In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the 22nd Annual Diamante Community Awards and Scholarship Dinner was Sept. 23 at Bowling Green State University. Emcee for the evening was Albert Colom of BGSU.
Welcome remarks were by Mary Ellen Mazey, BGSU president; Renay Scott, executive vice president and provost, Owens Community College; Robert Helmer, president, Lourdes University, and Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, president, University of Toledo.
Community service award winners included Toledo Fire Chief Luis Santiago, Ruben Hernandez of Adelante, Inc., and Ardenia Jones Terry. They were presented with a Diamante award, a clay figurine on a slate base created by teacher and artist Jennifer Moorman.
More than $20,000 was raised and 21 scholarships were awarded to the following students:
● BGSU: Monica Gonzalez, Joel Guzman, Alexandria Serrato
● Lourdes University: Karla Mendoza, Colleen Berry, Melissa Cline, Felicia Thompson, Jenna Cassity, Marie Symeou
● Owens Community College: Grace Lomeli, Angela Lucio, Tabitha Mixon, Jennifer Negrete, AnaAlicia Wolfe, Perla Ruiz-Santiago, Denise Shisler
● University of Toledo: Andres Zapata, Selena Arriaga, Natalie Guzman, Brittney Rodriguez, Nicole Avila.
The menu had a Latin flair with fritters of rice, beans and green corn; beef and chicken tacos with wood-fired vegetable mole; mojo pork with grilled corn cakes; pork loin bites on spiced mashed pumpkin; rum cake and pemoles-sweet corn cookies. A pomegranate-mango punch quenched thirsts.
Among the more than 300 attendees was event coordinator Maria Gonzalez. She was assisted by Margarita De Leon, Ann Savage, Alexis DeAnda, Kelli Daniels, Yolanda Flores, Doreen Bateson, Michele Martinez, Natalie Guzman, Kelly Dilworth, and Jessica Molina.
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The Toledo Chapter of the Links, Inc. held the first "It's JAZZ at the White Party -- Links Style!" Sept. 18 at Brandywine Country Club in Maumee. All-white attire by some 250 guests was a farewell nod to summer. The elegant affair featured sax man Jesse Coleman and the JAMM Band, along with vocalist Vicki Simpson Brooks. Guests also were entertained with dancing demonstrations by United We Step and Women of Step for Chicago stepping, and Mind, Body and Soul for ballroom dancing.
RRT Images snapped photos of the guests, which included former Toledo Mayor Jack Ford, state Rep. Michael Ashford (D., Toledo), and chapter president of the Toledo Links, Johnetta McCollough.
A portion of the proceeds supports Links community programs. Event chairman Laneta Goings was assisted by co-chairman Traci Watkins.
The Northwestern Ohio Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosted its 12th Annual Dinner of Champions: Triumphs and Treasures, Celebrating People Who Make a Difference Sept. 29 at The Pinnacle.
About 250 supporters dined while shopping the silent auction and participating in the short live auction by Jerry Anderson of WTOL-TV, Channel 11.
MS Achievement honoree Tricia Courtney Tischler, said she shared the award with everyone with MS.
Event chairman Gloria Sheline and chapter president Jacque Pratt reported that nearly $30,000 was raised for the chapter.
Thanks go to the event committee including Anita Voveris, Keith Brooks, Michael Fruchtman, Teri Swimmer, Carol Savage, Beth Waggoner, Arturo Polizzi, Sharon Cox, Mark Wuertz, Carla Brady, and Janet Mohrmann.