The 16th annual East Toledo Family Center Gala with a Hawaiian luau theme presented by Mercy St. Charles Hospital with Toledo Refining Co. and other sponsors was April 13 at Glass City Boardwalk. A Volkswagenbug, surf board, tiki hut, and more filled the room and the Late Show band played familiar beach tunes.
Emcee Timm Morrison of 93.5 WRQN radio welcomed the nearly 250 supporters to the tropical night that included a silent auction, mystery boxes, and raffle boards, and tasty food provided by Glass City, El Camino Sky, Country Catering, and Wixey Bakery. Honored were Tim Martin and Deb McLaren, Gretchen Paskiet, Dave Pitsenbarger, and Carolyn Yenrick.
Event chairmen Dick and Sandy Fisher report a net of about $18,000 for the center’s senior program.
Among the crowd were Oregon city councilman Mike Sheehy and wife Sandy, Mercy St. Charles president Bob Gospodarek and wife Kathy, Toledo Federation of Teachers president Kevin Dalton and wife Angie, Bob and Jean Clark, and Jeff and Sheila Dempsey.
PHOTO GALLERY: April events benefit seniors, families
ASSETS Toledo’s Spring Into Elegance gala April 20 at the Pinnacle raised $2,000. ASSETS helps individuals with a vision for self-employment and small business initiatives via training, mentoring, a support network, and capital.
Honored were U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), The Andersons, Sauder Manufacturing, and Ebony Sims.
Among the 200-plus guests were Bob and Kathie Maxwell, Doni Miller, Romules Durant, Vallie Bowman-English, Linnie Willis, John Moore, Christina Rodriguez, Florence Buchanan, and Bishop Duane Tisdale an d his wife, Thelma.
Unmask Your Love Charity Ball to benefit the Family House Emergency Shelter on April 13 at the Toledo Club reaped $17,000. The event was attended by 53 people. Sponsors included Buckeye CableSystem, TDC Risk Management, Great Lakes Credit Union, Reynolds Corners Rotary Club, Fifth Third Bank, and Gilmore, Jasion & Maher. Attendees were formally announced as they entered the room where the Asteria String Quartet played music and a traditional turkey dinner was served. Paulette Studio of Dance representatives provided the costumed guests with ballroom dance lessons. Bravo to event chairman David Seeger.
Cherry Street Mission Ministries’ spring banquet “It’s All About Hope” was April 18 at Grace Church in Perrysburg. The approximately 500 attendees dined on food prepared and served with the help of mission clients who shared their life stories and how they have been transformed. A total of $59,000 was raised.