Community leaders continue to support worthy causes. Many of these leaders donate financially and in hours of volunteer work. In the process, many also attend fun events that support the arts and organizations that help others.
The red carpet was rolled out for local stars who attended the seventh annual American Red Cross Oscar Night “Masquerade.” Presented by Columbia Gas of Ohio, it took place Sunday in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Owens Community College.
Celebrities for the night, wearing gowns, classy tuxedos, or dapper suits, exited the limousines and paraded past the screaming “fans” vying for autographs. Cameras flashed as paparazzi including Chrys Peterson and Jerry Anderson of WTOL-TV, Channel 11, inquired what designer they were wearing. Greeting everyone was honorary chairman Mayor Mike Bell.
The star treatment continued with upscale foods from more than 25 of Toledo's finest restaurants and caterers, specialty drinks, and dancing with Mojoe Boes & His Noble Jones and Hepcat Revival. Oscar gift baskets were valued at more than $400. Peterson, who was drawing the tickets, pulled her own ticket. Sena Mourad won a basket from Harold Jaffe Jewelers valued at $2,500, including a chance to design her own piece of jewelry.
Gadding about the nearly 500 guests were Chris and Ann Kozak, Keith and Susan Burwell, Jeff and Laurie Jaffe, Ivan and Michelle Jaffe, Phil and Mary Lou and Phil Rudolph, Jr., Cary and Dave Wise, Pam and Mike Koontz, Dick and Kathy Faist, Tony and Chrissy Rodriguez, Doug and Jan Martin, Scott Jones and Danielle Briones, Janece Woulard, Capucine Dickerson, Ben and Peggy Brown, Denise and Terry Benton, Lynette and Dave Werning, who just returned that day from an Iowa visit, and many more community supporters.
At $100 a ticket, the event brought in about $34,000 to help people in need in northwest Ohio.
LEADERSHIP TOLEDO: Leading Community Involvement is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and in honor of the occasion, a party was held during the sixth annual community breakfast last week in the Stranahan Great Hall.
Leadership Toledo is a community program that develops leadership skills, instills philanthropic values, and creates lasting bonds among people from all walks of life: bankers, lawyers, accountants, nonprofit leaders, industry, and more. There are 812 graduates.
Executive director David Schlaudecker said the organization has a $198,000 budget, which covers his salary plus those of youth director Cory Dippold and two part-time employees, and the programs. “We are a lean, bare-bones organization” he said. The group relies on volunteerism for many of its responsibilities.
Nearly $62,500 was raised to support the Youth Leadership Toledo program for about 50 sophomores from nearly every area high school. The annual cost per student is $1,350.
The Youth Leadership Toledo program has had 569 graduates since its inception 14 years ago. A Youth in Philanthropy program was started 12 years ago for juniors and seniors: The brainchild of Deke Welles, it is run by the Toledo Community Foundation.
Two Youth Leadership Toledo graduates, Betsy Lashaway, now a law student at the University of Toledo and full-time engineer for Owens-Illinois Inc., and David Westmeyer, a junior at Toledo Christian, spoke at the event.
Honored were the 2010 classes of Leadership Toledo and the youth group, which started their journey in September and will continue through May, 2011. Present were representatives from each class including Jay Mirrow, from the first class. You may recognize some of the grads: Dirk VanHeyst, Bill Foster, Sara Moynihan, George and Vicky Brymer, Keith Burwell, Cynthia Beekley, Sandy Goerlich Alexander, Claudia Handwork, and Rob Loeb.
Event chairman Lori Powe, a board member, was assisted by Jacqueline Rivers, Mike Dockins, Dan McQuillen, Sharon Prueter, Jim Walrod, and William Garbe, board president.