Festival of Tables to feature ‘glitz’

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 7, 2017

 Each table setting at the Festival of Tables will have a different theme.

Each table setting at the Festival of Tables will have a different theme.

Photo provided by the Festival of Tables-Grosse Pointe/Saint Clair Shores Facebook page

GROSSE POINTE WOODS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — This year’s annual Grosse Pointe Chapter of the Daughters of Penelope Festival of Tables promises plenty of glitz and again will benefit the St. John Providence Health System Breast Cancer Center Needy Patient Fund.

The 2017 event — titled “Putting on the Glitz” — will be held Nov. 11 and marks the 15th year the chapter members have presented the popular fundraiser. Funds donated to the program have benefited women who are not able to afford preventative and diagnostic programs.

This year’s crystal anniversary — with Elena Kerasiotis and Penny Khorraminia serving as co-chairs — will be held at the Assumption Cultural Center, located at 21800 Marter Road on the Grosse Pointe Woods and St. Clair Shores border.

“There’s so much excitement. It’s an honor to do it,” Kerasiotis said. “It brings us closer together.”

The Festival of Tables will feature approximately 33 themed tables of various colors decorated with centerpieces, dishes, crystal, glassware, silverware and more. This year’s topics include “Be Bold,” “Angels Among Us,” “Classic Affair,” “Armistice Day,” “Stars And Stripes,” “Old-Fashioned Christmas” and “The Royal Court.”

“They’re fabulous,”  Kerasiotis said. “You don’t know where to look first.”

The event is open to the community and features two table viewings. The first viewing is from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10 presale and $15 at the door. Visitors can walk around at their leisure and view each decorated table.

Also on-site will be 17 local vendors selling a variety of holiday boutique items. A coffee bar and light lunch will be available, and spinach pies, Greek cookies and baklava will be for sale. The event also will include a silent and tin can auction.

The second viewing, which costs $70 per person, will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will include dinner at the decorated tables along with a formal fashion show presented by Laura’s Fashion Boutique in Clinton Township. The models in the fashion show will be cancer survivors from the Detroit Young Survival Coalition.

This year’s sponsors include McKechnie Vehicle Components, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel, St. John Providence Foundation, Hour Detroit magazine, Southfield Radiology Foundation, National Coney Island and Ortho Physical Therapy.

The Daughters of Penelope began the Festival of Tables in 2002 to support women’s issues to positively impact the local community. Past President and current committee member Dori Daskas approached the St. John Providence Health System Breast Care Program to partner with the event in 2003.

“We’re thrilled to be able to sponsor the fundraiser again,” Daskas said.

The Daughters of Penelope, a women’s affiliate of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, promotes Hellenic culture, philanthropy, education, civic responsibility and family values. Currently, there are 75 active members of the Grosse Pointe Chapter of the Daughters of Penelope.

For Festival of Tables tickets or donations, call (313) 886-8798 or visit dopfestivaloftables.com.