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Paul Simon raises money for Michigan senatorial campaign

of the Oakland Press

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Music legend Paul Simon was in the Detroit area on Sunday, Dec. 5, to play a low-key fundraiser for Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Performing solo, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer played four of his songs -- "The Boxer," "Mrs. Robinson," "The Sound of Silence" and "Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard" -- during the gathering at Compuware CEO Peter Karmanos Jr.'s home in Commerce Township. Simon became acquainted with Stabenow after she learned of his involvement in the Children's Health Fund (CHF) and its mobile medical clinics that bring health care to needy urban areas.

Simon and Stabenow will join CHF and Henry Ford Health System officials on Monday, Dec. 6, to announce the Children's Health Project of Detroit, which will bring CHF initiatives to the city.

During the event on Sunday, Stabenow joked with Simon that his appearance would make future fundraisers "boring" in comparison. After his performance Simon chatted and took pictures with guests, including outgoing Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

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