Meade Lexus of Southfield is once again lending a hand (and some luxury wheels) to raise money for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

For the fifth year in a row, Meade Lexus of Southfield will be sponsoring the ADA’s Swing Away Fore a Cure Golf Classic on June 28th at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak. Proceeds from the event go toward diabetes research, advocacy, and programs.

The mission of the ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. According to its website, diabetes ranked seventh as a cause of death in the U.S. in 2006.  More than 23 million people have diabetes in the U.S. alone, with an additional 57 million having pre-diabetes--affecting approximately 8% of the population.

In the past five years, Meade Lexus of Southfield has helped the ADA raise more than $50,000.

“Every year, we see a great turnout of support from local golfers,” says Ken Meade, Owner of Meade Lexus of Southfield and Meade Lexus of Lakeside in Utica. “To know we can make a difference for a noteworthy organization such as the American Diabetes Association is incredibly rewarding and we’re honored to be a part of this.”

Something for golfers to look forward to is their chance to win the opportunity to enjoy a year of cruising around in luxury. Lexus will be offering a 12-month lease on its GX 460 as a hole-in-one prize at the event, in addition to inviting two players to participate in the 2010 Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship by auction. The National Championship will take place December 8th-12th at Pebble Beach Resorts in Pebble Beach, CA, where a $100,000 purse will be given to the winning participant’s charity. Golfers who fall short of sinking a hole-in-one or winning the auction item can instead get a complimentary Odyssey White Putter to practice their hole-in-ones for next year. Lexus will be giving away the putters upon completion of a test drive.

"Meade Lexus has been a huge contributor to the success of the ADA's Swing Away Fore A Cure Golf Classic, providing a unique experience to our guests and value that cannot be matched," says Nicki Regner, ADA's Manager of Special Events.

Diabetes is a disease that has no cure. Meade Lexus hopes others will join them in assisting the ADA in its pursuit of finding one.

For additional information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Kristina Reid at or (586) 803-6232.

Event at a Glance
Date: Monday, June 28th, 2010
Location: Red Run Golf Club, 2036 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48073
Time: 10am-7:30pm
Registration: You can purchase tickets online HERE 

President Obama will hold a White House gay pride reception on June 22.

Invitations for the event were mailed last week. They say: “The President requests the pleasure of your company at a reception in celebration of LGBT Pride Month to be held at The White House.”
The reception begins at 5PM.

Among those invited is openly gay Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.

“Who gets an invitation to the White House,” Pugh said in a video posted Tuesday on Facebook. “I'm just saying, that's pretty good.”

“It's an honor, really, to represent the people of the City of Detroit who were not bigots, who accepted my candidacy for the qualifications I brought to the table and did not in any way judge or reject me because of who I am,” he added.

Earlier Obama declared June gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride month.

The president used the opportunity to cheer on lawmakers as they considered repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that forbids gay troops from serving openly, and highlight some of the gay rights initiatives advanced by his administration.

Saying that “our Nation draws its strength from our diversity,” Obama called upon Americans to “observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exits.”

For the THIRD consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy took home the top prize at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, held June 4-7 in Rochester, Michigan.

The Advanced Mobile Robotics Laboratory (AMRL) at the University of Detroit Mercy is a facility dedicated to graduate and undergraduate research in intelligent mobile robotics and unmanned vehicles. Areas explored include: localization, navigation, vision/perception, motion control, advanced communication networks and wireless sensor networks. It is a goal of this laboratory to translate innovative research into practical real-world problem solutions.

Garden Court Condominiums will be hosting a “Wrap Party” to reveal the winner of their “I Love Detroit!” video contest.

The event will take place at the penthouse rooftop of Garden Court Condominiums in Detroit on Tuesday, June 29, from 6-9 p.m.

The event will feature all locally produced food and beverages and will be offered to attendees from a variety of Michigan-based entities, including:

Mae’s, a neighborhood café located in Pleasant Ridge, that will provide a positive Detroit salad, a build-it-your-self slider bar, a variety of hors d’oeuvres and dessert made from locally produced materials.

Atwater Block Brewery, a brewery located in the heart of Detroit’s Rivertown that will provide locally crafted beer.

B. Nektar Meadery, an award winning meadery located in Ferndale, that will provide a variety of flavors of wine produced from honey.

Valentine Handcrafted Vodka, one of Detroit’s supreme vodka distilleries that will provide locally distilled ultra vodka and mix custom cocktails.

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, a Bloomfield Hills-based artisan roaster focused on fair-trade organic coffees that will provide iced coffee.

OnGo Energy Shot, a Birmingham-based energy drink company that will provide energy drinks.

“From Motown to automotives, the people of Detroit have always made their presence known worldwide,” said Cohen. “That is why we are excited about hosting this event and honoring the participants of our ‘I Love Detroit!’ video contest with an enjoyable evening featuring food and drinks that are all locally produced. Garden Court is committed to supporting our local Metro Detroit community and its businesses and this event will help spread awareness about the wonderful things Detroit has to offer.”

A panel of notable Detroit-based personalities, including Jay Towers, weekend anchor on WJBK FOX 2 News Detroit, Shannon Murphy, personality on Channel 955’s morning show, “Mojo in the Morning,” well-known Detroit bloggers Erin Rose, founder of Positive Detroit, Becks Davis founder of Detroit Moxie and Carol Gist, the first African American Miss USA, who resides in Detroit, will choose the winning video.

The winner of the “I Love Detroit!” video contest will be announced at 7:30 p.m. during the event and will win a luxury condo rent-free for one year. Along with this prize, the winner will share their experiences with the world through a blog as they enjoy living in downtown Detroit in their new home, up close and personal with the city’s many dining and cultural establishments. Garden Court Condominiums is located at 2900 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.

Designed by famed architect Albert Kahn in 1915, Garden Court Condominiums is a mid-rise condominium complex located in the East RiverWalk District of Detroit with spectacular views of the City and the River. It features 65 superbly renovated residences that seamlessly blend the beauty of the historic architecture with today’s modern amenities. For more information, please visit: