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Family-focused Spring Tea to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

Most afternoon teas are formal affairs that attract women. This one is different. The 7th annual Spring Tea, a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, is child-friendly and welcomes both men and women to celebrate the House’s commitment to children and their families. The tea will be Saturday, April 23, noon to 2 p.m., at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University in Rochester.

Guests will learn about the mission of the House, which provides a “home away from home” with loving support for the parents, guardians and siblings of a child who is hospitalized, most often at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

“This is a unique opportunity to meet some of the staff and board members who have created a stable, welcoming House for children and their families who are dealing with a major and often life-threatening health issue,” said Executive Director Jennifer Litomisky. “We’re at the end stretch of realizing our three-year, $3 million capital campaign goal. We would love to see new and old friends at the tea, and attract new supporters.”

Family members will share their stories to highlight the importance of the House’s mission.
Event co-chairs are Teresa Saputo, of Oakland Township, and Deborah Virgiles, of Southfield, board members and longterm supporters of the House.
New this year is a floral and plant table supplied by Mandel Greenhouses Florist with items for sale to add spring zest to a house or garden, or to serve as a nice Mother’s Day gift.
The event will feature the music of saxophonist Yancyy, sketches by Darrell Swift, balloon creations, and goody bags chock-full of treats for kids. A raffle and silent auction will offer adult gifts, including a Frankenmuth getaway and a Tapper’s jewelry item, and toys for kids, including an American Girl doll, a toy robot and sports items.

Tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children 12 years and younger; order by phone: 313.745.5909 or online: