Lucky 13th Annual Mistletoe Marketplace Brings in $120,000

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan Raises more than $120,000 for Community Programs

The generous holiday spirit shared in a single day helps provide funds to continue critical philanthropic programs for the entire year. The Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan raised more than $120,000 at its 13th Annual Mistletoe Marketplace Fundraiser, held November 17, 2016, at the Palazzo Grande Banquet and Event Center in Shelby Township. It is fitting that the event is named for mistletoe, the symbol of love, as Assistance League volunteers demonstrate outstanding compassion and ongoing love for fellow citizens and neighbors in need.

Assistance League President, Marjorie DiLiddo and Live Auctioneer, Doug Dalton pose for the event.
Mistletoe Marketplace Chairman, Nancy Troyer and Mistletoe Committee Member, Kerri Vizena, lead a 26-member voluntary committee that works year-round to host this event.
Mistletoe Marketplace Honorary Chairperson, Lori Pinson, FOX 2 Meteorologist.


Nearly 800 guests enjoyed exhibitor displays, silent auctions, live auctions, a strolling fashion show, lunch and raffles—all to support programs that clothe, feed, educate and comfort infants, children, adults, families and seniors in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Guest Speaker, Tiffany Piggee’-Taylor, Owner of ME Beauty in Rochester is a sexual assault survivor and proud supporter of Assistance League.
Assistance League members Nancy DeVore and Janet Bailey monitor the silent auction table.
Kate Larkin and Assistance League member Joan Vogelei enjoy shopping for a cause.


Honorary Chairperson Lori Pinson of FOX 2 shared her heartfelt personal experience, helping students choose warm coats and clothing as part of Operation School Bell, one of Assistance League’s signature programs.

Guest speaker, Tiffany Piggee’-Taylor, owner of ME Beauty Studio in Rochester, shared her journey of recovery as a survivor of sexual assault. She recalled the importance of the Assault Survivor Kit she received in the hospital from Assistance League in 2003. A proud Assistance League supporter, Piggee’-Taylor has sponsored a panty drive the past two years, collecting more than 5,600 pairs of panties and $1,500 for Assault Survivor Kits.

Assistance League members Cindy Yearwood, Marilyn Davidson and Jan Csizmadia enjoy lunch at the Palazzo Grande.
Assistance League member, Laurie Alkidas, modeling a fur coat from the ReSale Connection shop.
Cash raffle winner, Assistance League member, Judy McWhirter and Assistance League president, Marjorie DiLiddo.


Assistance League President Marjorie DiLiddo said, “We are an all-volunteer organization whose members have the heart to serve others, with nothing in return but a child’s smile.”

About the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, founded in 1993 and serving Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, is a nonprofit, all-member volunteer organization whose mission is to clothe, feed, educate and comfort children and adults through community-based programs. With no paid staff, funds raised from the Assistance League ReSale Connection and contributors are returned back to local Michigan communities, helping those in need.  For more information, please visit ReSale Connection, 204 S Main Street, Rochester,  MI, (248) 656-014 or visit website


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