Legal eagles, associates, and guests gathered recently for the 79th annual Gridiron Show at the Valentine Theatre presented by the Toledo Junior Bar Association.
While the show is off the record, the pre-parties aren't. Many gathered in the lobby for cocktails and hors d' oeuvres while others made an appearance at the annual Connelly, Jackson, & Collier LLP party at Ice Restaurant and Bar.
Last year's Order of the Heel award, which was presented posthumously, went to Neil Light. He was represented at this year's event by his widow, Ruthy Light, who spoke before presenting Ronnie Wingate with the 2012 award. The Public Defenders' office presented the Neil Light Scholarship to Kati Tharp. An Order of the Sole award, only given on occasion, was presented to Kenneth White, Sr.
Co-presidents are Patrick Hendershott and Michelle Sullivan.
Members and guests of the Toledo Bar Association Auxiliary got a sneak peek at this year's Gridiron event during the annual Take a Lawyer /Friend to Dinner at Georgio's Cafe International. The schmoozing was great and the dinner was divine, but the entertainment with Kenneth White, Sr. and cohorts Willard Johnson and Joe Scalzo topped the evening of fun and gave a preview of the upcoming Gridiron.
President Linda McBee was there with her husband, Clint, as were event chairmen Cathy Nelson, with her husband John, and Susan Strup, with her husband David.
Among the guests were Sue Martin and Jude Aubry, Phyllis Ide, Claudia and Peter Handwork, Nancy Celusta, Pam and Henry Herschel, Marie Vogt, Louise and Bill Barkan, Norma Weiher, and Martha and Ben Marsh.
The annual Access to Justice Awards Dinner, presented by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., and the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program, was held recently at the Pinnacle. Three individuals and two corporations were honored: Margarita DeLeon, Thomas Goodwin, Thomas McCarter, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, and Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association.
The featured speaker was Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law. Mr. Ogletree is an author, legal theorist, and the founding and executive director of Harvard Law School's new Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice.
The American Cancer Society's Bags, Baubles, and Baskets: A Girls Night Out recently at Parkway Place netted nearly $33,000 for the cause.
And what fun: bingo and raffles for famous-maker purses, raffles and a silent auction for jewelry, and a silent auction of baskets filled with all kinds of items from the practical to the exquisite.
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Emcee Lissa Guyton of WTVG-TV, Channel 13, kept the evening rolling. Honored guest was Josie Langsdorf, a cancer survivor.
Event sponsors included Dr. Houston Hohnson, Jr., Mercy, Toledo Women's Council of Realtors, Aircraft Ground Services, and many more.
Community philanthropist Dorothy MacKenzie Price was surprised with a party in honor of her birthday. The event, organized by Yolanda Woodberry, Norene Drewicz and Nigel Burgoine, was May 6 at the Ballet Theatre of Toledo. Close friends and family supplied refreshments and the Toledo School for the Arts and Ballet Theatre of Toledo performed. A "Golden Pointe Shoe Award" was presented to Mrs. Price.