Big summer of fund-raising for Yatooma

The fifth annual Champions for the Kids event, to benefit Yatooma’s Foundation
for the Kids, was a two-day gala that included an elegant dinner and auction at
the Townsend Hotel followed by a golf tournament the next day at the Oakland
Hills Club. The double-header grossed nearly $370,000.

“The Yatoomas took tragedy and helped people turn themselves around and
lead incredible lives,” said Art Van Elslander who received the 2010 Champion
Award for his dedication, compassion and contributions to Yatooma’s
Foundation for the Kids.

“They say you make a living of what you get, but you make a life out of what you
give,” Van Elslander added.

Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids’ mission is to “bring tenderness to tragedy
and turn tragedy into triumph” — a mission that sadly came directly from
Norman Yatooma’s father, Manuel, after he was murdered while attempting to
interrupt a carjacking in 1993.

Attorney Norman Yatooma of Bloomfield Hills launched Yatooma’s Foundation
for the Kids on Father’s Day, 10 years after Manuel Yatooma’s death.

Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids provides the support services that Norman
Yatooma did not have at the time of his father’s death — grief counseling and
financial assistance for legal fees, tuition, rent, clothing and food, healthcare
insurance and job placement. More specifically, it’s the three “Ps”: practical,
professional and personal services.

The Bank of Birmingham invites Dream Cruisers to its First Annual Cruisin’
View For Charity. Enjoy watching the Dream Cruise from 4-8 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 21, from the bank’s air-conditioned lobby, overlooking Woodward Avenue.
All proceeds will benefit Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids. Appropriately, the
fund-raiser is a family-friendly event and parking is easy because there will be
a complimentary shuttle to and from the party available at Beverly Elementary
School, 18305 Beverly Road.

Tickets are $50 per person, $75 per couple and children 12 and under are free.
Make reservations by Aug. 20 to Barbara Riopelle at (248) 283-6432 or at A limited number of tickets will also be available
at the door.

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