By CYNTHIA KMETT
If you’ve been to the Family Fun Fest at Boulan Park and the Troy Fire Department’s Open Houses on October 7, you might think that’s all the season has to offer, but you would be wrong.
Fall is the busy season for both fun family activities and important fundraisers for the community’s nonprofits.
The Troy Community Coalition’s 23rd Annual Celebrity Night Dinner is a significant fundraiser for one of the city’s most hardworking nonprofits. Not only will the dinner be delicious, but the silent auction tables with be laden with gifts that make for great early holiday shopping. The dinner will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the San Marino Club in Troy.
Dr. Murray Howe, son of Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe and author of “Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father,” will be the celebrity guest speaker at the 23rd annual Celebrity Night Dinner. Brad Galli of WXYZ Channel 7 will interview Dr. Howe about his national bestselling book. Dr. Howe will autograph and sell his book during the event. Proceeds will benefit the Troy Community Coalition. For additional information on tickets, at $125 per person, and sponsorship opportunities, call the Coalition office at 248-823-5088.
Dog Park members won’t want to miss the Tuesday, October 23 “Howl-O-Ween” event at Daisy Knight Dog Park from 6-7:30 p.m. Bring your pets, dressed in their Halloween finest. Enjoy trick-or-treating for pets and a costume contest. Capacity is limited to the first 50 small dogs and 50 large dogs. Only Dog Park members are invited to the event, which has a rain date of October 24. Register at rec.troymi.gov or call 248- 524-3484 by October 22. The fee is $3 per dog for residents and $5 for non-residents.
You’ll want to be there on Saturday, October 27 for the Second Annual Wall to Wall Art Fair at the Troy Community Center from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is a juried event, featuring artists in all mediums. The event and parking are free.
The 3rd Annual Frightful 5K & 1K Pumpkin Family Fun Run returns Sunday, October 28. Run through the heart of Troy, Big Beaver and Civic Center Campus. Costumes are welcome! New this year are age appropriate results, inflatables after the race, and an open swim for race participants only after the race. Now until October 21, registration fees are $25 for 5K and $10 for 1K. Day-of registration is $50 for 5K, $25 for 1K. The USTAF-certified race will run on Livernois, Big Beaver and the Civic Center Campus, and will end in the Community Center parking lot. Wear any spooky, scary, or funny costumes. To register, go to troymi.gov and at the top click of the site on the Frightful 5K link.
You are also invited to attend “Nature Uncorked,” the largest fundraiser of the year for the Troy Nature Society which operates the Stage Nature Center through an agreement with the City of Troy. It all happens Thursday, November 1 at the Troy Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Your support allows them to continue their mission to provide educational programs to people of all ages, sharing their passion the natural world around us while educating the public on the importance of nature and how it can improve everyday lives.
Nature Uncorked welcomes over 300 guests from Troy and the surrounding Metro Detroit area. Guests will enjoy samples of wine, craft beer, hard cider and craft cocktails. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment, and a silent auction with over 250 items. Emcee Joey Radio of Channel 95.5 Mojo in the Morning will entertain guests throughout the night. Guests who purchase a “VIP” ticket are invited to attend a pre-glow reception inside the ballroom starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a full-sized craft cocktail (compliments of Black Horn LLC), premium appetizers, and a first-look at the silent auction before the rest of the guests arrive. Tickets are $40 per person, or VIP tickets at $55 per person. For tickets, call 248-9703.
Last but not least, mark your calendars for the 50th Annual Troy Community Awards Banquet, which will be held on November 7 at the San Marino Club in Troy. Because this is the Golden Anniversary, Leadership Troy will celebrate with a “Giving Back to the Community” theme highlighting past and present volunteers and businesses who have enriched the Troy community through dedication and support.
The final banquet, unless a group steps up to continue the tradition, will showcase outstanding volunteers from community groups, honor the San Marino Club, a very community-minded business, with the Community Appreciation Award, and present the Distinguished Citizen of Troy award to Brenda Balas, whose depth and breadth of community service has made Troy a better place. Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person and can be ordered by calling 248-765-7807.