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Past Events


Girlfriends Walk

Every year participating businesses along Main Street in Oxford open their doors for a ladies night out of shopping. Participating stores offered great deals to shoppers who donated new and gently used clothing, shoes, purses and accessories to the Lighthouse CareerDress program. Thanks again to all of the participating Oxford businesses and everyone who came out and donated to CareerDress. Thanks to YOU over 175 items were collected to help style women returning to work.

Lighthouse CareerDress offers low-income women in Oakland County the opportunity to dress appropriately from head to toe when interviewing for employment. On average CareerDress helps 40-50 women per month feel confident when they go on an interview and continue on a path to become successful and self-sufficient. A very unique feature of this program is that it is run solely by volunteers.

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Art of Giving

The event was held May 24th at Scavolini is Birmingham where guests painted during the event, with the completed painting offered in the auction at the end of the night. The event brought over 150 guests and raised over $15,000 for Lighthouse PATH, the transitional housing program for women and their children. Television personnel Rhonda Walker served as the event emcee.

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Salute America

The event, emceed by Paula Tutman, celebrated Lighthouse PATH families' successes and honored community leaders, Cynthia Pasky, President & CEO and Paul Huxley, Board Chairman both of Strategic Staffing Solutions, and Rich Homberg, General Manager of Detroit Public Television during a dinner and auction held at Oakland Hills Country Club on May 18th. Nearly $60,000 was raised tol help women and children in our transitional housing program. Lighthouse PATH has made a difference in the lives of the over 1,000 mothers and 2,500 children served since 1991.   

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30th Annual Hunger Walk

The beautiful grounds of OCC Highland Lakes Campus made the perfect setting for this year’s walk which drew over 400 people and raised over $25,000 for the Lighthouse Emergency Services food pantry. The May 5th family fun event included food, raffles and a band who led a series of line dances that got the crowd off their feet. The walk raises awareness of the hunger problem in Oakland County.

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Saks Fashion Show 

Saks Fifth Avenue Somerset hosted a Spring fashion show to benefit Lighthouse PATH on March 7, 2012. Over 100 guests enjoyed the runway of new spring and summer fashions. Lighthouse is grateful for all the committee members and volunteers who made the fashion show a great success.

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Beacon of Hope

The 21st annual Beacon of Hope was held on March 3, 2012 at Orchard Lake Country Club with over 100 guests in attendance. The evening included dinner, a silent auction and entertainment by The Blue Effect and magic and illusion by Baffling Bill. Fox 2 news anchors Huel Perkins and Roop Raj were the emcees of the event. Dedicated committee members and volunteers helped make the event a success. Lighthouse appreciates all their efforts.

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Open Your Heart

Open Your Heart to Lighthouse is a Valentine-themed event that takes place in February and raises funds for Lighthouse Clarkston. This year's hosts Bob and Wendy Schaffer graciously opened their home to over 100 guests for an evening of great food and entertainment that brought awareness of hunger and poverty in north Oakland County. This event would not be possible without dedicated volunteers and hosts who help make this event successful year after year.

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Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program

Hundreds of volunteers gathered to collect donations and help distribute food and gifts this past holiday season to struggling individuals and families throughout Oakland County. Lighthouse is proud of our 21 year tradition of the Holiday Adopt-a-Family program and grateful for all our volunteers who participated in this year’s program.  Would couln't have been able to serve 1,416 individuals and 498 families without without each and every one of them.  





Lighting the Way for the Holidays

Lighthouse premiered the Lighting the Way for the Holidays event to kick-off our Thanksgiving and Holiday programs with a magical, glowing display of festive holiday trees, wreaths, and other holiday symbols at Somerset on November 13, 2011. Over 500 guests enjoyed a strolling buffet, live entertainment and silent and live auctions. The event was a huge success and brought many people out for a great cause. 

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Thanksgiving Program

The Lighthouse Thanksgiving Program provides families the food necessary to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This year we provided food for 853 people. Many of these clients reached out for help for the very first time in their lives. Every year the Thanksgiving program draws hundreds of volunteers who help sort, pack and distribute food baskets to those in need. We couldn’t do it without our wonderful volunteers.

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Michigan Renaissance Festival

The Michigan Renaissance Festival is one of the most popular annual late summer traditions here in the area and last year Lighthouse was able to collect tens of thousands of pounds of non-perishable items from guests. These items filled 18 pallets and were provided to residents in need throughout Oakland County and southeastern Michigan. This is the single largest food drive for the Lighthouse pantry. The Renaissance Festival and Lighthouse began their partnernship of collecting food at the festival five years ago and we are gratelul for their support. The event is made possible by volunteers who participate during the festival's first three weekends.

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Dream Cruise 

Ross Mortgage of Bloomfield Hills hosted a party during the Dream Cruise with proceeds benefiting Lighthouse.  Food donations were collected and given to the Lighthouse pantry as well as a generous check to help support the needs of the clients we serve.

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