Honoring the Count

Some 20 specially selected Metro Detroiters enjoyed an Italian feast on Monday, when Jae Vitale Plawecki and Adam Drahushuk of Highland and Patrick Rugiero of Dearborn Heights hosted an intimate get-together honoring Conti Sebastiano Capponi. The informal gathering took place at Antonio's Cucina Italiana in Farmington Hills, one of the Rugiero family's four Italian eateries. "We're all supporters of the Kidney Foundation, and the Count has been so incredibly generous to us," Plawecki said, "so we wanted to honor and thank him for his generosity." The Count has donated auction items to the Kidney Foundation's annual gala, including a stay at his massive estate in Italy, Villa Calcinaia, valued at $12,000. This year's Kidney Ball is Dec. 5 at Motor City Casino Hotel.

by Chuck Bennett