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LANSING, MICH.: Consumers Digest honored two automobiles from General Motors Corp.'s Oldsmobile division with its "best buy" designation for 1998. John Manos (c.), editor, Consumers Digest, presented awards to John Gatt, brand manager for the Aurora, and Candace Robbins, brand manager for the Olds 88, at Oldsmobile headquarters.

NEW YORK: Artist Robert Rauschenberg (c.) joined Andrea Illy, CEO (l.), and Francesco Illy, corporate image director, both of Illycaffe, at Le Cirque 2000 for a reception launching a fund-raising program for Mr. Rauschenberg's Change foundation, which provides emergency aid to artists in need. The artist designed a set of four espresso cups and saucers to be added to the coffee marketer's coffee service line.

NEW YORK: Dr. Scholl's Shoes was title sponsor of a benefit for the Children's Hope Foundation held at Sony Plaza. Celebrities such as Martha Stewart and Matt Lauer decorated shoes -- later auctioned off -- that were admired by (l. to r.): Lisa Josephson, executive director, Children's Hope Foundation; Laura Miller, VP, Cairns & Associates; and Lisa Hanley, marketing manager, Dr. Scholl's Shoes.

DETROIT: During the 1998 Detroit International Auto Show Charity Preview, executives from General Motors Corp.'s Oldsmobile division and promotion agency Frankel& Co., Chicago, gathered outside the Olds display booth to toast the introduction of the auto marketer's new Intrigue. All dressed up were (l. to r.): Rex Smith, VP, Frankel; Darwin Clark, general manager, Olds division; and Jim Mack, president, Frankel.

NEW YORK: True North Communications President Charles Peebler stopped by the Marriott Marquis to accept an award from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation honoring contributors to its eighth annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. The No. 1 company as far as fund raising for the walk: Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt, where Mr. Peebler was president until it was acquired by True North late last year.

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