Rochester Hills Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) hosted their BINGOmania event on Wednesday, September 25, 2017 at the River Crest Banquet facility in Rochester Hills.  Over 100 attendees played numerous games of Bingo, bid on raffle items and enjoyed appetizers and a sundae bar.

In addition to straight Bingo, there were several unusual games including “H”, “X”, and even four corners.  Attendees were able to buy additional wooden Bingo cards to better their chances of winning a white elephant gift provided by people attending the event.  Attendees could also purchase sets of three paper Bingo cards to win fabulous community donated prizes at special games throughout the night.

There was a Chinese raffle with numerous donated items from merchants in the community.  There were wine baskets, jewelry, Dream Dinners gift certificates, S’more Maker with ingredients, two tickets to An American in Paris, OU Basketball tickets and swag, scarves, perfume, and even a chance to have lunch with Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett.

Being the week before Halloween, several guests chose to dress in costume.  We had 1950’s Pink Ladies, Witches, Rosie the Riveter, Super Heroes, Super Fans, Minnie Mouse, Queen of Hearts, Bingo Lady and even a leopard. Our number callers were hilarious and really kept the laughs coming.

Money raised from this event goes directly to our charities:  Sew Much Comfort, OUCares, Career Dress and Police Law Enforcement Association (PLEA).

A special thanks to Team Bingo and everyone who helped with this event.

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Our annual Lobster Boil Fundraiser on Saturday, September 30th at the OPC got our fundraising year off to a great start! We had a fun, lively day as we sold about 900 beautiful lobsters. The weather was ideal, 65 and sunny with a light breeze.

Our designated charities for the year as well as the Older Persons’ Commission are supported by this event’s profits. This year we are fundraising for Career Dress, OU Cares, Sew Much Comfort and Professional Law Enforcement Association Foundation, Inc. Representatives from PLEA gave their time and wrapped cooked lobsters right along with us! Thank you.


We had donated snacks and pop, Gatorade and water, sandwiches and cookies to energize our volunteers and scouts. Delicious coffee came from Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters. A playlist of lobster, fishing and beach songs added enjoyment to our event.


Our wonderful sponsors, Marc Disner of People’s Fish Market and Dan Dunsky of O’Brien’s Crabhouse delivered our fresh lobsters right to our site. People’s provided a large discount to us on our lobsters and O’Brien’s supplied us with colorful bibs, placemats, and packing bags. These men along with Richard Ketchel of People’s are very supportive of our cause and this fueled their generosity in helping us. Stop in and take advantage of their establishments.


Of course, the very generous help from more than 30 of our members before and during the Boil made this event possible.  We are so thankful to the eight husbands who conscientiously cooked lobsters in the big, boiling pots. For 6 of them, this was a first and we hope they continue to be lobster boilers. And a huge thanks to the Boy Scouts of Troop 60 and their leaders who set up and cleaned up; this event depends on their generous help, year after year. We most sincerely thank the community for supporting us once again as lobster-buying customers!

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The Rochester Junior Women’s Club Hosts its 19th Annual Lobster Boil Fundraiser

The Rochester Junior Women’s Club anticipates raising over $5,000.00 for local charities with one of the most-loved area fundraisers.


Rochester, MI, Friday, September 1, 2017—The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) is now accepting orders for its 19th Annual Lobster Boil Fundraiser.

This unique fundraising event is anticipated by many residents of the greater Rochester area. Participants place their orders in advance, and the women of the club will have succulent, fresh, live, one to one-and-a-half pound lobsters flown in fresh from Maine on the day of pick up at the OPC on September 30, 2017. Customers can choose to pick up their lobsters live or cooked.

Lobster Boil is a great time to entertain friends and family or enjoy a quiet dinner for two. Customers choose the pick-up time; and simply “drive-thru” to pick up orders, making this one of the most convenient and unique fundraising dinners. Rochester Junior Women’s club members will cook, wrap, and orders ready for pick up, using packaging designed to keep lobsters hot for up to two hours.

