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OAK PARK- Reservations are still available for the American Lung Association of Michigan's (ALAM) black tie fund raiser, The Butterfly Ball, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m. to midnight at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

The ball is part of the association's year-long, statewide Catch Your Breath: Women's Lung Health Campaign to raise awareness about women's lung health and funds for research into treatments and cures for devastating illnesses such as lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), TB and pneumonia.

Hundreds of thousands of Michigan women are living with life-threatening lung diseases. More than 442,000 suffer from asthma alone, and nearly 3,400 have been diagnosed with lung cancer. Meanwhile, lung cancer in never smokers is on the rise. Second-hand smoke has been established as a major cause. In addition to research, funds will be used to for lung health education and advocacy.

The event will pay tribute to the General Motors Corp. for its development of FlexFuel vehicles, to community leader and philanthropist Sue Nine of Bloomfield Hills and to TV and radio personality Charles Pugh of Detroit. GM, Ms. Nine and Mr. Pugh will be honored for helping to advance the mission of ALAM: promoting lung health and preventing lung disease.

The evening will feature live and silent auctions featuring experiences, such as trips and dinner packages, in addition to cosmetic sessions, memberships and gift cards. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. Music will be provided by the Rhythm Society Swing Orchestra.

Barbara L. Whittaker chairs The Butterfly Ball committee. Sponsors to date include the Observer and Eccentric Newspapers, Between The Lines newspaper, General Motors Corp., LaSalle Bank, Ambassador Magazine and the United Auto Workers.

The public is invited. Tickets are $250 per person. For tickets and information, contact Jessica Jimenez, development specialist at the American Lung Association of Michigan, (248) 784-2018 or jjimenez@alam.org.


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