Photo by Linda Francetich
Linda Francetich (center) of Dot Com Web Productions holds the Community Service Award she received at the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s annual Member Tribute Jan. 13 at the Italian American Hall in Wyandotte. Brian Woodward (left) of Wade Trim Associates, the new chairman of the chamber, accepted the gavel of office from out-going chairman Greg Genter of Harvest Partners Financial at the tribute.
By EVELYN CAIRNS
Tamas and Ursula Markovits, members of the Hungarian American Cultural Center of Taylor since its infancy, will be honored Saturday at the Hungarian Arts Club’s annual Feher Rozsa Bal (White Rose Ball) at the Dearborn Inn.
Highlights of the event will include the formal in-troduction to society of eight young debutantes of Hungarian background and the presentation of the club’s annual scholarship.
The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. to be followed by dinner, the introduction of the honorees and the performance of the palotas, a traditional Hungarian court dance, by the debutantes. Afterward, guests may dance to the music of the Harmonia Hungarian band.
The Markovitses are known for organizing fund-raising events for the Cultural Center, which Tamas serves as president, and Ursula as treasurer and ca-tering manager. Every August, the couple participates in the Hungarian Heritage Experience of the William Penn organization in Scenic View, Pa., at which Tamas teaches the Hungarian language and Ursula displays her culinary skills.
Among the debutantes making their bows will be Alyssa Thanasiu of Trenton, Abigail Kosch and Kaylin Shores of Dearborn, Drew McDonald of Howell and Krisztina Kovacs of Hazel Park. Others are Katalin Schmidt of Rochester Hills, Veronica Woods of Ann Arbor and Brigetta Szatmari of Budapest, Hungary.
Participating in the court dance will be last year’s debutantes Sara Risch and Morgan Black of Allen Park, Brooke Thanasiu of Trenton and Jessica Stan-dish of Taylor.
Escorts will include Mitchell Strum of Taylor and Jacob Beaudrie of Allen Park. Marisa Fulper, who is studying art at the University of Michigan, will receive the club’s scholarship.
Tickets, $65, are available by calling Jana John-son at 734-459-5253 or emailing [email protected]
Guests are required to wear formal attire.
Resource fair is scheduled
A resource fair for professionals who provide referrals for families in need is scheduled for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus in Taylor.
Titled “Mending the Safety Net,” the event is being presented by the Healthy Downriver Community Team, a community collaborate initiative.
The event is for family-service workers, hospital social workers, school social workers, nurses, case managers and other health, human-services, education and early-childhood professionals.
It will offer exhibit tables, networking opportunities and door prizes. Refreshments will be provided by DTE Energy.
Registrations and additional information are available from Carol Meyers at [email protected] The college is at 21000 Northline Road.
Awards given during tribute
Linda Francetich, president of marketing and Operations for Dot Com Web Productions, was presented with the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s Community Service Award Jan. 13 at the chamber’s annual Member Tribute at the Italian American Hall in Wyandotte.
A member of the Trenton Rotary Club, she was recognized for organizing and marketing the club’s annual Roar on the River and for providing internships for students at her two businesses, Dot Com Web Productions and Downriver Rental.
The new chamber chairman, Brian Woodwork of Wade Trim Associates, accepted the gavel of office from Greg Genter of Harvest Partners Financial.
Other award recipients were Telegraph Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Corporate Citizen; The Guidance Center, Image; Tom Lawrence of Lawrence Technology Services, Small Business Person; and Mark Temper of Downriver Federal Credit Union, Ambassador of the Year.
Coming up . . .
Feb. 1 — “Saturday Night Alive,” fundraiser for the Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; food tasting at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. and dessert at 9 p.m.; the concert will feature the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Vanguard Voices, Dearborn Community Chorus, Motor City Brass Band, Dearborn Public Schools Honors Band and Players Guild of Dearborn; for tickets in advance, $25, call 313-943-2354; tickets at the door will cost $30.