Dancing with the Military Stars presented by the Arms Forces May 18 at the Stranahan Great Hall was a patriotic night in honor of military veterans with invisible wounds.
Emcee Tom Cole of BCSN welcomed everyone. Honorary chairman Municipal Court Judge Bill Connelly, Jr., commended the veterans and founder and president of the Arms Forces, Pam Hays. She danced with each honored vet to the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a promise the organization made to the veterans.
Mayor Mike Bell said “We need to remember what Memorial Day is all about ...The Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall will be here June 5-9.” Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez, who has a brother in the service, said “they fought for our freedom and no veteran should ever be forgotten.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Dancers salute military veterans
PHOTO GALLERY: Area fashion shows
Mayor Bell and Marine veteran Teresa Hillis danced to “How Can You Mend A Broker Heart?” in honor of veterans who have died from suicide or substance abuse after having post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury, including John Kent, Navy, father of Harley Kent, and Bill Moll, Navy, father of Erica, Tyler, and Kyle Moll.
A special guest was Korean War veteran Herbert Brown with partner Marty Hogle.
Dancers Lee Powell, lead pastor of CedarCreek Church, and his wife, Joi, were selected as the People’s Choice winners for 2012 and 2013 because they raised the most money.
Dancers included state Rep. Teresa Fedor, an Air Force veteran, with Jeff Lever in honor of Army veteran and member of the Air National Guard Jen Bauer; Kevin Braun, Toledo police sergeant and winner of ABC’s The Glass House, with Brenda Miller in honor of Air Force veteran Brian Jones; Michael Seay, SensoryMax, with Lori Clark in honor of Marine veteran Roland Forrester; Paul Toth, president and CEO of Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, with Ms. Miller in honor of Army Veteran Wes White, and Eric Hillenbrand, real estate developer, with Misha Brewer, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, owner of Gradkowski’s restaurant, danced with Ms. Brewer in honor of Army veteran Rich Dale. He wore his UT football jersey for his dance number, donated it for the auction, then bought it back for $1,000 and gave it to guest speaker Army veteran Matthew Drake, who was bidding until it went past his $600 limit. Mr. Drake, of Sylvania, is a survivor of an IED blast in 2004 during the Iraq war. Among the 420 attendees were retired Brig. Gen. U.S. Army Lance Talmage and wife Dee, who hosted a press party. An estimated $7,000 was raised.
Several fashion shows provided a preview of what to wear this summer and a sneak peek at fall fashions.
Vogue-Esquire Models of Chicago strutted the runway at the Toledo Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. 35th Breakfast for M’Lady “2013 Fashion Station” May 4 at the Pinnacle. Honored as mother of the year was Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo City Council president. Event chairman was Wanda Terrell.
Resort and lakewear fashions by Satori! were presented by the Toledo Yacht Club Auxiliary May 5 at the yacht club. More than $500 was raised for the historic club’s restoration, said event chairman Susan Stahl. Clothing was collected for Dress for Success for career development of disadvantaged women.
The Toledo Opera Guild hosted Phashion of the Opera in April with New York designer Michelle Cole. Also in the limelight was designer Kristi Iagulli of California, formerly of the Toledo area. Models showed off fashions from C Sterling Jewelers, Lady C, Pink Door Boutique, Nina McLemore, President Tuxedo, Sophie’s Sister, Ticknor’s Mens’ Clothiers, Vivian Kate, and Toledo Furs. The Toledo Club was the site for the dress rehearsal reception and fashion show luncheon. Also that week was a trunk show at Lady C, a soiree at Sojourner’s Truth sponsored by Alpha Phi Boule, and a farewell party at the home of Clare and Joel Gorski. Event chairmen Brian Hazle-Bahrs and Cindy Niggemeyer and guild president Traci Schwann report more than $14,000 was raised.
“Fashion on a High Note” at Carranor Hunt and Polo Club in April presented fashions provided by On Stage, CaBi by Pam Pilz, VCouture, Ragazza, and Elegant Rags. An auction had style, too: A Giorgio Armani tie donated by VCouture and an autographed hat and a script from Criminal Minds television show, courtesy of actor Jeanne Tripplehorn and husband Leland Orser, nephew of Jonathan Orser of Perrysburg. Event chairman Deborah Born reports that $5,000 was raised for the Toledo Symphony.
The Garden Club Forum “Scintilla Silhouette” was in April at Premier Banquet Hall. Paula Fall of Sophia Lustig Shop gave fashion tips as community models paraded the runway. About $3,600 was raised, said event chairman Coletta Allen.
Christ Child Society of Toledo’s spring luncheon and fashion show was May 16 at Sylvania Country Club with clothes from Lady C and Ragazza. Event chairmen were Joan Nicholson, Camille Jankowski, and Kathy Pancone. Kathy Wetli was honored for 20 years of service. Mary Beth Krebs and Connie Fields were recognized for extraordinary service as new members.