosen your tie, let your hair down and enjoy a really great time. Every room at the club had something fun and different to offer. Let me walk you through this event. It started at the entrance, where I was greeted by volunteer community chairs. This wonderful group of volunteers spent the evening hosting the event and making everyone feel welcome. The University Club has always done an amazing job. We have attended other events at the club over the years, but this event was really WOW! From the ice bar topped with three ice martini glasses, each containing a different flavored martini, to the numerous food stations offering something for everyone, from carved beef and turkey, to salads and fruit, to the sushi and sea food bar and dessert room. Oh yes, I did say dessert room. Really, I don’t always hang out in the dessert section, but when given the opportunity that is where you are going to find me. There I stood, trying to take it all in, from the giant containers of candy (you know, the good stuff), chocolate-covered peanuts, malted milk balls (the big ones), to candy coated pretzel rods and every other candy you can imagine. As I turned around to take in the display of tiny cupcakes, homemade moon pies, cookies and brownies, what did I see? Several of my friends taking pictures of the goodies. Good for you ladies, I only wish I had remembered my camera, too. As I pried myself away from the food, I moved downstairs to listen to the saxophone player; nothing like some jazz to set the tone for a great evening. From there I headed into the silent-auction room. The Gala committee outdid themselves. The items were wonderful! There were trips to the islands, golf packages and the most unique item: a handmade pink guitar crafted and donated by one of the members of the band Intrigue, in honor of his wife, who is a breast cancer survivor. The Sparrow Gala would not be complete without casino-style gaming, all with “fun money.” The room was packed, but I found a spot at the Blackjack table with some friends and tried my luck. I don’t think I’m ready for Vegas, but I had fun playing a few hands. I’m sure my husband was glad that it was just fun money. I mentioned the band Intrigue. They were playing in the ballroom upstairs. I hadn’t had the opportunity to hear them play before. They are from Troy, Mich., and have a very impressive resume and a great sound. What evening would be a complete without a couple of dances with your husband as the night comes to a close? Congratulations to the Sparrow Foundation and their community chairs. The evening was fabulous! Cancer has touched all of our lives in one way or another, and this is a great way to give back and support Sparrow Hospital’s Cancer Center. I hope all of you will plan to attend next year and bring your friends.
Deborah Ginsburg is a community volunteer and is employed with Sparrow Health System.