July 14, 21, 28 / Aug. 4, 11: Grosse Pointe War Memorial Summer Music Festival

The annual Grosse Pointe War Memorial Summer Music Festival resumes July 14 and will continue on Wednesday evenings through Aug. 11.

DeSERANNO Wealth Planning is a sponsor of the event, and representatives of the firm will be available at a tent during the festival to answer questions about DeSERANNO’S services.

Featured entertainment during the festival will include:

  • July 14, Devin Scillian & Arizona Son, country and folk
  • July 21, The Beat Club, a Beatles tribute band
  • July 28, The Sun Messengers, classic rock ’n’ roll
  • Aug. 4, Air Margaritaville, a tribute to Jimmy Buffett
  • Aug. 11, Darrin Hagel, a tribute to Elvis Presley.

The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, which will open at 6 p.m. Patrons traditionally bring picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs to the festival, known as one of the best lakeside music venues in Michigan. Burgers, brats, hot dogs, pop and water also can be purchased at the festival. In the event of rain, the shows will be moved indoors at the Fries Building, which features a 450-seat auditorium.

The admission fee is $8 per person. Admission is free for a child 10 and under accompanied by a paying adult; the fee is $4 for each additional child. To register for the festival, call 313-881-7511, fax a request to 313-884-6638, or register in person from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 32 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., 48236. For more information about the festival, visit
http://www.warmemorial.org.

Our Community

Founded in 1999 in Grosse Pointe, Mich., DeSERANNO Wealth Planning has deep roots in the community.

The founder of our firm, Don Joseph DeSeranno, was born and raised in Grosse Pointe and continues to live there with his wife and children. Several members of our DeSERANNO team also live in Grosse Pointe, as do many of our clients.

Don and other DeSERANNO team members play active roles in community organizations, and our firm regularly co-sponsors a variety of community events.

We’re proud of Grosse Pointe, its people and its history, and as a successful local business, we are committed to giving back to the community and doing our part to ensure a bright future for our firm’s hometown.

Grosse Pointe Events Calendar

Elena Graves

Operations Manager, Chief Compliance Officer

Elena Graves joined DeSERANNO Wealth Planning in 2003. As Operations Manager, she plays several roles, including general office administrator, daily database manager, liaison/coordinator for outsourced vendors, and payroll specialist. Elena’s responsibility as Chief Compliance Officer is ensuring compliance with all industry rules and regulations for DeSERANNO Wealth Planning. Elena also serves as the Executive Assistant to Don Joseph DeSeranno, President of the company.

Before joining DeSERANNO, Elena served as a human resources generalist at St. John Providence Health System, a leading provider of health care with seven hospitals and more than 125 medical facilities in southeast Michigan.

Elena earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She currently lives in Grosse Pointe Farms with her husband and family.

July 9: Kids on the Go kickoff event at Assumption Cultural Center, St. Clair Shores

Kids on the Go, a non-profit program that provides physical, occupational and speech therapy for special-needs children during the summer, will begin its 12th year July 9 with a kickoff event at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores, Mich.

The mission of Kids on the Go is to address special-needs children’s individualized education plan goals established at the end of the school year and to maintain their current skills during the summer.

Affiliated with St. John Community Health, the program serves the metropolitan Detroit area, providing therapy up to two times a week at no cost to the families of children in the program.

A program such as Kids on the Go is rarely a covered medical benefit and often is too costly ($90 for every 15 minutes of therapy) for private payment. The support of private donors, charitable organizations, and local businesses, including DeSERANNO Wealth Planning, makes Kids on the Go possible.

A light continental breakfast and refreshments will be served at the July 9 kickoff event, and local media has been invited. For the program’s sponsors, “this is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet the children you have sponsored and see the difference you are making in their lives this summer,” says Kristy Piana Schena, Executive Director/Founder of Kids on the Go.

To learn more about Kids on the Go,
click here.

July 2, 3, 4: Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club Regatta

The Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club is hosting its Annual Regatta over the July 4th weekend, with a wide array of fun-filled family activities on the schedule.

DeSERANNO Wealth Planning again is a sponsor of the event, which is expected to draw more than 2,000 people to Grosse Pointe Farms Pier Park.

The Regatta kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1, with the final sailing race of the club’s June series. Guests can watch the boats cross the starting line while enjoying some small snacks. After the race, the sailors and their crews will be recognized during a cookout in the picnic pavilion.

Children of all ages can participate in the Regatta’s Art in the Park Contest, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 2, at the community center building. Each child will be assigned a section of sidewalk to decorate with chalk, and judges later will select the best artistic creations.

A full day of activities begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 3, with a bicycle decorating contest for kids. Other activities will include a pie-eating contest, inflatable boat races, a rubber duckie race, a boat decorating contest, a sand castle contest, face painting, children’s games, a pie-baking contest and a table decorating contest. Live music and fireworks will follow in the evening.

The Regatta concludes with a pet parade that will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 4, at the tennis courts.
For more information about the Regatta, visit www.grossepointefarmsboatclub.com.

Client Resources

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provides a variety of services to address any questions and concerns that an investor might have. The SEC cannot tell you what investments to make but can tell you how to invest wisely and to avoid fraud.

Use the SEC’s Web site to look up the forms and schedules of big brokerage firms, and compare them to those of DeSERANNO Wealth Planning. We believe you will find a clear practical difference.

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Financial Planning Association®

The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the leadership and advocacy organization connecting those who provide, support and benefit from professional financial planning. FPA demonstrates and supports a professional commitment to education and a client-centered financial planning process.

Based in Denver, Colo., FPA has 100 chapters throughout the country, representing more than 28,500 members involved in all facets of providing financial planning services. Working in alliance with academic leaders, legislative and regulatory bodies, financial services firms and consumer interest organizations, FPA is the community that fosters the value of financial planning and advances the financial planning profession.

FPA tools and resources

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provides a variety of services to address any questions and concerns that an investor might have. The SEC cannot tell you what investments to make but can tell you how to invest wisely and to avoid fraud.

Use the SEC’s Web site to look up the forms and schedules of big brokerage firms, and compare them to those of DeSERANNO Wealth Planning. We believe you will find a clear practical difference.

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DeSERANNO celebrates 100th anniversary of Alger House

DeSERANNO Wealth Planning recently sponsored two major events celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Historic Alger House at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

The first event was the “Come Fly with Me!” Gala on April 17, 2010, and the second was Community Celebration Day on May 23, 2010.

During the gala, The Historic Alger House was decorated in 1910 fashion, and Alger artifacts on loan from the Detroit Historical Museum were displayed. Entertainment was provided by the Rhythm Society Orchestra and the Satin Dolls. All proceeds from the gala will help to support the preservation of The Historic Alger House, and will fund the newly created Patriots Scholarship Fund.

Families and other guests enjoyed a variety of activities at Community Celebration Day, which featured live music, food, tours of The Historic Alger House, games, exhibits of military vehicles and antique cars, a sea plane landing and a Coast Guard rescue demonstration.

The Historic Alger House is the former home of the Russell Alger family. Built in 1910 in the Italian Renaissance style, it originally was known as “The Moorings.”

Shortly after Russell Alger’s death in 1930, the Moorings became a branch of the Detroit Institute of Arts. In 1949, it was donated to the community to serve as a perpetual memorial to veterans and as a center for educational and charitable activities. The name became The Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association. The original home, now known as The Historic Alger House, is designated as a state and national historic site.

Supporters of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial are encouraged to purchase Arcadia Books’ new photo book on the Grosse Point War Memorial and The Historic Alger House. The book is available for $20 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

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