“Somewhere between the morel mushroom bisque and the glazed salmon, the big white tent began leaking.

At first, University of Michigan officials, who had invited 900 of their most generous donors to the elegant lunch Friday, quietly sopped up the mess. The weather wasn’t going to rain on the launch of U-M’s $2.5-billion fund-raising campaign.

Unfazed, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman and campaign cochair Richard Rogel kept handing out the Tiffany diamond-and-sapphire-studded block M pins to the most generous donors — the ones, including mall developer A. Alfred Taubman and “60 Minutes” anchor Mike Wallace, who had given at least $1 million. … “

> Freep: “A degree in wooing donors: As U-M kicks off a $2.5-billion campaign, special attention is paid to the most generous spenders”

Author: Rob