Rochester Junior Women's Club 19th Annual Lobster Boil

Left to Right:
Karen Greibel & Lisa Geiger (Lobster Boil 2016 Chairs) and Sharon Heussner & Donna Affeldt (Lobster Boil 2017 Chairs)

The Rochester Junior Women’s Club anticipates raising over $5,000.00 for local charities including Career Dress, OU Cares, Sew Much Comfort, the Professional Law Enforcement Association Foundation and the Older Person’s Commissions.

We have been working since June to prepare for this event. It’s always a lot of fun for the women in the club and for the people who buy the lobsters. We love hosting this fundraiser and hope to exceed our goal in support of local charities,” says Donna Affeldt, chair of this event, along with Sharon Heussner.

Lobsters are $21 each or customers can opt to order a “Baker’s Dozen,” receiving 13 lobsters for the price of 12. Orders can be placed online at and must be received by September 14, 2017.

About Rochester Junior Women’s Club

The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) is a 501c3 organization, founded in 1956. It is a group of lively, intelligent women whose mission statement calls them to promote education, strive to preserve natural resources, work to benefit the elderly and support the arts in our community. Since its inception, The Rochester Junior Women’s Club has donated more than 1 million hours of community service and raised over $920,000.00 to support local charitable organizations.

The Club President, Carol Anne Ketelsen is available for interviews about the Rochester Junior Women’s Club and the charities it supports.



Christina Strickland, Volunteer Publicity Coordinator


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Summer’s not even over but we’re working on organizing our events for the 2017-2018 club year. Before you head off for the weekend, be sure to mark your calendars! More information about each event will be coming soon!

Lobster Boil: September 30, 2017
Bingo Mania: October 25, 2017
Spring Luncheon: March 10, 2018
Haute to Trot: May 5, 2018


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Rochester, MI (October 10, 2016) — The Rochester Junior Woman’s Club is grateful to all of the community members who came out to support their 18th annual Lobster Boil Fundraiser on Saturday, September 24th. The event was a great success, selling more than 1200 lobsters!

The live New England lobsters were flown in fresh early Saturday morning and members of Rochester Junior Women’s Club cooked, wrapped and had the lobsters hot and ready for customers at the Older Persons’ Commission drive-thru site.

“Customers pre-ordered their lobsters and then they just drive up to the OPC at their chosen time and their lobsters are given to them! They don’t even have to get out of their car,” said Karen Geibel, co-chair of this year’s Lobster Boil. “And, if you happened to miss out on ordering your lobsters this year, make sure to mark your calendar for the last Saturday in September each year!” Geibel chaired the event with club member Lisa Geiger and co-chairs Sharon Heussner and Donna Affeldt.

The club members also received help from Boy Scout Troop #60 who came again this year to help set up and tear down the event site.

Proceeds from this years’ Lobster Boil went to benefit Neighborhood House, Dutton Farm, Paint a Miracle and Older Persons’ Commission (OPC).

The funds from the Lobster Boil will help to support specific projects for the recipients;

  • Neighborhood House will use the funds to aid their Capital Campaign Program for their new facility located at 1720 S. Livernois and provide the Rochester Junior Woman’s Club with the unique and historic opportunity of having a Counseling Room named upon behalf of the club.
  • Dutton Farm plans to use funds to expand their integrated employment program. They want to lay the groundwork so that businesses understand the benefits of hiring people who have developmental disabilities and to see people with disabilities embraced in the integrated workforce.
  • Paint a Miracle will use the grant funds to provide scholarships for low-income individuals to attend Paint a Miracle art classes. Paint a Miracle accepts all disabling conditions no matter how significant the challenge. They also accept participants regardless of their ability to pay.
  • And, the OPC funds will support their Meals on Wheels program for seniors unable to shop and/or prepare meals. Volunteers provide a wellness check in addition to delivering hot nutritious meals to homebound seniors seven days a week.

For more than 60 years the Rochester Junior Woman’s Club has contributed to the growth and vitality of the community through volunteer service and donation of funds to local charities and organizations. Since its inception, the Rochester Junior Woman’s Club has donated more than 1 million hours of community service and raised more than $910,000 to support the local community.

If you are interested in learning more information about the club, please Carol Anne at (248) 266-2913 or You can also visit their website at or follow them on Facebook.

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