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On the Town: Benefit dances

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    Dick Fisher with his daughter Kelly, left, and wife Sandy at the East Toledo Family Center’ 14th annual Renaissance Gala.

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    Lisa Brondes, left, and Toledo Rotary president Eric Fankhauser at the ITZA Ball.

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Lisa Brondes, left, and Toledo Rotary president Eric Fankhauser at the ITZA Ball.

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Toledo Rotary Foundation ITZA Ball

It was a ball at the ITZA Ball earlier this month at Parkway Place.

The benefit for the Toledo Rotary Foundation started with cocktails, schmoozing, and shopping at the silent auction.

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Sister Mary Ann Culpert gave the invocation before a tasty dinner at tables centered with decorations by Shared Lives Art Gallery, part of Lott Industries.

Toledo Rotary Board President Eric Fankhauser of Toledo Metal Spinning Company and honorary chairman Joseph H. Zerbey VI, president and general manager of The Blade, owned by Block Communications Inc., welcomed everyone. The Yark Automotive Group Reverse Raffle for a 2011 Jeep Wrangler lease was won by Steven R. Smith.

The see-and-be-seen night continued with the live auction of great items, including a golden Lab pup and vacation, golf, dinner, and sports packages. But the real fun was yet to come: the Itza Buckeye CableSystem Variety Show. A lot of hidden talent was revealed during the fun and entertaining time, thanks to the 30-some members who participated, including show director Jennifer Rockwood, stage manager James Norman, choreographer Dena Monroe, and show host Paul Casmus.

More than $100,000 was netted, according to event chairman Kathy Gries, who was assisted by co-chairman Holly Jensen. They were quick to praise the help of the vast committee of members that included chairmen Katie Rofkar, Barbara Kopp Miller, Judy Leb, Joe Napoli, Mark Makulinski, and Debra Monogan.

Among the 480 attendees were Hope and Rick Mitchell; Bob and Katie Martin; Todd and Terri Deindoerfer; Riaz Chaudhary; Karen and Bob Lucas; Bill and Diane Kitson; Bill and Jean Buckley; Jon and Kathy Miller; Brad and Julie Rubini; Gary and Bev McBride; Hunt and Cherie Sears, Bob Reichert; Bob and Mary Arquette; David Hancock; Mark Goodremont; Molly Long; Pat and Jim Appold; George Korhummel; Elizabeth and Dick Ruppert; Clayton and Bridgett Holt, and Wayne Nault.

Maritime Academy of Toledo Admiral's Ball

The inaugural Admiral's Ball and silent auction for the Maritime Academy of Toledo was attended by about 100 supporters. The event netted nearly $15,000 for the school and its students.

Maritime Academy of Toledo Superintendent Renee Marazon and her husband, Dave, were all smiles at the turnout in the academy on Water Street.

Seen were Gary Draeger and his wife, Carly Bennice-Draeger; Carol and Larry Draeger; Barb and Steve Toth; Paul and Rebecca LaMarre; Anna and Jim Hartung, and Tim and Jen Crites.

Also, Bob and Jean McKee; Mary Jo and Jim Freimark; Matt Zaleski and his wife, Betty Osenbaugh-Zaleski; Howie Peace; Patricia and Terry Szyperski; Mark Urutia, and John and Laurie Clemons.

Many out-of-town guests were there too, including Capt. Arthur Sulzer from the Philadelphia Maritime Academy; Chris Guerra of the Atlantic Coast of the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association of Jersey City, N.J., Jerry Achenbach of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich., and Bart Anderson of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour then a five-course dinner prepared by Chef Ed Gozdowski, which featured lobster bisque and stuffed tenderloin with a port wine demi-glaze.

More than 20 items were up for grabs in the silent auction, including a cruise on the Great Lakes aboard a freighter that went for $6,000. It was donated by Brendan O'Connor of the Interlake Steamship Company of Cleveland. An autographed football signed by 28 players inducted into the NFL's Hall of Fame went for $500. It was donated by Jim Hartung. Two rowboats made by students in the academy's boat building lab sold for $750.


Dick Fisher with his daughter Kelly, left, and wife Sandy at the East Toledo Family Center’ 14th annual Renaissance Gala.

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East Toledo Family Center Renaissance Gala

The East Toledo Family Center celebrated its 110th anniversary with a Renaissance Gala earlier this month at Glass City Boardwalk.

Event chairmen Dick and Sandy Fisher promoted the theme with photographs from the center's archives; some from each decade lined the walls. Giant posters made by young people who attend classes at the center were on display, and a 1910 Metz automobile, representing the very beginnings of ETFC, was centered on the dance floor.

Food for fuel was provided by Glass City Boardwalk, El Camino Real, and Country Catering. Patty Ferguson made an anniversary cake. The Cake Walkin' Jass Band put a little pep in everyone's step.

A silent auction, mystery boxes, and raffle boards added to the fun and helped raise about $15,000 for the Branching Toward the Future Campaign.

Emcee Allison Brown of WUPW-TV, Channel 36, kept the evening rolling and helped present awards.

Helen Michael was presented with the Century Award for her support of ETFC for more than 70 years.

Distinguished Citizen Awards went to Vince Donofrio and Daniel Saunders; the Richard Fisher Educator Awards to Kristie Gibbs, Barb Guthrie, and Beverly Smith, and the Warren Densmore Scholarship to Patricia Castillo of Waite High School and Taylor TenEych from Cardinal Stritch.

Among the 250 attendees were U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo); Toledo City Councilman Mike Craig and his wife, Karen; Don Saunders; Scott and Laurie Saunders; Bob and Jean Clark; Rick and Sue Jaques; Dennis and Lisa Pavley; Erik and Kim Wineland; Pat and Joy Gladieux; Dave Yenrick, and board chairman Darrin Arquette.

An Affair to Remember: Alzheimer's Association

An Affair to Remember to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Ohio was early this month at Carranor Hunt and Polo Club.

Cocktails and food stations quenched thirsts and sated appetites while a string quartet played softly and guests shopped the silent auction for all kinds of wonderful gifts including artworks and pampering and entertainment packages. Then folks burned a few calories dancing to the tunes of the Subtones.

The gala committee included Sue Blevins, Jenny Bucher, Susan Conda, Bev Cox, Margaret Day, Gail Doxsie, Patty Gelb, Barb Kosik, Rosie Olejownik, Lisa Rosanski, and Beth Wong.

Nearly $30,000 was netted, thanks to the 200 attendees, according Salli Bollin, executive director.

Seen were board president Michael Malone; Pat and Bob Bidwell; William Conlick; Mark Moser; Craig and Debbie Fauble; Ann Marie and David Quinn; Tom Cline and April Huber, and Sharlene and Mark Campbell.

Bay View Commodore's Ball

Bay View Yacht Club's annual Commodore's Ball honored new Comm. Greg Snyir and Lady Becky Jenderly.

The event took place at Bayside Boardwalk, with a blue and silver lighthouse theme. This is just one of several such balls held by area yacht clubs in preparation for the upcoming boating season.

Zenobia Potentate Ball

The Zenobia Potentate Ball honored the Illustrious Sir Robert Secoy and Lady Susan.

Bernie and Dorothy Welniak were the chairmen of the event, held at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.

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