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Cameras flashed, crowds cheered, and reporters with microphones asked "Who are you wearing?" as party-goers entered on the red carpet for the 10th annual Red Cross Oscar Night on Feb. 24 at the Owens Community College Performing Arts Center.
The excitement gave guests a chance to see what it was like in the limelight as emcees Jerry Anderson and Chrys Peterson of WTOL-TV, Channel 11 greeted them with questions as other local stars arrived from the parking lot via limousine courtesy of Black and White Transportation.
Then it was delectable foods, music, and a big screen to watch the 85th Academy Awards ceremony. Nearly 30 restaurants donated their time and specialties, offering everything from savory lamb chops, lobster bisque, shrimp, and pork to sweet treats such as cheesecake pops, crepes, and gooey chocolate confections. Among them were Poco Piatti, Irish Eyes Heavenly Pub, Kotobuki, Nick & Jimmy's, Revolution Grille, Real Seafood, Mancy Brother's Catering, Rosie's Italian, Registry Bistro, LaScola, Georgio's, Beirut, and the Final Cut.
Meanwhile the Taste of the Nation committee members served as bartenders in the night club setting as the Homewreckers and HepCat Revival played tunes for listening and dancing.
Many folks vied for the two silent auction items: a ruby and diamond necklace from Jaffe Jewelers and a private dining experience at the Final Cut. Movie-themed raffle baskets ranging in value from $700-$1,500 each were exciting as well.
Among the 700 attendees were honorary chairmen Mike Bower, Owens Community College president, and his wife, Carol. Also scene were Mayor Mike Bell and Karen Jarosz, Fred and Julie Treuhaft, Doug and Jan Martin, Cyndi and Jack Sculfort, Ellie Barnette, Denise and Terry Benton, Gary and Roberta Schaber, Ben and Peggy Brown, Bob and Mary Arquette, Phil and Mary Lou Rudolph, and Dick Joseph and Cherie Assally.
The estimated net from the event is $145,000, which is the most ever, according to event chairmen Stephanie Kuhlman and Keith Kwiatkowski, who were assisted by committee members Dee Talmage, Joe Buick, Jason Copsey, Sally DePerro, Sondra Gibbons, Marsha Manahan, and Matt Hoverman. Sponsors included Hollywood Casino, Columbia Gas, The Blade, and KeyBank.
American Red Cross in Wood County's annual Fire & Ice event sponsored by Rudolph/Libbe Inc., was Feb. 19 at the Clazel Theater in Bowling Green. Toledo anchorman Jerry Anderson was the emcee for the event in his hometown. The Bourbon Street Band played as the more than 300 attendees dined on tasty edibles from local restaurants and sipped beverages served by local firefighters.
A wine bottle raffle for an iPad was sponsored by Cousino Harris Disaster Kleen-up and a key raffle was held for a chance to unlock a case holding an exquisite piece of jewelry provided by C. Sterling Jewelers. A glass bowl handcrafted by the Bowling Green State University Glass art department especially for the event was auctioned off: Students Mitchell Noah and Mark Borsz used an Italian glass-blowing technique.
A special presentation highlighted the commitment of Red Cross to members of the military, veterans, and their families. First responders and community partners of the local Red Cross chapter were honored. More than $28,000 was raised for disaster relief and preparedness.
Upstairs, downstairs, and in every dining room of the stately Toledo Club were 450 guests Feb. 23 for the Toledo Symphony Dinner Music fund-raiser. After cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the grand foyer, party-goers went to their respective dining rooms for private concerts and dinner.
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In each room, the menus varied and were matched to a music theme. Chef Michael Rosenthal and cellist Robert Clemens joined forces for an improvisational experience with food and music, letting guests vote on the menu. A jazz journey was in another room with Creole cuisine and John Cleveland on piano, Rick Luettke on bass, and Keith McWatters, drums.
The symphony's president emeritus Robert Bell nurtured the budding talents of his young students in a series of delightful duets. That's where honorary co-chairman Joseph H. Zerbey IV, president and general manager of The Blade, made his musical debut as a student pianist, accompanied by Amy Chang. Proudly watching and listening was his wife, Barbara.
Honorary co-chairman Bill McDonnell, regional president of event sponsor PNC, was there with his wife, Heather McDonnell. Others who attended included Dick Anderson, symphony board chairman and his wife Fran, , Frank and Ola Jacobs, Bill and Jean Buckley, Randy and Barb Oostra, Tom and Betsy Brady, Mike Thaman and Lisa Gathard, George and Leslie Chapman, Howard Madigan, Doug and Sue Neckers, Carol Greenberg, Keith and Susan Burwell, Mark and Gretchen Zyndorf, Tom and Marlene Uhler, Bob and Kim LaClair, Jon Orser and Deborah Born, and Don Leary and Becky Fuhrman.
The $25,000 estimated net benefits the symphony's series performances, neighborhood concerts, and music education activities.