Upcoming Events

On Wednesday, September 15, we invited representatives from over 30 community service organizations, programs and charities to join us for lunch. And we made it worth their time. We handed out over $20,000 in checks to these groups. Each group had the opportunity to provide us with an update on their activities, and to say thanks to our dedicated members. Click below to view the slide show:


Congressman Gary Peters kicked off our first Xemplar Club meeting for the 2010-11 school year. He is the United States Representative serving Michigan's 9th Congressional District in Oakland County, and sits on the Financial Services and Science and Technology committees. In his first term, Congressman Peters has supported legislation to promote growing sectors, small business tax cuts and small business lending to create jobs. He talked with us about new legislation to cut taxes for middle class families, ensure that large financial institutions repay every cent of the Wall Street bailout, and supports a discretionary spending freeze. Along with his 22 years as an investment advisor, Mr. Peters has also served as a Michigan State Senator, a Rochester Hills City Councilman, the Michigan Lottery Commissioner and as a professor at Central Michigan University.  He has a Bachelor’s degree from Alma College, an MBA from the University of Detroit-Mercy, a law degree from Wayne State University and a Masters degree in Philosophy with specialization in the ethics of development from Michigan State University. He and his wife Colleen reside in Bloomfield Township with their three children.


If you missed this year's SteakOut! at the Deichert's House, well, you missed a really fun event. Xemplar's and their spouses/significant others were treated to great food, adult smoothies, and massive quantities of high calorie desserts by Terry & Tom Deichert. The evening was well attended, but hardly sugar-free. Click below to look at the Steakout! 2010 Slideshow.

Maureen McCarthy & (Xemplar) daughter Lynn Lerner have recently culminated a 5-year adventure growing their hair for charity. They did this with two friends, FPS Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Franklin, and her daughter Sophia. Together, they  donated over 4 feet of hair to Children With Hairloss. It's a Michigan-based charity that provides free wigs to children with medically related hair loss. Their goal is to collect enough hair to make wigs for the 45 children currently on the waiting list. They joined forces with Salon Legato in downtown Farmington, and anyone who donates 8" or more of hair before July 3 receives 40% off their haircut. So far, over 20 other members of the community have done just that.

Part two of this project is to raise as much money as possible toward the manufacture of the wigs. Each hairpiece can cost from $600-1,600 to manufacture, depending on the complexity. To help in this effort, Salon Legato is hosting a Community Wrap-Up Party on July 8 from 6-8pm. The party will feature live entertainment, light snacks and refreshments, raffles and a silent auction. The suggested admission is a $5 donation to the charity, and all Xemplar Club members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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