Lighthouse of Oakland County Kicks Off Holiday Season November 10th

First ever Decorating Duel-The Ultimate Flock-Off! Competition Highlights Event!

Online PR News – 18-October-2013 – Birmingham, MI – On Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 5:30-8:30pm, Lighthouse of Oakland County (LOC) will host its 3rd annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays party kicking off the agency’s holiday fundraising and programs providing a happier holiday for over 800 families and supportive programming throughout the year. The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham will serve stations of international cuisine, cocktails and the perfect venue to celebrate the season.

The nation’s first ever Decorating Duel – the Ultimate Flock-Off! begins with the “Big Reveal” of the battle’s secret ornamentation. The competition between top-tier designers David McKnight of Emerald City Designs and Jon Gerych of Gerych’s Flowers & Gifts will engage guests with its action-packed contest of creativity. Gerych and McKnight will each embellish a trim-less tree utilizing decorations that embrace the theme of Sustainability, a key focus of LOC’s mission. The pair will go head-to-head in the inaugural Duel for bragging rights and the title: The Ultimate Flocker! Partygoers will have a chance to vote for their favorite with the designer garnering the most votes earning the 2013 Decorating Duel Fan Favorite title.

Fox 2 Anchor Huel Perkins serves as moderator alongside Detroit News Columnist and Duel Color Commentator Neal Rubin. The Ultimate Flocker! will be determined by a panel of celebrity judges and immediately after announcing the winner, both trees will be auctioned off live to the highest bidder.

“This event provides essential funding for Lighthouse of Oakland County’s supportive programs - hundreds of families will also receive holiday gifts and meals,” states Priscilla Perkins, LOC Chief Development Officer. “We are looking forward to a fabulous event thanks to the support of our sponsors, board and committee members and of course, the community. It’s going to be a great night!”

Party patrons will be wowed by the silent auction’s selection of seasonal and holiday décor and gift items including a plethora of one-of-a-kind, designer created trees, wreaths and centerpieces. Local and national celebrities show their support for LOC’s work and have donated decorated ornaments especially for this year’s event.

Michigan-based artist Tola Lewis will share her musical stylings throughout the evening, enhancing the night’s entertainment with her unique sound.

Friend (general admission) tickets are $125 - Benefactor tickets are $225. Contact 248.336.8360 or visit to RSVP by November 1st.

The Townsend Hotel is located at 100 Townsend Street in Birmingham.
Valet parking is provided.

About Lighthouse of Oakland County
Lighthouse of Oakland County has been providing services to low-income families in the area since 1972. It is a family of agencies providing a full range of services designed to move people from crisis and instability to self-sufficiency. Lighthouse last year provided assistance to families and individuals in need on 62,000 separate occasions through three key subsidiaries: Lighthouse Community Development (LCD), which rejuvenates communities through affordable housing and educated homeowners; Lighthouse Emergency Services (LES), which provides emergency food, housing, medical, utility and other services to people who need immediate help; and Lighthouse PATH (PATH), which provides long-term housing and support to help women with children achieve self-sufficiency and a healthy family environment.

MEDIA ONLY: For more information, to obtain photos, coordinate an interview with the Duelers or LOC representative, contact C&B Scene at 248.336.8360 or