Allan Rubin, from left, Sandra Hylant, Susan Block, and Allan Block attend the Art and Autism charity event.
Art and Autism, an evening of incredible cuisine, creative art, and top chefs, was Sept. 1 in the riverfront home of Barbara Steel and Alan Kimpel of Perrysburg. The event, which benefits the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital, was a booming success with an estimated net of $275,000, according to Molly Long, executive director of the Toledo Children's Hospital Foundation, and Marc Folk, executive director of the arts commission.
Guests, greeted with flutes of champagne, strolled the beautifully landscaped gardens as soft music by Calen Savidge and Scott Ballard filled the air. Adding to the scene was the two-story deck of white lights created for the occasion by Joe Jenkins of Vision Performance Group.
The crowd stayed cool in the heat of the night: Women wore sun dresses and the men wore casual sportswear.
The delicious food included lamb chops, shrimp, duck, chicken, salmon, soups, sushi, and petite cupcakes presented and donated by Mancy's, Fifi Reprise, Veggie U, Bar 419, Evans Street Station, The Beirut, Poco Piatti, Chef Marcel Hesseling of Marcel Fine Catering, Celina Tio, chef and owner of Julian restaurant in Kansas City, and Chef Sebastian Mazzotta of Naples, Fla.
Honorary chairman George Chapman of Health Care REIT, and Rita Mansour of Mansour Wealth Group, foundation board president and event chairman, thanked everyone for supporting two great causes. Auctioneer Jerry Anderson of WTOL-TV, Channel 11, assisted by emcee Chrys Peterson, also of WTOL-TV, Channel 11, enticed folks to bid. Scott and Margy Trumbull and Jole Harmon and Jan Wilcox each bought a dinner prepared by Celina Tio at George and Leslie Chapman's home. Joan Bayer and Dave Venable each bought dinners by Chef Celina to be held at her restaurant. Mr. Venable bought a stay at the Florida vacation home donated by Dave and Nancy Tyner. Sheila Schwartz and Barbara Steele bought a stay at the Jamaican villa donated by Scott and Margy Trumbull. George and Leslie Chapman bought some of the larger pieces of artwork. Mary Ellen Pisanelli bought a painting by Amick Olson, a 5-year-old Perrysburg boy who has autism. The painting was featured on the invitations for the event. Jim Moore and Tim Valko bought a second piece of art that Amick will paint for them.
Hostess Barbara Steele, left, and honorary chairman George Chapman, right, at the Perrysburg riverfront home of Ms. Steele and Alan Kimpel.
Among the 425 guests were bankers, lawyers, businessmen, and more including Block Communications, Inc. chairman Allan and Susan Block, Randy and Barb Oostra, Larry and Jill Peterson, Jim and Kay Murray, Eric Fanhauser and Lisa Brondes, Malcolm and Peggy Richards, Fred and Julie Treuhaft, Joe and Annette Napoli, Larry Ruffin, Herb and Carolyn Metzger, Kevin Gilmore, Dirk and Julie VanHeyst, Marianne Ballas, Tim and Nancy Alter, Tim and Janice Schlachter, Bob and Kim LaClair, Bill and Pam Davis, George Rumman, Bob and Kathy Chirdon, Michelle and Ivan Jaffe, Eleanore Awadalla, Brooke and Lars Olson (parents of Amick), Brian and Beth Bucher, Tom and Jane Manahan, Don Kory and Elaine Canning, Bill and Paula Fall, Steve Klepper, Paul and Elise Devers, Sandra Hylant, Jerry and Phyllis Deaton, Tamara Martin, Daniel Dessner, Amy Levine, Amy Culler, Terry and Denise Benton, Sarah McHugh and Dave Hart, Sharon Speyer and Dean Monske, Don and Shari Kellermeyer, Leo and Deb Deiger, Art and Jan Purinton, Penny and Steve Staelin, Cindy Taylor, Ina and Jim Tuschman, Doug and Jan Martin, and Kay and Boyd Montgomery.
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