Photos from Oct 8 Gala

A rewarding evening was enjoyed by all at the 13th annual Sisters Home Visitors of Mary gala at beautiful St. John Armenian Church in Southfield, MI, on October 8, 2017.   A star cast of speakers and entertainers filled the agenda.   Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. a woman of lifelong accomplishment and service, was this year’s special honoree and keynote speaker.  WXYZ news anchor Carolyn Clifford highlighted proceedings from the head table.   A program of wonderful music, singing and dancing ended the evening.  All proceeds from the gala went to support Sister Home Visitors of Mary mission activities in Nigeria.

SHVM award recipients. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence center.

Dorothy Buckman, Carolyn Clifford Goss (at microphone), Thelma Wilson, Bea Cochran, Esme Carson

Honorary Chairpersons Mr. Leon Dixon, Director of Ministry of Black Catholics, AOD, and wife Patricia

Sr. Chioma, HVM, at gifts from around the world craft items table

Happy friends

Mrs. and Mr. Hugh Buchanan, Chairperson of HVM Advisory Board

St. Margaret of Scotland Parish annually has a table

Sr. Barbara Dakoske and famiy

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Mr. Gregory Goss, Carolyn Clifford Goss, Beatrice Cochran at head table

Sister Barbara Dakoske

Winner of 50/50 raffle with SHVM fund raising volunteer Samuel Onyene

Samuel Onyene, Charlotte Davison, Jean Merrill, Gail Bond, Linda Franklin

Charlotte Davison, Gail Bond, Jean Merrill, Linda Franklin, Janet Sapanaro

With much appreciation we thank the entertainers for sharing their beautiful gifts!  Gina Ellis is retired from Renaissance High School and on staff at Legacy Dance StudioDeblon Jackson was a flutist with the U.S. Air Force Band and certified teacher at renowned musical conservatories.   James Vincent is a graduate of Michigan State University in Music.   Dewayne Brown was the 1997 Detroit Fireworks super singer and continues to delight audiences today.  Crystall Winkler is the founder and director of Legacy Dance Studios in Southfield.  For more than 25 years Mrs. Winkler has led young and not so young dancers to new heights.  Brook Taylor, daughter of Carolyn Clifford Goss, continues to amaze with her multiple musical talents.  Brook is accomplished in not just ballet, but also tap, jazz and piano.  Bobby Green is a master social dance teacher.  He recently opened his studio, The Whirl of Entertainment, at Lahser and 12 Mile

Flutist Deblon Jackson. Background James Vincent.

Dewayne Brown

Dancers from Crystall Winkler’s Legacy Dance Studio

Dancers from Crystall Winkler’s Legacy Dance Studio

Brook Taylor

Bobby Green (left) leads dancer student learning the hustle

Star pupils


Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Close up of big smile!