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Published: Thursday, 5/26/2005

Toledo friends get together for birthdays and for good times

A group who call themselves the "Old Pals from the Old West End" gathered May 17 at Cafe Marie on Secor Road. Most of the cronies went to grade school together many moons ago, and have kept in contact all these years. Some left Toledo, but eventually came back home.

David Ryan recalls that Blain Willey, who is two years older, gave him his first cigarette in about the fifth grade. He said that Joe Pilkington, Jack Werner, and Mr. Ryan taught each other how to ride two-wheelers.

Barbara Goldberg, left, and Faye Fenwick at the Taurus birthday luncheon. Barbara Goldberg, left, and Faye Fenwick at the Taurus birthday luncheon.
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Bob Lynch, Frank Ryan, Bill Moburg, Dick Hunter, Steve Shawaker, Jim Joyce, Jim Malone, Jack Beckham, Jim Machen, and Mike Griswold were among those who attended.

A NICE surprise Monday for guests at a golf outing hosted by Rita Mansour and Lynn Beverage of McDonald Investments at Sylvania Country Club was getting some pointers from LPGA champion Joan Pitcock, who jetted into to Toledo from California just for the occasion. After Ms. Pitcock demonstrated a few trade secrets, she tooled around the links in a cart, watching as the golfers, novice to seasoned, drove their balls and sunk their putts - well, except for those who found their balls in Ten Mile Creek, which seemed to curve throughout the course.

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At about the fourth or fifth hole the siren sounded, indicating the course was closed due to weather. But the fun continued in the clubhouse as Ms. Pitcock stayed and chatted. Meanwhile, some folks noticed Lilly golf duds in the pro shop. The skies cleared, so some ventured out again while the rest of the crew called it a day. Ms. Pitcock said she is looking forward to seeing everyone at the LPGA in July.

"HAPPY birthday to us, happy birthday to us ..." The Taurus birthday bunch gathered at Barbara Goldberg's home May 19 for their annual birthday lunch, where they were all queens for a day. Everyone donned jewel-embellished crowns and drank from crystal goblets embellished with jewels and their names. They also have a small gift exchange - it has a $10 limit.

Sharon Allen, Carol Bardi, Barbara Biggs, Darla Harbaugh, Leslie McCaffrey, Jan Merrell, Kateri Walsh, Faye Fenwick, and Diane Churdar, who is the keeper of the list and the goblets, and other members take turns hosting the event. Depending on the year, there are anywhere from a dozen to two dozen guests. Patty Westmeyer, who was not present this year, was missed.

A RECEPTION was May 18 at Inverness Club for members of the Toledo Area Humane Society's Golden Paw League and Forever Friends.

Jack Werner, left, David Ryan, Joseph Pilkington, and Bill Moburg at a recent lunch gathering at Cafe Marie. Jack Werner, left, David Ryan, Joseph Pilkington, and Bill Moburg at a recent lunch gathering at Cafe Marie.
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Guest speaker was Greg Fuller, who is medical director for two hospital emergency departments but has a whole different career in his off-hours as a humane society volunteer. He is a professional handler for his dogs, which are trained to find bombs, drugs, or dead bodies. He has assisted local and federal agencies, bringing his dogs to Ground Zero in New York after 9/11, and to New York last August to help secure areas during the Republican convention.

Emily Anderson, 10, is a great example of starting philanthropy at an early age. Instead of birthday presents she asked for donations to the society in honor of her deceased father, Thomas A. Anderson. The gifts added up to $100, then some folks were so moved by her efforts that they made matching donations and soon the pot grew to $400.

THE TOTALS are in for the seventh annual Sex, Drag, and Rock 'n Roll event to benefit Planned Parenthood.

The party was May 14 at Zenobia Shrine. Palm trees, sizzling colors, pink flamingos, tropical flowers, and painted murals of dancers set the scene. It was the idea of Phil Lagore. Adding to the Latin flair were Jesse Torrence and Anilu O'Hara, who performed a hot salsa. Emcee Trixie Deluxxe, a female illusionist who is a Detroit radio personality, kept the evening fast-paced. The exotic evening also featured female illusionist Tommie Ross of Memphis.

Between shows, the more than 350 guests danced and sated appetites with hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Event chairman Shelley McCoy-Grissom reports that more than $14,000 was netted.

THE seventh annual HERO Awards benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio was May 13 at SeaGate Centre. From the hundreds of individuals nominated for the awards, five were selected as honorees. Nominees have made a difference in the lives of children in northwest Ohio through their workplace, profession, or volunteerism. Honored were Dorothy Batson, education; Kim Bordenkircher, business; Wilma Brown, government; Linell Weinberg, community service, and Joe Napoli, sports.

Shannon Mitchell was recognized as the outstanding youth role model of the year. The event was attended by more than 300 guests, and the approximate net was $10,000.

THE LITTLE Sisters of the Poor benefit, "Soiree on the Maumee," May 12 at Toledo Country Club was, as always, a nice event. Guests sipped and supped and shopped at the silent auction. The Sisters worked to make everything flow perfectly and every guest feel special.

Decorations had an angelic theme with assorted angels for centerpieces, thanks to decorating gals Barb Berry and Lois Farr.

Honorary chairmen Dan and Mary DiSalle and general chairman Bonnie Grosjean were pleased with the $65,000 net.

Among the 315 guests were Tom and Betty Straub, John and Yolanda Szuch, Tom and Jeannie McGuire, Ron and Ronnie Zak, Paul and Elaine Raglow, Terry Cole, Terrie Geiger, Bill and Jean Buckley, John and Bridget Ansberg, Jim and Nancy Smythe, John and Jo Minogue, Rome and Theresa Marinelli, Bill and Kathy Dwyer, and hundreds more!



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