Denim & Diamonds offers western-style fun, big payouts

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LACASA Center’s Denim & Diamonds fall fundraising event, set for Saturday, Sept. 30, offers a fun-filled evening of horseback performances, gambling, down-home barbecue cooking and live country-rock music.

This year’s event also offers guests the opportunity to win big in the Diamond Mine raffle with a grand prize $6000 diamond from Cooper & Binkley Jewelers, and in the Lady Luck raffle featuring a variety of luxurious prizes.

Denim & Diamonds is being held at the rustic and elegant Cross W Ranch on Pinckney Road in Howell. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. with a grand-finale fireworks display.

Emcees for the Western-style party are Tom Jordan, WWJ Newsradio 950 news anchor, and local celebrity chef Renee Chodowski, also known as the Great Foodini.

Jordan is a three-time Emmy award winning journalist who has covered some of the nation’s biggest stories as a TV anchor and reporter. Currently, in addition to co-anchoring morning drive newscasts on WWJ, Jordan can be found reporting on his weekday “Eye on Detroit” segment on CBS 62.

Chodowski has appeared on national food shows and competitions, including Master Chef with Gordon Ramsay. She hosts a weekly Foodini Friday show on WHMI’s Mike & Jon in the Morning program.

Guests at Denim & Diamonds, a jeans-preferred fundraiser, will enjoy a horseback archery show, scrumptious barbeque dinner, wine and beer, live music, line dancing, fun around the bonfire, gourmet s’mores bar, and a variety of smokin’ activities. Spirits and cigars will also be available for purchase at the event.

The Wild West gambling tent will feature black jack tables and games of chance for those who want to test Lady Luck for the opportunity to win prizes.

Kari Holmes and her band will perform country-rock originals and favorites. Last year, Holmes was a Top 10 Nominee for the InspirationalCounty Music (ICM) New Artist of the Year Award.

Block Brewing Company of Howell is providing the country barbecue spread along with a variety of craft and IPA brews. Block was named Best Brewery in 2016 and one of Livingston County’s top bars in 2017 in the “People’s Choice Awards” by the Livingston Daily Press & Argus.

Event tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at Cooper & Binkley Jewelers in Brighton and at Howell Western Wear in Howell. Tickets also are available online at, and at LACASA Center and LACASA Collection in Howell.

Diamond Mine tickets are also available in advance. Only 100 tickets for this raffle will be sold. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased from now through noon on Friday, Sept. 29, at Cooper & Binkley Jewelers, Howell Western Wear, LACASA Center and LACASA Collection.

Although mining for the real $6000 diamond at Denim & Diamonds is half the fun, ticket holders need not be present to win.

All proceeds from Denim & Diamonds and the Diamond Mine raffle stay local and benefit victims of child abuse and interpersonal violence from the community.

To learn more, visit or contact Deanna Norris, LACASA community engagement director, at (517) 548-1350 or

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