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Published: Thursday, 11/3/2005

Blair Museum honors volunteers with a party

October was a month full of support as residents continued to give back to the community.

A RECEPTION Sunday at the Blair Museum of Lithophanes at Toledo Botanical Garden was held in honor of its volunteers. The museum was founded in 2002 by community philanthropist Posy Huebner, a retired docent at the Toledo Museum of Art and a retired teacher, and her husband, Robert Huebner. Mr. Huebner died in 2004.

The museum, a member of the Resident Organization Council, is one of 13 groups residing at TBG. Among the guests was ROC chairman Sharon Larrow. Also seen was Blair curator Margaret Carney.

Mrs. Huebner, who describes herself as the docent recruiter, scheduler, and more, said, We are so appreciative of these great people that volunteer to learn about the collection and help us do tours on weekends. The season runs from May to October, with additional tours offered to private groups by appointment during the year.

A TRUE act of kindness: Folks sipped spirits and nibbled snacks as they browsed Oct. 13 at Jan Merrell Kitchens. But it was not a business event for Jan Merrell, it was a special reception for Woodlight Studio owners Kathy Potter and Eric Solberg as an extra effort to increase sales while Ms. Potter recovers from an illness. Everyone pitched in and bought creations totaling just over $2,800.

IT WAS short and sweet. The Kaleidoscope of Children Fund-raising Breakfast Oct. 25 at the Clarion Hotel was just an hour long, yet it netted $78,000 in contributions and pledges. The event was to benefit Double ARC, a nonprofit organization for children with special learning needs. The donations were all profit, thanks to the law firm of Williams, Jilek, Lafferty, Gallagher, and Scott, the underwriters for the breakfast that was attended by nearly 230 guests.

HEARTBEAT of Toledo held its annual Champagne Brunch Oct. 9 at Inverness Club. Fresh fruits, eggs, meats, salads, and desserts made for a tasty meal to complement the champagne.

A silent auction that included hand-crafted items, gift certificates, art, and more added to the fun for the more than 200 guests.

Seen were chairmen Rita Arite, Maggie Hiszak, and Rhea Jagodzinski, and board president Juanita Sattler, who said the event netted about $14,000.

THERE S still time to visit Space 237 Galleries and Studios for the Untitled exhibit that opened Oct. 7 with works by more than 18 regional artists. The annual show runs through Dec. 30.

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