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All Aboard for the G.P. Santa Claus Parade!

I want to devote this column to the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade. However, before I do that I would like to thank all the many golfers and supporters who turned out for our first annual Lochmoor Club-Pointe Magazine Charity Golf Outing on Columbus Day ... at Lochmoor, of course!

We were able to fill the course with 72 golfers, allowing a foursome to tee off on all 18 holes at the shotgun start. The weather was perfect ... and we all know who to thank for that! Moreover, we were treated to a fabulous golf course, a National Coney Island lunch, beverages on the course thanks to Bill Matouk at Woods Wholesale, a scrumptuous buffet and drinks afterward and a great tin-can raffle benefitting Special Kids Inc., our designated and deserving charity. Thank you Lochmoor, our sponsors and, especially, Stahls Automotive Foundation, our “flag” sponsor, and edmund T. AHEE Jewelers, which offered a Rolex for our hole-in-one contest (which no one won!). We are already looking forward to next year’s charity golf outing. Stay tuned!

Now, about the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Santa Parade. Please read the adjacent Letter to the Publisher from Betty Stevens, wife of Friends

Letter to the Publisher

Having lived in the Grosse Pointes and privileged to raise our family here, one way for us to give back to our community was to give our time.

Time can be a scarcity. It can seem that everyone is so busy, but the reality is that the best times are those being busy with family and friends creating memories to last a lifetime.

When your children are in the “Santa” phase of their lives, you are truly compensated to do a project that puts smiles on the faces of children.

For John and me, we have grandchildren in college and grandchildren in upper middle school. Yes, the years have truly made us “seniors.”

It is definitely time for new leaders and followers to take the responsibility to touch up the paint on the Carriage, put gas in the Wellness Train, polish the Sleigh and put a charged battery in Rudolph’s bright-red shining nose.

Rather than have a community disappointed of not having these toys in the Santa parade this message is an alert to the community to find those persons interested in keeping our legacy alive for the pleasure of all the parade viewers.

Let’s face the music, put on the thinking caps, and keep these toys in Grosse Pointe!

Wishing much success in all your endeavors.

Betty Stevens

cofounder and chairman John Stevens. The letter was meant to be used in a story on the Friends in the center spread of this magazine. However, the letter was so well expressed that I thought it warranted further treatment.

The point is that the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade, and John and Betty Stevens and their “friends,” have done the Grosse Pointes a huge favor by creating for us the remarkable Santa’s Sleigh that soars over Grosse Pointe at the end of the parade every year on the day after Thanksgiving. Not only that, the Friends have brought us the Grosse Pointe Express and the Toys for Tots caboose — the only known Toys for Tots vehicle in the 
country — and the White Christmas Carriage, the former Bresser Family sleigh.

However, John and Betty Stevens are getting older and are now Florida residents. They still maintain a home in the City, of course, but the Florida-resident status means they are out of Grosse Pointe for a minimum of six months and one day. The bottom line is the Friends need someone or some organization to step up and take over the Stevens’ leadership of the Friends and/or the sleigh, train and carriage. So if you or someone you know has the time and skills to take it on, let the Friends know. They can be found at and on Facebook.

Lastly, as always and particularly during this holiday season, be sure to patronize our many businesses and advertisers, without whom none of this would be possible.

Happy holidays and see you around the Pointe!

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