Love Affair, 19th Set

May 24, 2007

It wasn’t really ‘point, set, match’ at the elegant Park Royal Hotel in Rochester, Mich., and not a tennis dress was in sight, but it was a win for CF research as the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter’s Love Affair 19th Set – A Tennis Auction Ball fetched a record $170,000. While the fund-raiser no longer involves auctioning off tennis players as it used to, it still shares top sponsors General Motors and the Charlton Group—and Charlton was victorious in the tournament this year.

Love Affair, 19th Set
Longtime Event Chair Chris Charlton (left) is joined by friends Kristen Streng and Julie and Toby Buechner.
The extremely spirited live auction featured more than 90 items, including a very popular private breakfast with giraffes at the Detroit Zoo, and two weekend trips to San Diego (where no doubt, more giraffes can be sighted). A vase of roses, accompanied by the reading of the 65 Roses story, touched off a bidding war that ended with a winner at $1,000.

Other memorable moments of the April 21st evening included a spontaneous exhortation on the part of Heidtman Steel owner and gala sponsor John Bates, who stood to address the crowd during the live Bid for the Cure saying: “Surely everyone in this room can afford to bid $250!” The volley of bids following that remark resulted in contributions of more than $25,000.

Much of the credit for the evening’s success goes to Chair Chris Charlton, who has served for 19 years on the committee, and other longtime volunteers Diane and Randy Baker, Jeff and Deb Young, Rob Tiede, Ulli Jonen and Board President Scott Carmona. Volkswagon of America, Synova and TRW Automotive rounded out the Motor City corporate sponsors.